Today in History: April 20

Today in History: April 20

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1139

The Second Lateran Council opens in Rome.

1657

English Admiral Robert Blake fights his last battle when he destroys the Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz Bay.

1769

Ottawa Chief Pontiac is murdered by an Indian in Cahokia.

1770

Captain Cook discovers Australia.

1775

British troops begin the siege of Boston.

1792

France declares war on Austria, Prussia, and Sardinia.

1809

Napoleon Bonaparte defeats Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria.

1836

The Territory of Wisconsin is created.

1841

Edgar Allen Poe's first detective story is published.

1861

Robert E. Lee resigns from the U.S. Army.

1879

The first mobile home (horse-drawn) is used in a journey from London to Cyprus.

1916

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.

1919

The Polish Army captures Vilno, Lithuania from the Soviets.

1940

The first electron microscope is demonstrated.

1942

Pierre Laval, the premier of Vichy France, in a radio broadcast, establishes a policy of "true reconciliation with Germany."

1945

Soviet troops begin their attack on Berlin.

1951

General Douglas MacArthur addresses a joint session of Congress after being relieved by President Harry Truman.

1953

Operation Little Switch begins in Korea, the exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war.

1962

The New Orleans Citizens Committee gives free one-way ride to blacks to move North.

1967

U.S. planes bomb Haiphong for first time during the Vietnam War.

1999

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.