10 things that happened on this day in History… April 20th

We love our History, and we love to find out about interesting facts or events that happened on this very day back through the years. We picked 10 interesting things that occurred on this day throughout history, along with a handful of births and deaths. Swat up on your facts take a few minutes to think back on how this day might have been once…

Can you think of any interesting things that happened on this day in History?

1653 – Oliver Cromwell dissolves the Rump Parliament, which had existed for 5 years after the execution of King Charles I.

1775 – In the American War of Independence, the Siege of Boston begins.

1810 – The Governor of Caracas, Venezuela declares independence from Spain.

1902 – Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride.

1926 – Sound is added to film as Western Electric and Warner Bros announce Vitaphone.

1946 – League of Nations dissolved, as it’s power goes to the United Nations.

1961 – The USA’s attempt to kill Fidel Castro fails with the Bay of Pigs 

1964 – BBC Two launches… with a power cut. 

1972 – Apollo 16 lands on the moon.

 

Born on this day

1889 – Nazi Dictator Adolf Hitler

1937 – The original Spock and star of Star Trek, George Takei

1964 – Actor and Lord of the Rings’ Gollum, Andy Serkis

 

Died on this day

1314 – Pope Clement V (b.1264)

1991 – Singer Steve Marriott (b. 1947)

1992 – Comedian Benny Hill (b.1924)


10 things that happened on this day in History… April 3rd:

We love our History, and we love to find out about interesting facts or events that happened on this very day back through the years. We picked 10 interesting things that occurred on this day throughout history, along with a handful of births and deaths. Swat up on your facts take a few minuets to think back on how this day might have been once…

1043 – Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England

1882 – American Old West: Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford. He was shot in the back by Bob Ford, one of his own gang members, reportedly for a $10,000 reward.

1895 – Trial of the libel case instigated by Oscar Wilde begins, eventually resulting in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality.

1922 – Joseph Stalin becomes the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

1933 – First flight over Mount Everest, a British expedition, led by the Marquis of Clydesdale, and funded by Lucy, Lady Houston

1948 – President Truman signed the Marshall Plan, which would foster the recovery of war-torn Europe.

1954 – 100th Boat Race Oxford wins the 100th Boat Race by four-and-a-half lengths from Cambridge in rough conditions on the River Thames.

1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech to a rally of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., less than 24 hours before he was assassinated.

1973 – Martin Cooper of Motorola made the first handheld mobile phone call to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs, though it took ten years for the DynaTAC 8000X to become the first such phone to be commercially released.

2000 – United States v. Microsoft: Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust laws by keeping “an oppressive thumb” on its competitors.

Born on this day:

1366 Henry IV of England (d. 1413)

1643Charles V, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1690)

1924Doris Day, American actress, singer and animal rights activist

1924Marlon Brando, American actor (d. 2004)

1946John Virgo, English snooker player

1964Andy Robinson, English rugby player

Died on this day:

963William III, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 915)

1287Pope Honorius IV (b. c. 1210)

1606Charles Blount, 1st Earl of Devon (b. 1563)

1950Carter G. Woodson, American historian, author, and journalist, founder of Black History Month (b. 1875)

Can you think of any interesting things that happened on this day in History?