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Today in History - April 20


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April 20

1769 - Ottawa Indian chief Pontiac was murdered.

1792 - France declared war on Austria, marking the start of the French Revolutionary wars.

1812 - Vice President George Clinton, a former New York governor, died at age 73.

1836 - The Territory of Wisconsin was established by Congress.

1841 - The first detective story, Edgar Allan Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue", was published.

1889 - Future Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria.

1902 - Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium.

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.

1940 - RCA publicly demonstrated its new electron microscope.

1971 - The Supreme Court upheld the practice of busing for racial desegregation.

1972 - The manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.

1977 - The Supreme Court ruled that car owners could refuse to display state mottoes on license plates, such as New Hampshire's "Live Free or Die."

1980 - The first Cubans sailing to the United States as part of the massive Mariel boatlift reached Florida.

1999 - Two young men stormed into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado at lunch times and killed 13 and wounding dozens more in what was at the time the nation's deadliest school shooting.

2003 - U.S. Army forces took control of Baghdad from the Marines in a changing of the guard that thinned the military presence in the capital.

2005 - President George W. Bush signed a bill making it harder for debt-ridden people to wipe clean their financial slates by declaring bankruptcy.

2010 - An explosion on a BP oil drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana killed 11 people and injured 17. Experts estimate that more than 13,000 gallons of crude oil per hour began leaking into the Gulf of Mexico for the next three months.

2010 - The Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on videos that showed graphic violence against animals.

2019 - SpaceX's new capsule for astronauts was destroyed in an explosion during a ground test at Cape Canaveral, Florida; the accident, later blamed on a leaky valve, marked a serious setback in the company's effort to launch NASA astronauts into orbit later in the year.

20 - Bella Harris (model)
20 - Madi Krstevski (singer)
23 - Maemae Renfrow (actress)
26 - Neta Alchimister (model)
29 - Luke Kuechly (football player)
31 - Carlos Valdes (actor)
35 - Curt Hawkins (professional wrestler)
36 - Tim Jo (actor)
37 - Miranda Kerr (model)
41 - Ruth Connell (actress)
42 - Clayne Crawford (actor)
44 - Joey Lawrence (actor)
48 - Carmen Electra (actress/model)
50 - Shemar Moore (actor)
51 - Wade Hayes (country singer)
52 - William deVry (actor)
56 - Andy Serkis (actor)
56 - Crispin Glover (actor)
61 - Clint Howard (actor)
71 - Veronica Cartwright (actress)
71 - Jessica Lange (actress)
72 - Gregory Itzin (actor)
75 - Judith O'Dea (actress)
79 - Ryan O'Neal (actor)
83 - George Takei (actor)
96 - Leslie Philips (actress)


Today in Sports History - April 20

1912 - The Boston Red Sox played their first game at Fenway Park, defeating the New York Highlanders (now Yankees) 7-6; the stadium is still in use today.

1912 - The Detroit Tigers played their first game at Tiger Stadium, defeating the Cleveland Naps 6-5 in 11 innings; the Tigers played their final game there in 1999 and the stadium was demolished in 2009.

1916 - Weeghman Park (now known as Wrigley Field) in Chicago hosted its first National League baseball game as the Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 inn.

1939 - Future Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox.

1944 - The NFL legalizes coaching from the bench.

1958 - The Montreal Canadiens defeat the Boston Bruins to win a third straight Stanley Cup.

1982 - The Atlanta Brave set a major league record by beginning the season with 12 consecutive wins.

1986 - Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls set an NBA playoff scoring record with 63 points in a game against the Boston Celtics.

1996 - The Chicago Bulls set an NBA record for best regular season record in league history after finishing at 72-10. (The record would be broken by the Golden State Warriors in 2016 at 73-9.)

1996 - The New York Jets select USC wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson with the first pick in the NFL Draft.

1997 - The Chicago Cubs defeat the New York Mets, snapping their National League record 14-game losing streak to start the season.

2002 - The Houston Texans select Fresno State quarterback David Carr with the first pick in the NFL Draft.

2003 - The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 in the third overtime to win the series 4-2. It was the first time in the 11-year history of the Tampa Bay franchise that they advanced in the playoffs.

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


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A point for the B1G for wrong forum thread starting?

Who was in charge of keeping score of that?