The Transocean-owned oil rig Deepwater Horizon explodes, leaking about 4,900,000 barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. At least seven people were injured and over a dozen were missing at sea. //www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36683314 ("MSNBC")
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Iran announces a deal with Russia, involving a joint uranium enrichment firm on Russian soil 9 days later Iran announces that it will not move all activity to Russia, thus leading to a de-facto termination of the deal.
The Royal Navy frigate "Amethyst" goes up the Yangtze River to evacuate British Commonwealth refugees escaping the advance of Mao's Communist forces. Under heavy fire, she grounds off Rose Island. After an abortive rescue attempt on April 26, she anchors 10 miles upstream. Negotiations with the Communists to let the ship leave drag on for weeks.
The Council of Laodicea, which deals with constricting the conduct of church members, is held. The major canon approved by this council is Canon 29, which prohibits resting on the Sabbath (Saturday), restricting Christians to honoring the Lord on Sunday.