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Births on this Day
  • 1808-04-20 - Louis-Napoleon [Napoleon III]: Emperor of France (1852-71)
  • 1809-04-20 - John Smith Preston: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1881
  • 1824-04-20 - Alfred Holt Colquitt: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1894
  • 1826-04-20 - Dina M Craik: Writer
  • 1827-04-20 - John Gibbon: Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1896
  • 1858-04-20 - Auguste Chapuis: Composer
  • 1839-04-20 - Carol I: King of Romania (1881-1914)
 

Deaths on this Day
  • 1786-04-20 - John Goodricke: English deaf and dumb astronomer, dies at 21
  • 1812-04-20 - George Clinton: 4th US VP, dies at 73, 1st VP to die in office
  • 1820-04-20 - Arthur Young: Author (Annals of Agriculture)
  • 1821-04-20 - Franz K Achard: German physicist / chemist, dies at 67
  • 1836-04-20 - Johan I Jozef: Monarch of Liechtenstein / Field Marshal, dies at 75
  • 1839-04-20 - Giuseppe Rossini: Father of Italian Composer Gioacchino Rossini
  • 1869-04-20 - Johann Carl Gottfried Loewe: Composer, dies at 72
 

Events on this Day
  • 1702-04-20 - Comet C / 1702 H1 approaches within 0.0437 AUs of Earth
  • 1715-04-20 - Nicholas Rowe's "Tragedy of Lady Jane Gray, " premieres in London
  • 1770-04-20 - Captain Cook arrives in New South Wales
  • 1775-04-20 - British begin siege of Boston
  • 1777-04-20 - New York adopts new constitution as an independent state
  • 1792-04-20 - France declares war on Austria, Prussia and Sardinia
  • 1809-04-20 - Napoleon I defeats Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria
 

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