40 fun facts for April, 20

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
April 20th is a day filled with incredible events, such as the first celebration of Earth Day in 1970, the launch of AmeriCorps in 1993, and Harper Lee's birth in 1926. From environmental efforts to historical breakthroughs and festive celebrations, the legacy of this day resonates globally.
40 Fun facts
  1. On April 20, 1808, French Emperor Napoleon III was born in Paris. He was the first President of France and the last French monarch, ruling from 1852 until 1870.
  2. In 1841, Edgar Allan Poe's first detective story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" was published, effectively creating the modern detective fiction genre.
  3. On April 20, 1871, the German Empire's constitution adopted the title of Deutsche Reich for the unified nation, establishing a federal monarchy and asserting German unity.
  4. On this day in 1889, Austrian-born German dictator Adolf Hitler was born. Though his name and legacy are associated with war and genocide, it's essential to learn about the atrocities he led to prevent history from repeating itself.
  5. Harper Lee, the famous American novelist known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," was born on April 20, 1926.
  6. In 1951, Dan Gurney, a famous American race car driver, made his racing debut in Florida. He later became an influential figure in the motorsports world as a racer, constructor, and team owner.
  7. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 20, 1970, to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote environmental protection efforts. It is now celebrated globally on April 22.
  8. In 1972, the Apollo 16 lunar module, Orion, successfully landed on the moon's surface. Astronauts John W. Young and Charles M. Duke Jr. conducted lunar exploration and collected samples for further study.
  9. April 20, 1979, saw the openings of the Ixtoc I exploratory oil well in the Bay of Campeche, Mexico. The well experienced a massive blowout in June that year, resulting in one of the largest oil spills in history.
  10. On this day in 1993, US President Bill Clinton launched the "AmeriCorps" community service program, aiming to promote volunteerism and encourage civic engagement of American citizens.
  11. On April 20, 1999, the Columbine High School massacre occurred in Colorado, USA. Two students killed 13 people and injured 21 others before taking their own lives. The tragedy sparked a nationwide debate on gun control and school safety.
  12. In 2002, the Discovery Channel aired the first episode of "MythBusters," a popular science television program that aimed to debunk scientific myths and urban legends.
  13. On this day in 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom concluded as US forces took control of Baghdad, marking the end of the Iraq War.
  14. On April 20, 2005, the first YouTube video "Me at the zoo" was uploaded by company co-founder Jawed Karim, launching a new era of digital media and online video sharing.
  15. In 2008, British racing driver Lewis Hamilton won his first Formula One World Championship race in China, kicking off a successful career with multiple championships to his name.
  16. On this day in 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico caused the largest marine oil spill in history, devastating surrounding ecosystems and wildlife.
  17. On April 20, 2013, the Edvard Munch painting "The Scream" sold for a record-breaking $119.9 million at a Sotheby's auction in New York.
  18. National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day is celebrated in the United States on April 20th, honoring the delicious dessert that features a caramelized pineapple and cherry topping.
  19. In Japan, April 20 marks the beginning of "Uzume Festival," a Shinto event that commemorates the mythical Kami (goddess) Uzume, known for her prowess in dance and laughter.
  20. On this day in 2014, the annual "Easter Jeep Safari" event concluded in Moab, Utah. The off-road enthusiast gathering is celebrated during the nine days leading up to Easter Sunday and is one of the largest Jeep events worldwide.
  21. On April 20, 2015, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Turkey, unveiled the Çamlıca Mosque in Istanbul, which later went on to become the largest mosque in the country.
  22. China celebrates the annual April 20th "Love Day," inspired by the country's internet culture, where young couples express their love and commitment to each other.
  23. The Transports Publics Fribourgeois (TPF) from Switzerland selected the Stadler EC250 train to be introduced to the public on April 20, 2015, marking a new era of modern, comfortable, and efficient transport on Swiss railways.
  24. April 20, 2016, marked the 400th anniversary of English poet and playwright William Shakespeare's death. Multiple events and initiatives worldwide occurred to honor his life and legacy.
  25. In 2017, tennis superstar Serena Williams confirmed that she was pregnant with her first child, sparking conversations on motherhood and athleticism.
  26. On April 20, 2018, the film "A Quiet Place" directed by John Krasinski was released, becoming a surprise hit and earning critical acclaim for its innovative use of sound design.
  27. On this day in 2019, French athlete Eliud Kipchoge won the London Marathon, setting a new course record with a time of 2:02:37.
  28. In 2019, the popular TV series "Game of Thrones" aired its infamous "Battle of Winterfell" episode on April 20, which featured an intense and suspenseful battle against the White Walkers.
  29. On April 20, 2020, NASA announced the selection of SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Dynetics to build human lunar landing systems for the agency's Artemis program, targeting a return of US astronauts to the Moon by 2024.
  30. National Look-Alike Day is also celebrated on April 20th, encouraging individuals to dress up as their favorite celebrity doppelganger or find someone who shares striking physical similarities.
  31. In the Philippines, April 20 is celebrated as "Linggo ng Kalayaan," or "Freedom Week," in commemoration of the creation of the "First Philippine Republic" in 1898.
  32. On April 20, 2009, UNESCO declared the Bay of Bengal's Sundarbans mangrove forest as a World Heritage Site. The area spans India and Bangladesh and is home to the Bengal tiger and various endangered species.
  33. In Brazil, Tiradentes Day is celebrated on April 20 to honor Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier, a revolutionary fervently advocating for Brazilian independence from Portugal.
  34. The famous American conservationist John Muir, known as the "Father of National Parks," was born on April 20, 1838.
  35. The London Marathon was established on April 20, 1981, with the first marathon starting on March 29. Since then, the event has become one of the most popular marathons worldwide.
  36. April 20, 1810, marks the beginning of the Venezuelan Wars of Independence against Spanish colonial rule.
  37. In 1916, the Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park, later known as Wrigley Field, on April 20, becoming one of the oldest ballparks in Major League Baseball.
  38. The first professional baseball game was played in London between the London Tecumsehs and the Cleveland Forest Citys on April 20, 1874.
  39. On this day in 1912, the Fenway Park baseball stadium in Boston, Massachusetts, opened its doors for the first time, later becoming one of the oldest Major League Baseball stadiums in the United States.
  40. In Rome, Italy, April 20 is the day of the "Natale di Roma," a yearly festival celebrating the founding of the city in 753 BC.