On This Day..... April 20

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APRIL 20TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL WEED DAY / 4/20
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL LOOK-A-LIKE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL LIMA BEAN DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CHEDDAR FRIES DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • ADOLF HITLER (1889-1945)
  • JOHN PAUL STEVENS (1920, 98)
 
  • GEORGE TAKEI (1937, 81)
  • RYAN O’NEAL (1941, 77)
 
  • JESSICA LANGE (1949, 69)
  • LUTHOR VANDROSS (1951-2005)
 
  • DON MATTINGLY (1961, 57)
  • CRISPIN GLOVER (1964, 54)
 
  • ANDY SERKIS (1964, 54)
  • SHEMAR MOORE (1970, 48)
 
  • CARMEN ELECTRA (1972, 46)
  • JOEY LAWRENCE (1976, 42)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1611, SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH IS PERFORMED FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE GLOBE THEATRE IN LONDON
  • IN 1759, GEORGE HANDEL IS BURIED IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY
  • IN 1836, THE TERRITORY OF WISCONSIN IS CREATED
 
  • IN 1862, LOUIS PASTEUR TESTS HIS THEORY OF PASTEURIZATION FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1879, A HOUSE ATTACHED TO A HORSE AND BUGGY AND MOVED FROM LONDON TO CYPRUS IS THE FIRST KNOWN MOBILE HOME
  • IN 1903, THE 7TH BOSTON MARATHON IS RUN, THE FIRST TO NOT BE RUN ON APRIL 19TH
  • IN 1912, FENWAY PARK OFFICIALLY OPENS AND THE RED SOX WIN 7-6 IN 11 INNINGS
 
  • IN 1912, BRAM STOKER DIES AT 64
  • IN 1915, ARMENIANS REBELS TAKE OVER THE TOWN OF VAN, TURKEY WHICH THEY HOLD FOR ALMOST A MONTH LEADING TO THOUSANDS BEING MASSACRED
  • IN 1918, MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN, A WORLD WAR I PILOT KNOWN AS THE RED BARON, SHOOTS DOWN HIS FINAL TWO VICTIMS (80 TOTAL) BEFORE HIS DEATH
 
  • IN 1920, THE BALFOUR DECLARATION MAKES PALESTINE PART OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
  • IN 1920, THE GRAND CANYON IS FORMALLY DEDICATED AS A NATIONAL PARK
  • IN 1926, THE FIRST CHECK IS SENT VIA FAX MACHINE ACROSS THE ATLANTIC
  • IN 1934, HEINRICH HIMMLER BECOMES AN INSPECTOR FOR PRUSSIAN SECRET POLICE
  • IN 1935, “YOUR HIT PARADE” DEBUTS ON THE RADIO
 
  • IN 1939, TED WILLIAMS GETS HIT FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE HIT, A DOUBLE
  • IN 1948, NEW YORK CITY DOUBLES THE PRICE OF A SUBWAY RIDE FROM 5 TO 10 CENTS
  • IN 1957, ELVIS PRESLEY GOES TO #1 FOR EIGHT WEEKS WITH “ALL SHOOK UP”
 
  • IN 1958, THE MONTREAL CANADIENS BEAT THE BOSTON BRUINS FOR THE STANLEY CUP
  • IN 1959, 13 YEAR OLD DOLLY PARTON RELEASES “PUPPY LOVE”
 
  • IN 1962, THE NEW ORLEANS CITIZENS COMPANY BEGINS A PROGRAM TO GIVE BLACK PEOPLE FREE ONE WAY RIDES TO MOVE NORTH
  • IN 1964, BLACK STUDENTS BEGIN BOYCOTTING PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN CLEVELAND, OHIO
  • IN 1965, CHINA BEGINS MILITARY AID TO NORTH VIETNAM
  • IN 1967, TOM SEAVER WINS HIS FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE GAME
 
  • IN 1968, BRITISH PARLIAMENT MEMBER ENOCH POWELL MAKES HIS CONTROVERSIAL “RIVERS OF BLOOD” SPEECH WARNING AGAINST IMMIGRATION TO ENGLAND FROM COMMONWEALTH NATIONS.
  • IN 1968, PIERRE TRUDEAU BECOMES PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA
  • IN 1971, BARBRA STREISAND RECORDS “WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN”
 
  • IN 1971, THE SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS BUSSING TO DESEGREGATE SCHOOLS
  • IN 1974, PAUL MCCARTNEY AND WINGS RELEASE “BAND ON THE RUN”
  • IN 1977, THE SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE THAT DRIVERS MAY COVER THE MOTTO “LIVE FREE OR DIE” ON THEIR LICENSE PLATE
  • IN 1977, WOODY ALLEN RELEASES “ANNIE HALL”
 
  • IN 1979, PRESIDENT CARTER IS ATTACKED BY A SWAMP RABBIT WHILE FISHING IN GA
  • IN 1980, 84 YEAR OLD GEORGE BURNS BECOMES THE OLDEST PERSON TO HAVE A SONG ON THE BILLBOARD CHART WHEN “I WISH A WAS 18 AGAIN” PEAKS AT 49
 
  • IN 1981, THE FINAL EPISODE OF “SOAP” AIRS
  • IN 1983, PRESIDENT REAGAN SIGNS A $165 BILLION BAILOUT OF SOCIAL SECURITY
  • IN 1985, “WE ARE THE WORLD” GOES TO #1 ON THE SINGLES CHART
  • IN 1987, JON HUNT IS CONVICTED OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE CASE THAT WAS THE BASIS FOR “THE BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB”
 
  • IN 1987, A RECORD STORE IN FLORIDA IS FORCED TO CLOSE DOWN FOR SELLING A COPY OF A 2 LIVE CREW ALBUM DEEMED “OBSCENE” TO A 14 YEAR OLD
  • IN 1990, PETE ROSE PLEADS GUILTY TO HIDING $300,000 IN INCOME
  • IN 1992, AN ALL STAR CONCERT IS HELD IN WEMBLEY STADIUM AS A TRIBUTE TO FREDDIE MERCURY
  • IN 1992, BENNY HILL DIES OF A HEART ATTACK AT 68
 
  • IN 1992, JOAN LONDON BREAKS HER SHOULDER AFTER BEING THROWN FROM A HORSE
  • IN 1992, WARNER BROTHERS SIGNS MADONNA TO A $60 MILLION DEAL
  • IN 1993, AEROSMITH RELEASE “GET A GRIP”
 
  • IN 1996, CHRISTOPHER ROBIN MILNE DIES AT 75
  • IN 1999, ERIC HARRIS AND DYLAN KLEBOLD KILL 13 AND INJURE 24 BEFORE KILLING THEMSELVES IN THE COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL MASSACRE
 
  • IN 2008, DANICA PATRICK BECOMES THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN AN INDY CAR RACE WHEN SHE WINS THE INDY JAPAN 300
  • IN 2010, THE DEEPWATER HORIZON DRILLING RIG EXPLODES, KILLING 11 AND SINKING INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO CAUSING A MASSIVE OIL DISCHARGE
 
  • IN 2013, AN EARTHQUAKE IN LUSHAN, CHINA KILLS 193 AND INJURES 12,000 PEOPLE
  • IN 2014, RUBIN CARTER, “THE HURRICANE” DIES OF PROSTATE CANCER AT 76
  • IN 2017, A POLICE OFFICER IS KILLED IN A TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE CHAMPS ELYSEES
 

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