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Herald & Review Almanac for April 20 | Lifestyle

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Today’s moment of history:

On April 20, 2010, an explosion at the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 workers and caused an explosion that began throwing about 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. (The well was finally closed almost three months later.)

In 1812, the fourth vice president of the United States, George Clinton, died in Washington at the age of 72, becoming the first vice president to die while in office.

In 1861, Colonel Robert E. Lee resigned from his commission in the United States Army. (Lee continued to command the Army of Northern Virginia, and eventually became Commander-in-Chief of the Confederate Forces.)

In 1912, Boston Fenway Park hosted the first professional baseball game, while Navin Field (Tiger Stadium) opened in Detroit. (The Red Sox defeated the New York Highlanders 7-6 in 11 halves; the Tigers defeated the Cleveland Naps 6-5 in 11 halves.)

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In 1916, the Chicago Cubs played their first game on Wrigley Field (then known as Weeghman Park); The Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-6.

In 1971, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the use of buses to achieve racial desegregation in schools.

In 1972, the lunar module “Apollo 16” aboard astronauts John W. Young and Charles M. Duke Jr. landed on the moon.

In 1986, after six decades of absence, pianist of Russian descent Vladimir Horowitz performed in the Soviet Union in front of a crowded audience in the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.

In 1999, Colorado was assassinated at Columbine High School when two students shot dead 12 classmates and one teacher before committing suicide.

In 2003, U.S. military forces took control of Baghdad from the Marines as a result of a change of guard, which reduced the military presence in the capital.

In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his last Mass in the United States before being sold out at Yankee Stadium, blessing his vast flock in the United States and telling Americans to use their freedoms wisely.

In 2012, a judge ruled that George Zimmerman could be released on $ 150,000 bail while he awaits trial on charges of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a February 2012 confrontation at a castle in Sanford, Florida. (Zimmerman was acquitted.) In Pakistan, a Boeing 737-200 Bhoja Air crashed on the approach to Islamabad’s main airport, killing all 127 people on board.

In 2016, five former New Orleans police officers pleaded guilty to lesser charges of deadly shooting on a bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

In 2017, Arkansas overcame a flurry of litigation that thwarted three other sentences, killing a prisoner for the first time in nearly a decade. Cuba Gooding Sr., who sang the 1972 hit “Everybody Plays the Fool,” died in Los Angeles; he was 72.

In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that in the first three months of the year, the number of reports of accidental poisoning by detergents and disinfectants increased by about 20 percent; the researchers believed it was due to a coronavirus epidemic.

In 2021, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter for pressing George Floyd to the asphalt with his knees on the black man’s neck in a case that sparked protests around the world and a review of racism and police in the United States. sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison.) President Joe Biden said condemning Derek Shaven could be a “giant step forward” for the nation in the fight against systemic racism, but he said it was “not enough.” A 16-year-old black girl, Mahia Bryant, was shot dead by a white police officer in Columbus, Ohio, when she threw a knife at a young woman. The Chadian military has announced that President Idris Debbie Inta, who has ruled for more than three decades, was mortally wounded during a visit to troops fighting an insurgent group north of the capital.

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