On this day

British actor and director, Andy Serkis celebrates his birthday. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 20 April?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

British actor and director, Andy Serkis celebrates his birthday. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 20 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 20 APRIL

2015 | Ten people were killed in a bomb attack on a convoy carrying food supplies to a United Nations compound in Garowe in the Somali region of Puntland.

2013 | A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck Lushan County, Ya’an, in China’s Sichuan province, more than 150 people were injured and thousands were injured.

2012 | One hundred twenty-seven people were killed when a plane crashed in a residential area close to the Benazir Bhutto International Airport near Islamabad, Pakistan.

2010 | The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, eleven workers were reported killed and began an oil spill that would last six months.

2007 | Johnson Space Center shooting: William Phillips with a handgun barricaded himself in NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.

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BIRTHDAYS

1961 | English actor, Nicholas Lyndhurst.

1967 | Dutch darts player, Raymond van Barneveld.

1964 | English actor and director, Andy Serkis.

1967 | American drummer and songwriter, Mike Portnoy.

1936 | American captain, journalist, and politician, Pat Roberts.

1971 | Dutch swimmer, physiologist, and academic, Carla Geurts.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2016 | American wrestler, Chyna, 47.

1944 | American baseball player and pilot, Elmer Gedeon, 27.

1927 | Spanish painter and educator, Enrique Simonet, 61.

1942 | Estonian businessman and politician, 6th State Elder of Estonia, Jüri Jaakson, 72.

2002 | American singer, Alan Dale, 77.

SPORTS

1955 | On this day, John Charles scored a hat-trick and Wales became the first British international side to field two sets of brothers. John and Mel Charles, Ivor, and Len Allchurch were on their side with a 3-2 victory over Northern Ireland at Windsor Park, Belfast. 

ENTERTAINMENT

On this day the Cinema Release of  “I Feel Pretty” was on Friday, April 20, 2018.

AFRICA FACT

Igbo people from Nigeria have their own calendar system which has 13 months in a year, and four market days namely; Eke, Afor, Nkwo, and Orie.