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APRIL 20

1887: The world’s first motor race took place along the banks of the river Seine from the cen­tre of Paris to Neuilly.

1889: Adolf Hitler was born in Aus­tria, the son of a cus­toms of­fi­cial who changed his name from Schick­el­gru­ber.

1893: Harold Lloyd, be­spec­ta­cled co­me­dian fa­mous for his stunt scenes, was born in Ne­braska.

1929: The first Ital­ian par­lia­ment made up ex­clu­sively of Fas­cists led by Ben­ito Mus­solini, above, was opened by Vic­tor Em­manuel III.

1945: Soviet troops en­tered Ber­lin.

1972: Apollo 16 landed on the moon.

1989: Sci­en­tists said that the Earth nar­rowly missed be­ing struck by a pass­ing as­ter­oid weigh­ing 400 mil­lion tons.

1999: Eric Harris and Dy­lan Kle­bold killed 13 peo­ple and in­jured 21 oth­ers be­fore com­mit­ting sui­cide at Columbine High School, Colorado.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Stu­dents in the US staged an­other wave of school walk­outs, to re­mem­ber vic­tims of gun vi­o­lence and push for firearms con­trol. BIRTH­DAYS: Les­lie Phillips, ac­tor, 95; George Takei, ac­tor, 82; Peter Snow, above, TV re­porter, 81; Ray Brooks, ac­tor, 80; Michael Bran­don, ac­tor, 74; Jes­sica Lange, ac­tress, 70; Louise Jame­son, ac­tress, 68; Ni­cholas Lyn­d­hurst, ac­tor, 58, Car­men Elec­tra, model and ac­tress, 47.

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