On This Day…

On This Day…


Welcome to your weekend. We’re glad you are here!

During the week it can sometimes feel like the hustle and bustle of life is a whirlwind of events, appointments, or stress. Hey, we get it.

That’s why we make a choice to slow things down a bit on Saturday mornings and start your day with a simpler “scroll down memory lane.” This is just a look back at events that happened on this day in history before we head out to make new history today.

So, grab your favorite sippin’ drink and let’s scroll!

Today is Saturday, April 20th, the 111th day of the year.

On this day:

In 1832, an act of Congress established Hot Springs National Park as the first national park in the United States.

In 1853, Harriet Tubman started her Underground Railroad, helping slaves to freedom.

In 1912, “Dracula” author Bram Stoker died at the age of 64.

In 1961, the Federal Communications Commission approved F-M Stereo broadcasting. It now accounts for more than 80-percent of all radio listening around the country.

In 1992, British comedian Benny Hill died at the age of 67.

In 1999, ventriloquist Senor Wences died at the age of 103.

In 1999, two teenage gunmen opened fire on students and teachers at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado killing 13 people before turning their guns on themselves.

In 2010, educator and social activist Dorothy Height died at the age of 98. Height was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years.

In 2013, events recognizing Colorado’s observance of four-20 Day were cancelled following a shooting at a marijuana rally.

In 2016, the Treasury Department announced that Harriet Tubman will be on the front of the new 20 dollar bill. That would move former President Andrew Jackson to the back of the bill. Tubman was a noted African-American abolitionist and humanitarian in the Civil War era. Former Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew says the bill will be unveiled in 2020.

In 2020, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina announced they were lifting some coronavirus restrictions.

In 2021, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in the murder of George Floyd, a case that prompted racial justice protests across the country.

In 2023, SpaceX’s most powerful rocket, Starship, launched a test flight from Boca Chica, Texas but exploded 4 minutes into flight. The rocket was made with 33 booster engines and the explosion was blamed on Musk’s rush to launch on 4/20.

And that brings us here to this day. Whatever plans you have on your own 4.20.2024 here’s hoping there are moments along the way to record in the pages of your own personal history books.

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