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April 20
2020

Society Law Politics

After more than a year of stalemate and three indecisive elections, Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, leaders of the Likud and Blue and White parties respectively, reached an agreement to share power in Israel

April 20
2018

Deaths

Swedish Tim Bergling, known by his stage name Avicii, one of the world’s biggest dance music stars, died aged 28. Club anthems like Wake Me Up notched up 11 billion streams on Spotify and he was the first dance music DJ to stage a world arena tour

April 20
2017

Aerospace

China successfully launched its first cargo spacecraft, the Tianzhou-1. The unmanned vehicle can carry several metric tons of supplies, like food and water, which are essential for conducting long-term missions in space

April 20
2016

Deaths

Victoria Wood, one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers, died from cancer at age 62. A comedian, actor, singer and writer, her humour was full of astute observations of the mundane elements of daily life. Her best known work included her 1980s comedy series Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV and the BBC sitcom Dinnerladies

April 20
2013

Deaths

Deanna Durbin, one of the biggest box office draws of Hollywood’s Golden Age, with fans that included Winston Churchill and Anne Frank, died at the age of 91

April 20
2013

People

A powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck China’s Sichuan province, killing at least 160 people. Around 8,200 people were injured

April 20
2012

Deaths

Bert Weedon, English guitarist who who was a major star in the 1950s and 1960s, died aged 91. He was a major influence for many leading British musicians, such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend and Jimmy Page

April 20
2011

Deaths

British-American photojournalist Tim Hetherington and American Pulitzer Prize-nominated war photographer Chris Hondros were killed in an RPG attack by government forces in Misrata while covering the Libyan civil war

April 20
2010

Disasters Accidents Riots

An explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers. The rig later sank, triggering the largest ever marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry

April 20
2010

Society Law Politics

General Reynaldo Bignone, 82-year-old former military ruler of Argentina, was jailed for 25 years for human rights abuses committed when he was second in command of the country’s largest torture centre between 1976 and 1978. Bignone, who served as de facto president between 1982-83, was found guilty of involvement in 56 cases of murder, torture and kidnappings

April 20
2010

Sport Recreation

Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa, women’s number one for the last three years, announced her retirement from the sport at the age of 28

April 20
2008

Sport Recreation

Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a race in any top-flight American motor racing series with her victory in IndyCar’s 2008 Indy Japan 300

April 20
2007

People

Indian film superstars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan were married in Mumbai. Thousands of fans packed the streets outside trying to catch a glimpse of the star couple and celebrity guests

April 20
2006

Society Law Politics

President Hu Jintao of China made his first visit to the White House, for talks with U.S. President George W. Bush

April 20
2006

Society Law Politics

CIA officer Mary McCarthy was dismissed after she reportedly failed a lie detector test as part of an investigation into the leaking of classified information to the Washington Post newspaper. McCarthy, formerly the senior director for intelligence programmes at the National Security Council, denied leaking information that formed the basis of an article on the CIA sending terror suspects to foreign detention centres