On This Day In History, 20 April

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World Events Today

  • “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland claimed its 1,000th victim today in 1974, it was James Murphy, a petrol station owner in County Fermanagh
  • A Soviet jet fighter shot at a Korean Airlines aircraft today in 1978, it had veered off course over the Arctic Ocean and entered Soviet airspace, the aircraft made a crash landing and 2 of the 109 passengers and crew died
  • The Columbine High School massacre occurred today in 1999 in Colorado in the United States, the students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered 12 students and one teacher and then committed suicide

Entertainment Events Today

  • The American singer-songwriter and actress Madonna, known as the “Queen of Pop”, signed a 60 million US Dollar deal with Time Warner today in 1992
  • The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness was held today in 1992 at Wembley Stadium in London, it was attended by more than 70,000 fans
  • The French football manager Arsène Wenger, announced that he would be retiring as the manager of the English club Arsenal today in 2018, he had managed them for 22 years

Family Events Today

  • Harold Clayton Lloyd Senior, better known more simply as the American actor Harold Lloyd, star of many silent comedy movies, was born today in 1893 in Nebraska
  • The Irish author Bram Stoker, whose most notable work was the Gothic horror novel Dracula, died today in 1912 aged 64
  • Tara Leigh Patrick, better known as the American actress Carmen Electra, who starred in many movies, including American Vampire and Meet the Spartans, was born today in 1972 in Ohio

Main Event Today

  • The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion occurred today in 2010, it caused one of the world’s largest marine oil spills

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Look Alike Day

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