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TODAY IN HISTORY - 20 APRIL


• 1657 – Anglo-Spanish War: An English fleet under Admiral Robert Blake attacked a Spanish treasure fleet at Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands.


• 1828 – French explorer René Caillié became the first confirmed non-Muslim to enter Timbuktu, for which he later received a 10,000-franc prize from the Société de géographie.

• 1884 – Pope Leo XIII published the encyclical Humanum genus, denouncing Freemasonry as well as a number of beliefs and practices purportedly associated with it such as popular sovereignty and the separation of church and state.


• 1889 – Birth Date of Adolf Hitler, Austrian-German soldier and politician, Chancellor of Germany (Death On 1945) 



• 1968 – British Member of Parliament Enoch Powell made his controversial "Rivers of Blood" speech in opposition to immigration and anti-discrimination legislation, resulting in his removal from the Shadow Cabinet.





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