Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 20

  • April 20, 121
    Marcus Aurelius, 16th Roman emperor, is born
  • April 20, 1139
    Second Lateran Council, the tenth ecumenical council, opened in Rome to declare clerical marriages invalid, regulate clerical dress, and punish attacks on clerics by excommunication
  • April 20, 1632
    Nicolas Antoine, a French Christian Protestant theologian converted to Judiasm, is burned at the stake
  • April 20, 1653
    Oliver Cromwell dissolved the English parliament
  • April 20, 1657
    English Admiral Robert Blake fights his last battle when he destroyed the Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz de Tenerife Bay
  • April 20, 1769
    Ottawa Chief Pontiac is murdered by an Indian in Cahokia
  • April 20, 1770
    Captain Cook arrives in New South Wales, Australia starting his exploration and mapping of Australia
  • April 20, 1777
    New York adopts new constitution, written by Gouverneur Morris, as an independent state
  • April 20, 1804
    Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Haitian rebel leader, commands 1804 Haiti Massacre of the French at town of Cape Francois, during which the white Haitians were practically eradicated
  • April 20, 1809
    Napoleon defeat Austria in the Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria
  • April 20, 1832
    US Congress passes legislation making thermal springs at Hot Springs, Arkansas, the first nationally protected area in the USA
  • April 20, 1871
    The Enforcement Act of 1871, also known as the Ku Klux Klan Act, allows the President to suspend writ of habeas corpus
  • April 20, 1902
    Marie and Pierre Curie isolate from a ton of pitchblende one-tenth of a gram of radium chloride
  • April 20, 1919
    Polish Army captures Vilno, Lithuania during Polish-Soviet War
  • April 20, 1992
    Seville's six-month Universal Exhibition opens, called Seville Expo 1992, in the city of Seville, Spain
  • April 20, 1999
    Two Littleton, Colorado teenagers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, open fire on their Columbine High School teachers and classmates, killing 12 students and one teacher, and then themselves
  • April 20, 2006
    Iran announces a uranium enrichment deal with Russia, involving a joint uranium enrichment firm on Russian soil; nine days later Iran announces that it will not move all activity to Russia, thus leading to a de-facto termination of the deal
  • April 20, 2009
    Oracle announces it will acquire Sun Microsystems for more than US$7 billion

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