Friday, April 20, 2012

20th of April

It is the 110th day of the year, with only 255 days remaining until the new year.

1775 - The Siege of Boston begin, following the battles of Lexington and Concord.

1836 - U.S. Congress passes an act creating the Wisconsin Territory.

1861 - Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army, in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia.

1862 - Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the first pasteurization tests.

1902 - Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride.

1912 - Opening Day for baseball's Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan and Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

1916 - The Chicago Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park, currently Wrigley Field, defeating the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 7 to 6 in 11 innings.

1918 - Manfred von Richtofen, The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims, his final victories before his death the following day.

1926 - Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film.

1939 - Adolf Hitler's 50th birthday, is celebrated as a national holiday throughout Germany.

1945 - Adolf Hitler makes his last trip to the surface to award Iron Crosses to boy soldiers of the Hitler Youth.

1986 - Pianist Vladimir Horowitz performs in his native Russia for the first time in 61 years.

1999 - In a horrific episode, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado.

2008 - Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.

2010 - The Deepwater Horizon oil well explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and beginning an oil spill that will last five months.

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