Daily Archives: April 20, 2012

Apollo 16 astronauts make safe lunar landing following six-hour delay 40 years ago this hour (1972)


Video: Apollo 16 on Apr. 20, 1972 (at 3:33)

(Thursday, April 20, 1972, 9:11 p.m. EST) — Two American astronauts landed safely on the Moon tonight to begin an expedition that was temporarily threatened by a failure in the main engine of the Apollo 16 ship, Casper.

“Orion is finally here, Houston…fantastic,” exclaimed Charles M. Duke Jr., moments after he and John W. Young achieved man’s fifth landing on the moon.

72,000 say goodbye to Freddie Mercury at AIDS concert 20 years ago today (1992)


Video: 'Queen & George Michael - Somebody to Love'

(April 20, 1992, Easter Monday)The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness, a tribute to AIDS victim and Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury (who died Nov. 24, 1991), was held today at London’s Wembley Stadium. Metallica opened the show and was followed by artists George Michael and Elton John. Annie Lennox and David Bowie teamed up on the song Under Pressure.

Boston’s Fenway Park, Detroit’s Tiger Stadium open 100 years ago today (1912)


Video: '100 Years Red Sox' (Fenway opens at 1:18)

(Saturday, April 20, 1912) — Boston’s Fenway Park hosted its first professional baseball game today with then-mayor John F. Fitzgerald, the grandfather of future U.S. President John F. Kennedy, throwing out the first pitch and Boston defeating future arch-rivals the New York Highlanders, renamed the Yankees the next year, 7-6 in 11 innings. Continue reading Boston’s Fenway Park, Detroit’s Tiger Stadium open 100 years ago today (1912)

George Clinton becomes first U.S. vice president to die in office 200 years ago today (1812)


Video: Vice-Presidents of the United States (Clinton at 0:20)

(Monday, April 20, 1812) — U.S. Vice President George Clinton, 72, died from a heart attack in Washington today, becoming the first vice president to die while in office.

Clinton, sworn-in as the nation’s fourth vice president on March 4, 1805, had served under two presidents: Thomas Jefferson (second term) and James Madison (first term).

Because there is no provision to replace a vice president at this time, the office remains vacant until the next presidential election and inauguration (March 4, 1813).