updated 4/20/2005 12:09:30 AM ET 2005-04-20T04:09:30

Today is Wednesday, April 20, the 110th day of 2005. There are 255 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 20, 1980, the first Cubans sailing to the United States as part of the massive Mariel boatlift reached Florida.

On this date:
In 1812, the fourth vice president of the United States, George Clinton, died in Washington at age 73, becoming the first vice president to die while in office.

In 1836, the Territory of Wisconsin was established by Congress.

In 1889, Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria.

In 1940, RCA publicly demonstrated its new and powerful electron microscope.

In 1945, during World War II, allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart.

In 1968, Pierre Elliott Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister of Canada.

In 1971, the Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.

In 1972, the manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.

In 1978, a Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 crash-landed in northwestern Russia after being fired on by a Soviet interceptor after entering Soviet airspace. Two passengers were killed.

In 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place near Littleton, Colo., as two students shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives.

Ten years ago: In the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing, the FBI announced it was looking for two men suspected of renting the truck used to carry the explosive; meanwhile, rescue teams suspended the search for survivors so that the remaining structure of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building could be shored up.

Five years ago: Littleton, Colo., paused to remember the victims on the first anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

One year ago: A tornado tore through north-central Illinois, killing eight people. A judge ordered Multnomah County, Ore., to stop issuing gay marriage licenses — but also ordered the state to recognize the 3,000 licenses already granted in the county.

Today’s Birthdays: Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is 85. Actress Nina Foch is 81. Actor George Takei is 68. Singer Johnny Tillotson is 66. Actor Ryan O’Neal is 64. Bluegrass singer-musician Doyle Lawson (Quicksilver) is 61. Rock musician Craig Frost (Grand Funk; Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band) is 57. Actress Jessica Lange is 56. Singer Luther Vandross is 54. Actor Clint Howard is 46. Actor Crispin Glover is 41. Country singer Wade Hayes is 36. Actor Shemar Moore is 35. Rock musician Mikey Welsh is 34. Actress Carmen Electra is 33. Actor Joseph Lawrence is 29.

Thought for Today: “If anyone tells you something strange about the world, something you had never heard before, do not laugh but listen attentively; make him repeat it, make him explain it; no doubt there is something there worth taking hold of.” — Georges Duhamel, French author (1884-1966).

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