Episode 671: It’s April 20th, just so you know

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On This Day In History for April 20, 2022

This is the 110th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 255 days remaining in 2022.

  • It was on this date in 1496, that After his return from the New World Christopher Columbus entered the court of his sponsors King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. For more than an hour, the sovereigns besieged the seaman with questions.
  • Also on April 20, 1534, Jacques Cartier began his first voyage to what is today the east coast of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Also today in 1535, The sun dog phenomenon was observed over Stockholm, as later depicted in the famous painting Vädersolstavlan
  • It was 160 years ago today, that Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard completed the experiment disproving the theory of spontaneous generation
  • On April 20, 1865, Astronomer Angelo Secchi demonstrated the Secchi disk, which measures water clarity, aboard Pope Pius IX’s yacht, the L’Immaculata Concezion
  • Pierre and Marie Curie refined radium chloride on this date in 1902
  • Also today in 1972, Apollo 16 lunar module, commanded by John Young and piloted by Charles Duke, landed on the moon

Happy birthday goes out on this date to:

  • German-American mechanic and engineer, Heinrich Göbel, born on this date in 1818.
  • Born April 20, 1918, Swedish physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate Kai Siegbahn.
  • American nun and broadcaster, founded Eternal Word Television Network, Mother Angelica was born 99 years ago today.
  • Born April 20, 1923, American drummer and producer Tito Puente.
  • American actor, George Takei, born on this date in 1937.
  • Also born on that same date in 1964,  American actor, Crispin Glover.
  • Also turning 58 today is English actor and director Andy Serkis.

Listener Birthdays

  • 21 – Kim and Kreg’s Anniversary
  • 26 – Stewe Lundin – Sweden

And that’s the way it was, on this day in history for April  20, 2022

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