April 20: Day of the Week
April 20, 2020 was the 111st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 255 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is lundi.
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Here’s the April calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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April 20 Historical Event(s)
- 1323The University of Rome La Sapienza is instituted by Pope Boniface VIII.
- 1453The last naval battle in Byzantine history occurs, as three Genoese galleys escorting a Byzantine transport fight their way through the huge Ottoman blockade fleet and into the Golden Horn.
- 1534Jacques Cartier begins the voyage during which he discovers Canada and Labrador.
- 1653Oliver Cromwell dissolves the Rump Parliament.
- 1657Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).
- 1862Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the first pasteurization tests.
- 1945World War II: US troops capture Leipzig, Germany, only to later cede the city to the Soviet Union.
- 1968English politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial Rivers of Blood speech.
- 1998German terrorist group the Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.
- 2007Johnson 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.
Who were born on April 20?
- 1818Heinrich Göbel, German-born inventor (d. 1893)
- 1882Holland Smith, U.S. General (d. 1967)
- 1919Richard Hillary, Australian pilot and author (d. 1943)
- 1923Irene Lieblich, Polish-born painter (d. 2008)
- 1947Andrew Tobias, American journalist and author
- 1949Massimo D'Alema, 76th Prime Minister of Italy
- 1961Nicholas Lyndhurst, British actor
- 1970Adriano Moraes, Brazilian rodeo performer
- 1978Clayne Crawford, American actor
- 1986Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director (d. 2003)
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