On This Day

Events in History in April 1920

  • Apr 1 The (Anglican) Church in Wales disestablished
  • Apr 4 Arabs attack Jews in Jerusalem
  • Apr 6 To force German evacuation of the Ruhr area, the French occupy Frankfurt, Darmstadt, and Hanau
  • Apr 13 1st woman US Civil Service Commissioner, Helen Hamilton appointed
  • Apr 15 New Canadian small cent coin is released
  • Apr 15 Sacco & Vanzetti Trial: paymaster shot and killed along with his guard

Historic Event

Apr 20 Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate

  • Apr 20 Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama & Mississippi
  • Apr 21 John Galsworthy's "Skin Game" premieres in London

End of the Ottoman Empire

Apr 23 Turkish Grand National Assembly 1st meets in Ankara, under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk denounces the government of Sultan Mehmed VI and announces a temporary constitution

  • Apr 24 British Mandate over Palestine goes into effect (lasts 28 years)
  • Apr 24 Polish troops attack Ukraine
  • Apr 26 Harlow Shapley and Heber D. Curtis hold "great debate" on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 27 Pogrom leader Petljoera declares Ukraine Independence
  • Apr 28 Azerbaijan SSR joins USSR (1st time)
  • Apr 29 Duke Kahanamoku wins his 2nd gold medal of the day in the winning American 4 x 200m freestyle relay team with Perry McGillivray, Pua Kealoha and Norman Ross in world record 10:04.4
  • Apr 30 The British Government ends military conscription