Apr 20, 2011

This Day In History – April 20th

this day in history logo This Day In History   April 20th


After careful consideration and valued feedback from the Sifter’s highly respected readers, Current Events Around the Globe will cease to exist. Replacing the weekly Wednesday post will be: THIS DAY IN HISTORY. A brief look back at notable events in our history. Enjoy!



wrigley field chicago cubs stadium This Day In History   April 20th
Photograph via 107.7 The End


On April 20th, 1916, the Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park (currently Wrigley Field), defeating the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings. Wrigley Field is the oldest National League ballpark and the second oldest active major league ballpark after Fenway. It is also the only remaining Federal League park. [Source: Wikipedia]

wrigley field chicago cubs baseball stadium This Day In History   April 20th
Photograph by Jblesage




hitlers 50th birthday april 20 1939 This Day In History   April 20th
Photograph via German Federal Archive


Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday on April 20, 1939 was a national holiday in Nazi Germany. On that day, the largest military parade in the history of the Third Reich was held in Berlin. In total, 40,000 to 50,000 German troops took part in the parade, which lasted about five hours and included 12 companies of the Luftwaffe, 12 companies of the Army, and 12 companies of sailors, as well as the SS. 162 warplanes flew over the city of Berlin.

The grandstand comprised 20,000 official guests, and the parade was watched by several hundreds of thousands of spectators. Features of the parade were large long range air defence artillery guns, emphasis on motorized artillery and development of air defense units. [Source: Wikipedia]


largest military parade in third reich history This Day In History   April 20th
Photograph via German Federal Archive


Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” was designed and built for Adolf Hilter’s 50th Birthday by his personal secretary and Head of the Nazi Party, Chancellery Martin Bormann. The monument is called “Kehlsteinhaus” in German because it was originally intended to be a “Teahouse” for the head of the Third Reich. This mountain-top hideaway played a prominent role as the main unit objective in HBO’s critically acclaimed mini-series “Band of Brothers.” [Source: Let’s Go Europe]


eaglers nest band of brothers This Day In History   April 20th
Photograph via Let’s Go Europe




john w  young on the moon apollo 16 This Day In History   April 20th
Photograph by NASA


Apollo 16, the tenth manned mission in American Apollo space program, was the fifth mission to land on the Moon and the first to land in a highlands area. It was a J-class mission, featuring a Lunar Rover; and brought back 94.7 kg of lunar samples. The crew splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on April 27.

Commander: John W. Young – Fourth spaceflight
Command Module Pilot: T. Kenneth Mattingly Jr. – First spaceflight
Lunar Module Pilot: Charles M. Duke Jr. – First spaceflight

Source: Wikipedia


apollo 16 crew This Day In History   April 20th
Photograph by NASA




columbine eric harris dylan klebold This Day In History   April 20th


The Columbine High School massacre occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado, United States. Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, embarked on a massacre, killing 12 students and one teacher. They also injured 21 other students directly, and three people were injured while attempting to escape.

The pair then committed suicide. It is the fourth-deadliest school massacre in United States history, after the 1927 Bath School disaster, 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and the 1966 University of Texas massacre. It is the deadliest for an American high school. [Source: Wikipedia]




danica patrick 2008 indy japan 300 This Day In History   April 20th
Photograph by Morio


Danica Sue Patrick (born March 25, 1982) is an American auto racing driver, currently competing in the IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series. She is also a model and advertising spokeswoman. Patrick was named the Rookie of the Year for both the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series season.

With her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300, Patrick became the first woman in history to win an Indy car race. Patrick currently drives the #7 GoDaddy.com Honda/Dallara for Andretti Autosport. [Source: Wikipedia]


danica patrick This Day In History   April 20th




deepwater horizon oil rig burning This Day In History   April 20th
Photograph by AP Photo/Gerald Herbert


Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deepwater, dynamically positioned, semi-submersible offshore oil drilling rig owned by Transocean. Built in 2001 in South Korea by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the rig was commissioned by R&B Falcon, which later became part of Transocean, registered in Majuro, Marshall Islands, and leased to BP plc from March 2008 until September 2013.

In September 2009, the rig drilled the deepest oil well in history at a vertical depth of 35,050 ft (10,683 m) and measured depth of 35,055 ft (10,685 m) in the Tiber field at Keathley Canyon block 102, approximately 250 miles (400 km) southeast of Houston, in 4,132 feet (1,259 m) of water.

On 20 April 2010, while drilling at the Macondo Prospect, an explosion on the rig caused by a blowout killed 11 crewmen and ignited a fireball visible from 35 miles (56 km) away. The resulting fire could not be extinguished and, on 22 April 2010, Deepwater Horizon sank, leaving the well gushing at the sea floor and causing the largest offshore oil spill in United States history. [Source: Wikipedia]


deepwater horizon on fire This Day In History   April 20th
Photograph by AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

deepwater horizon oil rig gulf of mexico oil spill This Day In History   April 20th
Photograph by AP Photo/Gerald Herbert