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April 20th, 2008 (April 20 2008)EventDanica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.
April 20th, 2007 (April 20 2007)EventJohnson 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.
April 20th, 2004 (April 20 2004)EventIn Iraq, 12 mortars are fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents, killing 22 detainees and wounding 92.
April 20th, 1999 (April 20 1999)EventColumbine High School massacre: Two gunmen kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School located in Jefferson County, Colorado.
April 20th, 1998 (April 20 1998)EventTAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogota, Colombia, killing 53.
April 20th, 1998 (April 20 1998)EventGerman terrorist group Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.
April 20th, 1986 (April 20 1986)EventPianist Vladimir Horowitz performed in his native Russia for the first time in 61 years.
April 20th, 1986 (April 20 1986)EventProfessional basketball player Michael Jordan sets all-time record for points in an NBA playoff game with 63 against the Boston Celtics.
April 20th, 1985 (April 20 1985)EventATF raid on The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord compound in northern Arkansas.
April 20th, 1980 (April 20 1980)EventClimax of Berber Spring in Algeria as hundreds of Berber political activists are arrested.
April 20th, 1978 (April 20 1978)EventKorean Air Flight 902 shot down by Soviets.
April 20th, 1972 (April 20 1972)EventApollo 16 lands on the Moon.
April 20th, 1968 (April 20 1968)EventA South African Airways Boeing 707 crashes during takeoff at Windhoek, South-West Africa, killing 122.
April 20th, 1968 (April 20 1968)EventEnglish politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial Rivers of Blood speech.
April 20th, 1967 (April 20 1967)EventA Globe Air Bristol Britannia turboprop crashes at Nicosia, Cyprus, killing 126.
April 20th, 1964 (April 20 1964)EventBBC Two launches with the power cut because of the fire at Battersea Power Station.
April 20th, 1961 (April 20 1961)EventFailure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US troops against Cuba.
April 20th, 1945 (April 20 1945)EventWorld War II: US troops capture Leipzig, Germany, only to later cede the city to the Soviet Union.
April 20th, 1945 (April 20 1945)EventWorld War II: Fuehrerbunker: Adolf Hitler makes his last trip to the surface to award Iron Crosses to boy soldiers of the Hitler Youth.Adolf Hitler Quotes
April 20th, 1926 (April 20 1926)EventWestern Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film.
April 20th, 1918 (April 20 1918)EventManfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the following day.
April 20th, 1916 (April 20 1916)EventChicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park (currently Wrigley Field), defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings
April 20th, 1914 (April 20 1914)EventForty-five men, women, and children die in the Ludlow Massacre during a Colorado coal-miner s strike.
April 20th, 1912 (April 20 1912)EventOpening day for baseball stadiums Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan, and Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
April 20th, 1908 (April 20 1908)EventOpening day of competition of the New South Wales Rugby League.
April 20th, 1902 (April 20 1902)EventPierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride.Marie Curie Quotes
April 20th, 1884 (April 20 1884)EventPope Leo XIII publishes the encyclical, Humanum Genus.
April 20th, 1871 (April 20 1871)EventCivil Rights Act of 1871
April 20th, 1862 (April 20 1862)EventThe first pasteurization test completed by Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard.Louis Pasteur Quotes
April 20th, 1861 (April 20 1861)EventAmerican Civil War: Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia.
April 20th, 1836 (April 20 1836)EventU.S. Congress passes an act creating the Wisconsin Territory.
April 20th, 1828 (April 20 1828)EventRene Caillie is first non-Muslim to enter Timbouctou.
April 20th, 1810 (April 20 1810)EventThe Governors of Caracas declares the national sovereignty from Spain.
April 20th, 1792 (April 20 1792)EventFrance declares war on Austria, the beginning of French Revolutionary Wars.
April 20th, 1775 (April 20 1775)EventAmerican Revolutionary War: the siege of Boston begins, which followed the first battles at Lexington and Concord.
April 20th, 1689 (April 20 1689)EventThe former King James II of England, now deposed, lays siege to Derry.
April 20th, 1657 (April 20 1657)EventAdmiral Robert Blake destroys a Spanish silver fleet under heavy fire at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
April 20th, 1657 (April 20 1657)EventFreedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).
April 20th, 1653 (April 20 1653)EventOliver Cromwell dissolves the Rump Parliament.Oliver Cromwell Quotes
April 20th, 1534 (April 20 1534)EventJacques Cartier begins his voyage, in which he will discover Canada and Labrador.
April 20th, 1303 (April 20 1303)EventThe University of Rome La Sapienza is instituted by Pope Boniface VIII.

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