April 20


Ottawa Indian chief Pontiac murdered.


The first detective story, Edgar Allen Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue was published.


Marie and Pierre Curie isolated radium.


Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, died.


The Boston Red Sox played their first game at Fenway Park. They beat the N.Y. Highlanders (who in 1913 would become known as the Yankees) 7-6.


The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the practice of busing for racial desegregation.


Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. 14 students (including the shooters) and 1 teacher were killed; 23 others were wounded.


Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first woman to win an IndyCar race.


An explosion on a BP oil drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana kills 11 people and injures 17. Experts estimate that 13,000 gallons of crude oil per hour are pouring into the Gulf of Mexico.

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