On This Day — April 20th


April 20 is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 255 days remaining until the end of the year.


1535 – The appearance of sun dogs over Stockholm, Sweden, inspired the painting Vädersolstavlan, the oldest colour depiction of the city.

1818 – Four days after the Court of King’s Bench in England upheld a murder suspect’s right to trial by battle in Ashford v Thornton, the plaintiff declined to fight, allowing the defendant to go free.

1968 – British Member of Parliament Enoch Powell made his controversial “Rivers of Blood” speech in opposition to immigration and anti-discrimination legislation, resulting in his removal from the Shadow Cabinet.

1978 – Soviet fighters shot at Korean Air Lines Flight 902 after it violated Soviet airspace, forcing it to make an emergency landing due to damage.

2008 – American Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first woman to win an IndyCar auto race.

Celebrity Births

Star Trek’s George Takei turns 81

American Horror Story’s Jessica Lange turns 69

Actor Shemar Moore turns 48

Playboy’s Carmen Electra turns 46

Victoria Secret Model Miranda Kerr turns 35

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