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On April 20, 1971, the United States Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools. (Go to article.)
On April 20, 1889, Adolf Hitler, the Nazi dictator of Germany who led his country into World War II and was responsible for persecuting millions of Jews , was born. Following his death on April 30, 1945, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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On April 20, 1867, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the purchase of Alaska by the United States. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1792 France declared war on Austria, marking the start of the French Revolutionary wars.
1812 Vice President George Clinton, a former New York governor, died at age 73.
1836 The Territory of Wisconsin was established by Congress.
1889 Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria.
1902 Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium.
1939 Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox.
1940 RCA publicly demonstrated its new electron microscope.
1968 Pierre Elliott Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister of Canada.
1972 The manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.
1980 The first Cubans sailing to the United States as part of the massive Mariel boatlift reached Florida.
1999 Two students went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., killing 12 students and one teacher before taking their own lives.
2008 Danica Patrick became the first female winner in IndyCar history by capturing the Indy Japan 300.
John Paul Stevens turns 90 years old today.
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens turns 90 years old today.
86 Leslie Phillips
Actor ("Harry Potter" films)
74 Pat Roberts
U.S. senator, R-Kan.
69 Ryan O'Neal
Actor ("Love Story," "Paper Moon")
65 Steve Spurrier
College football coach
61 Jessica Lange
46 Crispin Glover
38 Carmen Electra
34 Joey Lawrence
4/20/1889 - 4/30/1945
German leader of the Nazi party and dictator of Germany (1933-45)
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72 Johann Agricola
4/20/1494 - 9/22/1566
German Lutheran reformer; helped introduced Lutheranism to Frankfurt
76 Odilon Redon
4/20/1840 - 7/6/1916
French painter, lithographer and etcher
81 Daniel Chester French
4/20/1850 - 10/7/1931
American sculptor; works included Lincoln's Memorial
93 Charles G. Curtis
4/20/1860 - 3/10/1953
American inventor; devised a steam turbine
54 Howard Vickery
4/20/1892 - 3/21/1946
American naval officer; vice admiral of the Navy (1944-46)
78 Harold Lloyd
4/20/1893 - 3/8/1971
American motion-picture comedian
90 Joan Miro
4/20/1893 - 12/25/1983
Spanish artist of abstract and Surrealist art
79 William Dollar
4/20/1907 - 2/28/1986
American ballet dancer, choreographer and ballet master
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