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On This Day: April 20

Today is Monday, April 20, 2015. This is the 110th day of the year, with 255 days remaining in 2015.

Fact of the Day: aquifers

Aquifers are groundwater systems. They serve the diverse agricultural, industrial, recreational, and domestic needs of millions of users. In some places it is the only source of water. In the coming decades, demand for water may increase beyond the aquifers' capacity to provide, and there are increasing concerns about the welfare of endangered species that depend on aquifer water. Overdrafts on an aquifer would imply that too much water is being drawn from an aquifer.


Feast day of St. Caedwalla,St. Agnes of Montepulciano, St. Marcellinus of Embrun, St. Marcian of Auxerre, St. Hildegund, and St. Peter of Verona.


1534 - French explorer Jacques Cartier arrived on the coast of Labrador, North America.

1792 - France declared war on Austria, marking the start of the French Revolutionary wars.

1836 - The Territory of Wisconsin was established by Congress.

1871 - Congress authorized President Ulysses S. Grant to declare martial law, impose heavy penalties against terrorist organizations, and use military force to suppress the Ku Klux Klan.

1879 - The first mobile home (horse-drawn) was used in a journey from London to Cyprus.

1902 - Scientists Pierre Curie and Marie Curie isolated the radioactive chemical element, radium.

1916 - Wrigley Field opened in Chicago.

1934 - Shirley Temple made her movie debut in "Stand Up and Cheer."

1940 - RCA publicly demonstrated its new and powerful electron microscope.

1945 - Allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart in World War II.

1969 - Pierre Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada.

1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.

1999 - The Columbine High School massacre took place in Littleton, Colorado. Students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher and wounded 26 others before taking their own lives.


1745 - Philippe Pinel, French physician, founder of psychiatry.

1850 - Daniel Chester French, American sculptor of Lincoln Memorial.

1889 - Adolf Hitler, German Nazi dictator (1933-1945).

1937 - George Takei, American television actor.

1951 - Luther Vandross, American R&B singer and songwriter.

1961 - Don Mattingly, American baseball player.

1972 - Carmen Electra (born Tara Leigh Patrick), American actress.


1912 - Bram Stoker, Irish author of "Dracula."

1992 - Benny Hill (born Alfred Hawthorne Hill), British comedian.

1999 - Se�or Wences (born Wenceslao Moreno), Spanish ventriloquist and comedian.

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