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20th April

1657 British Admiral Blake destroyed the Spanish fleet in the harbour of Santa Cruz.

1769 Ottawa Indian chief Pontiac murdered.

1841 The first detective story, Edgar Allen Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue was published.

1887 The first motor race was held in Paris by Georges Bouton.

1889 * Adolf Hitler, German dictator who originally wanted to be a painter.

1893 * Harold Lloyd, US film comedian of the silent movie era.

1902 Irene and Pierre Curie isolated radium.

1902 At an art exhibition in Paris, 'Art Nouveau' was introduced.

1912 Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, died.

1929 The first parliament made up of Fascists led by Benito Mussolini opened in Italy.

1941 * Ryan O'Neal, US film actor who starred in the film Love Story (1970).

1953 The UN and Korea began prisoner exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war at Panmunjon.

1961 * Nicholas Lyndhurst, English actor and star of the TV series Only Fools and Horses.

1968 The Conservative right-winger, Enoch Powell, made a hard-hitting speech attacking the government's immigration policy.

1974 The conflict in Northern Ireland has claimed its 1,000th victim, a petrol station owner from County Fermanagh.

1999 Two teenage killers went on the rampage at Columbine High School near Denver, Colorado shooting dead 12 and wounding 23.

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