This Day In History – April 20

Today in Histroy

1862 First pasteurization test completed by Frenchmen Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard
1902 Marie and Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive compound radium chloride
1920 Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate
1968 British politician Enoch Powell makes his controversial “Rivers of Blood” speech
1974 ‘The Troubles’, the Northern Ireland conflict between republican and loyalist paramilitaries, British security forces, and civil rights groups, claims its 1000th victim
1980 Climax of Berber Spring in Algeria sees hundreds of Berber political activists arrested
1999 Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School, Colorado
2010 The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes, killing 11 and causing the rig to sink, causing a massive oil discharge into the Gulf of Mexico and an environmental diaster

Today in Film & TV

1977 “Annie Hall”, directed by Woody Allen and starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1978)

Today in Sports

2008 Danica Patrick driving for Andretti Green Racing wins the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi; first female driver in history to win an IndyCar Series race

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