On this day…20th April

In 2010 – At 8.17am a 5.0 earthquake shook Kalgoorlie. The suburb of Boulder experienced a greater shaking intensity than buildings of a corresponding age and type in the Kalgoorlie business district 4 km away.

The Kalgoorlie earthquake of 2010

In 2007 – ‘Record Store Day’ originating in 2007 and was first held in 2008 when independently owned record stores came together to celebrate vinyl enthusiasts. Ambassadors include Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne. It is a global event.

In 1993 – Uranus passes Neptune (once every 171 years).

In 1992 – British comedian Benny Hill dies of a heart attack at 68.

In 1976 – George Harrison sings the ‘Lumberjack song’ with Monty Python.  

1964 – Andy Serkis, English actor (Gollum in Lord of the Rings, Caesar in Planet of the Apes), born in London.

1962 – NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes an X-15 jet to 63,250 metres.

In 1931 – British House of Commons agrees for sports play on Sunday.

In 1919 – Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (The Last Enemy), born in Sydney, Australia.

In 1918 – Manfred Von Richthofen, aka ‘The Red Baron’, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the following day.

1912 – Bram Stoker, writer of Dracula dies at the age of 64.

In 1889 – Adolf Hitler, Austrian-born German dictator and Fuhrer of Nazi Germany, was born in Gastof zum Pommer, Braunau am Inn, Austria-Hungary.

In 1770- Captain James Cook arrives in New South Wales.


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