This Day in History- April 20

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April 20

Anything that occurred in the past is recorded in history, including times, figures, timelines, and the names of kings, queens, generals, and villains. The term “history” conjures up memories of dense textbooks, long lectures, and even longer nights spent memorising historical facts for many students. In this blog, we’ll take a look at a variety of historical events that happened on April 20.

Indian Events That Occurred on April 20

Credits – Maddy Supertramp

1963: 10th National Film Awards
“Dada Thakur” won the Golden Lotus at the 10th National Film Awards on April 20, 1963.

1965: First Indian team reached Mount Everest
The first Indian teams reached the summit of Mount Everest on April 20, 1965.

1971: Boeing 707
Air India began flying the Boeing 707 jumbo jet.

1971: India VS West India
The series between India and the West Indies was won by India and won the rubber for the very first time. 

Events That Occurred on April 20 Around the World

Credits – Thoisoi2 – Chemical Experiments!

1611: Macbeth
Simon Forman recorded the first known performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre in London.

1702: Comet C/1702 H1
Comet C/1702 H1 passed within 0.0437 AUs of Earth on April 20, 1702.

1736: Lapland expedition
On April 20, 1736, French mathematician Pierre Louis Maupertuis embarked on a Lapland expedition with fellow scientists Anders Celsius, Charles Etienne Louis Camus, Alexis Clairaut, and Pierre-Charles Le Monnier to measure the latitude and shape of the planet.

1792: French Revolutionary Wars
The French Revolutionary War has begun when France declared war on Austria and Prussia during the French Revolution.

1809: Battle of Abensberg
At the Battle of Abensberg in Bavaria, Napoleon I and French forces defeated Austria.

1862: First pasteurization test
The first pasteurisation test was completed on April 20, 1862, by Frenchmen Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard.

1887: World’s 1st Motor Race
Georges Bouton won the world’s first motor race on a steam-powered quadricycle on April 20, 1887, in a ‘test’ organised by the French newspaper Le Velocipede.

1902: Radium chloride
The radioactive compound radium chloride was first isolated by Marie and Pierre Curie.

1962: Neil Armstrong took X-15
Neil Armstrong, a NASA civilian pilot, flew the X-15 to a height of 63,250 meters on April 20, 1962.

1974: Band on the Run
In the United States, Paul McCartney and Wings released the single “Band on the Run.”

1974: Conflict in Northern Ireland
The conflict in Northern Ireland between republican and loyalist paramilitaries, British security forces, and civil rights organisations, known as ‘The Troubles,’ had claimed its 1000th victim.

1986: Michael Jordan had set NBA playoff record 
With 63 points in a game, Michael Jordan set an NBA playoff record.

1992: All-star concert in memory of Freddie Mercury
At Wembley Stadium in London, an all-star concert was held in memory of Freddie Mercury.

1998: Red Army Faction announced the dissolution
After 28 years, the German terrorist group Red Army Faction has declared its dissolution.

2012: 2012’s Most Beautiful at Every Age
Eva Mendes was called one of 2012’s Most Beautiful at Any Age by People magazine on April 20, 2012.

2018: Prince Charles will succeed Queen Elizabeth
Commonwealth nations have agreed that Prince Charles will succeed Queen Elizabeth as the Commonwealth’s next head of state.

2020: Price of US oil turned negative
For the first time in history, the price of US oil has gone negative. As global demand falls, the West Texas Intermediate, the standard for US crude, had fallen as low as minus $37.63 a barrel.

Important Birthdays

1808: Napoleon III
Napoleon III was the first President of France, serving from 1848 to 1852 and from 1852 to 1870 as Emperor of France.

1889: Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler was a German politician born in Austria who ruled Germany from 1933 to 1945.

1893: Joan Miro
Joan Miró, I Ferrà was a Barcelona-born Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist. In 1975, the Fundació Joan Miró, a museum dedicated to his work, was established in his hometown of Barcelona.

1964: Andrew Serkis
Andrew Clement Serkis is an actress, voice actor, motion capture artist, narrator, filmmaker, and producer from the United Kingdom.

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