Today in History
Today is Easter Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.
April 20 in history –
In 1792, France declared war on Austria, marking the start of the French Revolutionary Wars.
In 1861, Col. Robert E. Lee resigned his commission in the United States Army. (Lee went on to command the Army of Northern Virginia, and eventually became general-in-chief of the Confederate forces.)
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation admitting West Virginia to the Union, effective in 60 days (on June 20, 1863).
In 1914, the Ludlow Massacre took place when the Colorado National Guard opened fire on a tent colony of striking miners; about 20 (accounts vary) strikers, women and children died in the gunfire or were smothered by smoke from the burning tents...
In 1945, during World War II, allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart.
In 1972, the manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.
In 1988, gunmen who'd hijacked a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet were allowed safe passage out of Algeria under an agreement that freed the remaining 31 hostages and ended a 15-day siege in which two passengers were slain.
In 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado as two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives.
In entertainment history on April 20 –
In 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, killed 11 workers and began spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months.
in entertainment history on April 20 -
In 1912, Boston's Fenway Park hosted its first professional baseball game while Navin Field (Tiger Stadium) opened in Detroit. (The Red Sox defeated the New York Highlanders 7-6 in 11 innings; the Tigers beat the Cleveland Naps 6-5 in 11 innings.)
In 1959, the first single by 13-year-old Dolly Parton was released on Gold Band Records. It was called "Puppy Love."
In 1960, Elvis Presley returned to Hollywood following his Army duty. He began work on the film "G.I. Blues."
In 1968, Deep Purple played its first live concert, in Denmark. The band's big hit that year in the U.S. was "Hush."
In 1990, singer Janet Jackson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1991, singer-guitarist Steve Marriot of Small Faces died in a fire in his home in England. He was 44.
In 1992, the Concert For Life, a tribute to AIDS victim and Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury, was held in London. Metallica opened the show and was followed by artists George Michael and Elton John. Annie Lennox and David Bowie teamed up on the song "Under Pressure."
Also in 1992, comedian Benny Hill was found dead in his London home.
In 1994, Barbra Streisand gave her first London concert in 28 years at Wembley Stadium.
In 2013, movie musical star Deanna Durbin, 91, died near Paris.