2021 April

April 20: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on April 20

April 20th celebrates Volunteer Recognition Day and Chinese Language Day.

Welcome to day 110 of 365! We’re still 255 days away from celebrating the new year, but we’ve gotta look forward to something right?

People who were born on this day share the Taurus zodiac sign.

If April 20 is an important day for you, then be sure to check out the facts and events all about this day. Here you’ll find historical events that all happened on this day that helped change the world we live in today.

Did you know that on this day in 1964, the first jar of Nutella left the factory in Alba, Italy? It became an instant success in Europe and beyond.

Keep reading for more facts about April 20th in history!

What Happened On April 20 In History?


The price of a barrel of crude oil dipped below zero.

This is the first time in history oil turned negative. On this day producers were out of space for their supplies with many giving it away. Before the dip, one barrel of oil was at $18 and the the next day the same barrel was worth -$38 on the open markets. With so many people staying home because of COVID-19, demand for oil plummeted and oil futures sunk because more was produced than could be stored.

Avicii was found dead in Muscat, Oman after committing suicide.

Source Variety

Prince Charles was appointed to become the next head of the Commonwealth once Queen Elizabeth II passes.


A swamp rabbit attacked president Jimmy Carter while he was fishing in Plains, Georgia.

Nobody believed him when he returned to work, but a White house photographer released a photo of the incident later on.

Nutella appeared on store shelves in Alba, Italy and became an instant success.

OTD in 1964: Nutella appeared on store shelves in Alba

Neil Armstrong flew the X-15 craft to an altitude of 34 miles (54.6 km).


Radium was discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie in Paris, France.


Captain James Cook arrived to the shore in New South Wales, Australia.

OTD in 1770: Captain James Cook arrived to the shore in New South Wales
They docked ashore in the morning and Captain Cook spoke fondly of the weather and landscape he witnessed. In the afternoon and evening the crew spotted smoke coming from fires in the distance and that's when they first found the area to be inhabited.

French mathematician Pierre Louis Maupertuis began his journey to Lapland to plot the shape of the Earth.

He was joined by fellow scientists Anders Celsius, Charles Etienne Louis Camus, Alexis Clairaut, and Pierre-Charles Le Monnier.

Oliver Cromwell dissolved England’s Rump Parliament.

In part of his speech Cromwell stated "You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately... In the name of God, go!"

The first official performance of Macbeth by Shakespeare took place at the Globe Theatre in London, England.

Did you know that on this day, April 20th 1964, the first jar of Nutella left the factory in Alba, Italy?