This Day in History on 20th April

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 20th April. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

UN Chinese Language Day (United Nations)

Important Events

1939: Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday celebrated as a public holiday in Germany.

1946: The League of Nations, the erstwhile institution of the United Nations, was disbanded.

1972: The Apollo-16 expedition landed on the moon after battling for six hours. The team of John Young and Charles Duke became the fifth team in history to land on the moon.

1997: Indra Kumar Gujral became the 12th Prime Minister of India.

2006: India announced to establish its first foreign military base in Tajikistan.

2008: Danica Patrick became the first female driver to win an indie car race.

2011: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) satellite launch vehicle ‘PSLV’ successfully placed three satellites into space.

1888: 246 reported killed by an hail storm in Moradabad, India.

1938: The Viceroy imposes an ordinance for the suppression of terrorism, following a series of attacks.

1954: Panchsheel agreement between China and India.

1965: First Indian team led by M. S. Kohli ascends the Everest.

1971: Air India started Boing 707 Jumbo Jet flight between Bombay and London.

1973: Rioting over food shortages ends after three days in Nagpur.

1989: R. S. Pathak, Chief Justice of India, elected to the World Court.

1989: Launching of IRBM `Agni’ fails.

1989: President’s rule imposed in Karnataka.

1993: Jharkhand Movement suspends its 36-days old economic blockade.

1997: Sheri Bamboat and Hamshad Bamboat win National sea-bird sailing title.

2000: A full bench of the Madras High Court quashes the Tamil Nadu Government order making Tamil (or mother tongue) as the compulsory medium of instruction in all schools in the State up to Standard V.

Birthday / Anniversary

1808: Napoleon III, the first president of France.

1889: Adolf Hitler, a German politician, and leader of the Nazi Party.

1914: Gopinath Mohanty, an Indian novelist.

1939: Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar, an Indian classical vocalist.

1950: N. Chandrababu Naidu, an Indian politician and former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.

1966: David Filo, an American billionaire businessman and the co-founder of Yahoo! with Jerry Yang.

1972: Mamta Kulkarni, a former Indian actress, and model.

1887: Padmabhushan Jemini Roy, famous painter, was born.

1950: N. Chandrababu Naidu, Indian politician, 13th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

1980: Arin Paul, Indian director and screenwriter

1914: Gopinath Mahanti, famous Oriya novelist and Gyanpeeth awardee, was born.

Death / Death Anniversary

1918: Karl Ferdinand Braun was a German electrical engineer, inventor, and physicist.

Pannalal Ghosh, famous flute player,

1960: Pannalal Ghosh, an Indian flute player, and composer.

1970: Shakeel Badayuni, an Indian Urdu poet, lyricist, and songwriter.

1236: Iltutmish, father of Rajiya Sultan, died in Delhi.

1938: Bhartacharya Chintamanrao Vinayak Vaidya, omnicient research scientist and expert of Marathi and English languages, passed away.

1960: Pannalal Ghosh, famous flute player, passed away.

1991: Ganesh Sadashiv Bhat, famous Marathi film director and President’s Award winner of 1963, passed away.

1992: U. K. Kanitkar, famous scientist, and professor, passed away.

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History

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