TODAY IN HISTORY
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April 20th - 110th Day of the Year
The Second Lateran Council opens in Rome.
English Admiral Robert Blake fights his last battle when he destroys the Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz Bay.
Ottawa Chief Pontiac is murdered by an Indian in Cahokia.
Captain Cook discovers Australia.
British troops begin the siege of Boston.
France declares war on Austria, Prussia, and Sardinia.
Napoleon Bonaparte defeats Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria.
The Territory of Wisconsin is created.
Edgar Allen Poe's first detective story is published.
Robert E. Lee resigns from the U.S. Army.
The first mobile home (horse-drawn) is used in a journey from London to Cyprus.
Marie and Pierre Curie successfully isolate radioactive radium salts from the mineral pitchblende in their laboratory in Paris.
The first National League game is played at Chicago's Wrigley Field, then known as Weeghman Park. The park was renamed Cubs Park in 1920 and Wrigley Field, for the Chicago Cubs owner, in 1926.
The Polish Army captures Vilno, Lithuania from the Soviets.
The first electron microscope is demonstrated.
Pierre Laval, the premier of Vichy France, in a radio broadcast, establishes a policy of "true reconciliation with Germany."
Soviet troops begin their attack on Berlin.
General Douglas MacArthur addresses a joint session of Congress after being relieved by President Harry Truman.
Operation Little Switch begins in Korea, the exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war.
The New Orleans Citizens Committee gives free one-way ride to blacks to move North.
U.S. planes bomb Haiphong for first time during the Vietnam War.
Soviet aircraft force a Korean Air Lines passenger jet to land in the Soviet Union after the jet veers into Russian airspace. Two people were killed and several others injured when the jet made a rough landing on a frozen lake about 300 miles south of Murmansk.
The Castro regime announces that all Cubans wishing to emigrate to the U.S. are free to board boats at the port of Mariel west of Havana, launching the Mariel Boatlift. The first of 125,000 Cuban refugees from Mariel reached Florida the next day.
Two students enter Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado and open fire with multiple firearms, killing 13 students and teachers, wounding 25 and eventually shooting themselves.
26-year-old Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Montegi in Montegi, Japan, making her the first female winner in IndyCar racing history.
An explosion and fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, kills 11 people and triggers the largest offshore oil spill in American history.
The Shelby County Historical Society would like to thank the following area businesses for their support:
KNOD, Harlan Newspaper, Hy-Vee, Milk & Honey, Farm Table Delivery, Nelson Farm Supply, Shelby County Physical Therapy, Shelby County State Bank, State Farm-EJ Leinen, Town & Country Credit Union, Ouren Real Estate, and ThinkSpace IT.