I was born on April 20, 1950. It so happens that I share that birth date with Adolf Hitler. However, I doubt that is his real birthday. It just so happens that in a non-leap year, that day is the 110th of the year, or an expression of 11, a spook marker. I am thinking now I should also examine February 2, the 33rd day of the year, and of course March 11, an expression of 33 and the day the WHO declared the worldwide Covid pandemic. But for today, I will stick with April 20th. [Later insertion: March 3, maybe too obvious to use?] Given what we know about spook markers and fake events, I think it safe to say that any of the following events could be suspicious in nature. The only thing I am certain of is that I was born on that day. I have the paperwork to prove it … wait a minute, birth certificates can be forged. Never mind. I am a spook.
I left out all athletic events. It so happens that several major league baseball stadiums opened in that day, but the baseball season starts that time of year. Certain other events seemed real, such as a 2013 earthquake in China that killed 193 and injured 11,826 – those are not spooky numbers. [Later insertion: 11, 8 and 26 are 11 with two expressions of 8.] I would be curious, of course, if readers were to examine events on their own birthday, to learn if any other day in the year has as many suspicious occurrences. In the end, it could all be subjective thinking on my part, and the events could be natural and real.
You might say that I need to busy myself with more important affairs, and I would agree. I started out here with the idea that at age 71, I would list the major public hoaxes that have occurred in my lifetime. It seemed a tedious chore, and I got distracted. I may yet do that, as my feeling was that very little around us that qualifies as a public event is real.
Here is a partial list of events occurring on April 20th.
1912: Balfour Declaration.
1914 The Ludlow Massacre in Colorado where soldiers killed 33 miners.
1936: Jews repel an Arab attack in Petach Tikvah Palestine.
1941: 100 German bombers attack Athens.
1945: German occupiers flood Beemster & Fencer; Soviet artillery begins shelling Berlin; US 7th army captured German city of Nuremberg; US forces conquer Motobu peninsula on Okinawa. Busy, busy day.
1948: Walter P. Reuther, UAW President, shot & wounded at his home in Detroit.
1964: Black students boycott Cleveland schools.
1965: People’s Republic of China offers North Vietnam military aid.
1967: Surveyor 3 lands on moon. Due to highly reflective lunar surface, instruments misread surface distance, and it bounced 33 feet in the air on first impact.
1969: Bombs planted by Irish Republican Army explode at Silent Valley reservoir in County Down and at an electricity pylon at Kilmore, County Armagh.
1971: US Supreme Court upholds use of busing to achieve racial desegregation.
1972: Apollo 16’s Young & Duke land on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2.
1979: President Carter is attacked by a swamp rabbit which swam up to his fishing boat in Plains, Georgia.
1980: Cubans begin to arrive in US from Mariel boatlift.
1982: The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode bombs in Belfast, Derry, Armagh, Ballymena, Bessbrook and Magherafelt; 2 civilians are killed and 12 injured.
1985: Karyn Marshall of NYC lifted 303 lbs in a clean & jerk lift.
1986: US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
1987: US deports Karl Linnas to USSR, charged with Nazi war crimes.
1990: Pete Rose, a member of the Order of the DeMolay as a youth, pleads guilty to hiding $300,000 in income.
1992: All-star concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium, London. Pop singer Madonna, likely the daughter of Argentine First Lady Eva Person, signs $60-million deal with Time Warner.
1994: Serbian army bombs hospital in Goradze Bosnia, 47 killed.
1998: TAME Boeing 727-200 chartered by Air France crashes into Cerro El Cable mountain after takeoff from Bogotá, Colombia, killing 53.
1999: Columbine High School Massacre.
2004: In Iraq, 12 mortars are fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents, killing 22 detainees and wounding 92.
2007: Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
2010: The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes, killing 11 and causing the rig to sink, causing a massive oil discharge into the Gulf of Mexico and an environmental disaster.
2017: Terrorist attack on police van on Champs Élysées, Paris 1 police officer killed, 2 injured.
2018: Commonwealth countries decide Prince Charles will succeed Queen Elizabeth as the next head of the Commonwealth.
2021: Former police officer Derek Chauvin convicted of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, in a case that prompted huge nationwide racial justice protests; Record number of new COVID-19 cases reported (5.24 million) in one week around the world according to WHO, with a third in India.