On This Day

On This Day in History for April 20 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1991 1st non stop flight Schiphol-Flamingo airport Bonaire
  • 1991 Raghib "Rocket" Ismael signs with Toronto Argonauts for $26.2 million
  • 1992 Expo '92 opens in Seville Spain
  • 1992 Joan Lunden, breaks her left shoulder after being thrown from a horse
  • 1993 Uranus passes Neptune (once every 171 years)
  • 1994 Danny Harold Rolling sentenced to death in Florida for killing 5
  • 1994 Serbian army bombs hospital in Goradze Bosnia, 47 killed
  • 1994 Sohail & Inzamam make world record ODI partnership of 263
  • 1994 Space shuttle STS-59 (Endeavour 6), lands
  • 1997 27th Easter Seal Telethon raises $47,392,682
  • 1998 TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53.
  • 1998 German terrorist group Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.
  • 1999 Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School, Colorado
  • 2004 In Iraq, 12 mortars are fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents, killing 22 detainees and wounding 92.
  • 2007 Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
  • 2010 The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes, killing 11 and causing the rig to sink, causing a massive oil discharge into the Gulf of Mexico and an environmental disaster

  • 2012 Plane crash near Islamabad, Pakistan, kills 127 people
  • 2012 40 people are killed and 27 injured after a tractor trailer collided with a bus in Alamo, Mexico
  • 2013 193 people are killed and 11,826 are injured after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes Lushan County, China
  • 2013 Giorgio Napolitano is re-elected President of Italy
  • 2015 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Anthony Doerr's for his novel "All the Light We Cannot See" and to Elizabeth Kolbert for "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History"
  • 2017 Terrorist attack on police van on Champs Élysées, Paris 1 police officer killed, 2 injured

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Mexican court bars sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

Painter Frida Kahlo
Painter
Frida Kahlo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Commonwealth countries decide Prince Charles will succeed Queen Elizabeth as the next head of the Commonwealth

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • 2020 Three US states, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina the 1st to announce end to some COVID-19 restrictions
  • 2020 Price of US oil turns negative for the 1st time in history - West Texas Intermediate, the benchmark for US oil, falls as low as minus $37.63 a barrel as worldwide demand falls
  • 2020 The last three cruise ships still afloat amid Covid pandemic, finally dock at the ports of Marseille, France; Barcelona, Spain; and Los Angeles California

MurderMurder of Interest

2021 Former police officer Derek Chauvin convicted of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, in a case that prompted huge nationwide racial justice protests [1]

Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd
  • 2021 President of Chad for three decades, Idriss Déby reported to have been killed on a battlefield fighting rebels near the capital of Ndjamena
  • 2021 Record number of new COVID-19 cases reported (5.24 million) in one week around the world according to WHO, with a third in India [1]

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