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Friday 20 April 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • UN Chinese Language Day (United Nations)

Events

  • 2008 – Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.
  • 1916 – The Chicago Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park (currently Wrigley Field), defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7–6 in 11 innings.
  • 1898 – President William McKinley signed a joint resolution to Congress for declaration of War against Spain, beginning the Spanish-American War.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army in order to command the forces of the state of Virginia.
  • 1828 – René Caillié becomes the second non-Muslim to enter, and the first to return from, Timbuktu, following Major Gordon Laing.
  • 1826 – Major Gordon Laing becomes the first non-Muslim to enter Timbuktu.
  • 1809 – Two Austrian army corps in Bavaria are defeated by a First French Empire army led by Napoleon at the Battle of Abensberg on the second day of a four-day campaign that ended in a French victory.
  • 1775 – American Revolutionary War: The Siege of Boston begins, following the battles at Lexington and Concord.
  • 1535 – The sun dog phenomenon observed over Stockholm and depicted in the famous painting Vädersolstavlan.
  • 1534 – Jacques Cartier begins his first voyage to what is today the east coast of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Births

  • 1989 – Carlos Valdes, Colombian-American actor and singer
  • 1988 – Brandon Belt, American baseball player
  • 1985 – Curt Hawkins, American wrestler
  • 1984 – Jenna Shoemaker, American triathlete
  • 1983 – Danny Granger, American basketball player
  • 1979 – Nate Marquardt, American mixed martial artist
  • 1973 – Lamond Murray, American basketball player
  • 1972 – Carmen Electra, American model and actress
  • 1972 – Stephen Marley, American singer, guitarist, and producer
  • 1971 – Allan Houston, American basketball player and manager
  • 1970 – Shemar Moore, American actor
  • 1967 – Mike Portnoy, American drummer and songwriter
  • 1966 – David Filo, American businessman, co-founded Yahoo!
  • 1964 – Crispin Glover, American actor
  • 1964 – Rosalynn Sumners, American figure skater
  • 1961 – Don Mattingly, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1955 – Donald Pettit, American engineer and astronaut
  • 1951 – Luther Vandross, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2005)
  • 1950 – Steve Erickson, American author and critic
  • 1949 – Jessica Lange, American actress
  • 1949 – Veronica Cartwright, English-American actress
  • 1948 – Gregory Itzin, American actor
  • 1947 – Andrew Tobias, American journalist and author
  • 1946 – Gordon Smiley, American race car driver (d. 1982)
  • 1946 – Tommy Hutton, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1945 – Michael Brandon, American actor and director
  • 1945 – Steve Spurrier, American football player and coach
  • 1943 – Edie Sedgwick, American model and actress (d. 1971)
  • 1941 – Ryan O'Neal, American actor
  • 1940 – James Gammon, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1939 – Johnny Tillotson, American singer-songwriter
  • 1939 – Peter S. Beagle, American author and screenwriter
  • 1937 – George Takei, American actor
  • 1937 – Harvey Quaytman, American painter and educator (d. 2002)
  • 1936 – Pat Roberts, American captain, journalist, and politician
  • 1930 – Dwight Gustafson, American composer and conductor (d. 2014)
  • 1929 – Bobby Hollander, American film director, actor, and magazine publisher (d. 2002)
  • 1929 – Harry Agganis, American baseball and football player (d. 1955)
  • 1928 – Robert Byrne, American chess player and author (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Phil Hill, American race car driver (d. 2008)
  • 1925 – Elena Verdugo, American actress (d. 2017)
  • 1925 – Ernie Stautner, German-American football player and coach (d. 2006)
  • 1924 – Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (d. 2008)
  • 1923 – Irene Lieblich, Polish-American painter and illustrator (d. 2008)
  • 1923 – Mother Angelica, American nun and broadcaster, founded Eternal Word Television Network (d. 2016)
  • 1923 – Tito Puente, American drummer and producer (d. 2000)
  • 1920 – John Paul Stevens, American lawyer and jurist, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1920 – Ronald Speirs, American colonel (d. 2007)
  • 1915 – Joseph Wolpe, South African-American psychotherapist and physician (d. 1997)
  • 1914 – Betty Lou Gerson, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1908 – Lionel Hampton, African-American vibraphone player, pianist, bandleader, and actor (d. 2002)
  • 1904 – Bruce Cabot, American actor (d. 1972)
  • 1895 – Emile Christian, American trombonist and composer (d. 1973)
  • 1893 – Harold Lloyd, American actor, comedian, and producer (d. 1971)
  • 1891 – Dave Bancroft, American baseball player and manager (d. 1972)
  • 1884 – Oliver Kirk, American boxer (d. 1960)
  • 1882 – Holland Smith, American general (d. 1967)
  • 1851 – Siegmund Lubin, Polish-American businessman, founded the Lubin Manufacturing Company (d. 1923)
  • 1850 – Daniel Chester French, American sculptor, designed the Lincoln statue (d. 1931)
  • 1836 – Eli Whitney Blake, Jr., American scientist and academic (d. 1895)
  • 1818 – Heinrich Göbel, German-American mechanic and engineer (d. 1893)
  • 1723 – Cornelius Harnett, American merchant, farmer, and politician (d. 1781)
  • 1718 – David Brainerd, American missionary (d. 1747)

Deaths

  • 2017 – Cuba Gooding Sr., American singer and actor (b. 1944)
  • 2016 – Chyna, American wrestler (b. 1969)
  • 2014 – Rubin Carter, American-Canadian boxer (b. 1937)
  • 2010 – Dorothy Height, American educator and activist (b. 1912)
  • 2007 – Andrew Hill, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1931)
  • 2002 – Alan Dale, American singer (b. 1925)
  • 1999 – Casualties of the Columbine High School massacre: - Cassie Bernall, American student (b. 1981)
  • 1999 – Casualties of the Columbine High School massacre: - Dylan Klebold, American student and murderer (b. 1981)
  • 1999 – Casualties of the Columbine High School massacre: - Eric Harris, American student and murderer (b. 1981)
  • 1999 – Casualties of the Columbine High School massacre: - Rachel Scott, American student, inspired the Rachel's Challenge (b. 1981)
  • 1991 – Don Siegel, American director and producer (b. 1912)
  • 1982 – Archibald MacLeish, American poet, playwright, and lawyer (b. 1892)
  • 1968 – Rudolph Dirks, German-American illustrator (b. 1877)
  • 1944 – Elmer Gedeon, American baseball player and pilot (b. 1917)
  • 1918 – Karl Ferdinand Braun, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1850)
  • 1886 – Charles-François-Frédéric, marquis de Montholon-Sémonville, French general and diplomat, French ambassador to the United States (b. 1814)
  • 1874 – Alexander H. Bailey, American lawyer, judge, and politician (b. 1817)
  • 1873 – William Tite, English architect, designed the Royal Exchange (b. 1798)
  • 1769 – Chief Pontiac, American tribal leader (b. 1720)
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