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20 April 1889 was infamous for being Adolf Hitler's birthday. In 1945, on his 56th birthday, Hitler was seen for the last time outside the Nazis' underground bunker in Berlin, giving awards to some members of the Hitler Youth. (PROSE: The Shadow in the Glass)

In 1896, Team TARDIS encountered a Draconian in West Ham. (PROSE: The Simple Things)

In 1958, the MTB Heroic sank in the River Thames due to a storm. Its crewmember Johnny Skipton was rescued from drowning by the 39th century time traveller Elliot Payne and brought to the 1890s. (AUDIO: Dead Men's Tales, Chronoclasm)

In 2011[1], Craig Owens awoke to find the Eleventh Doctor gone following the events of the day previous; the Doctor went to Sanderson & Grainger on his own to battle the Cybermen. Craig joined him and was almost Cyber-converted, but managed to reverse the process half-way through when his son Alfie's cry rebooted his emotions. This also caused an emotional overload for the Cybermen; their ship was destroyed in the explosion. Despite supposedly having little time to live, the Doctor then travelled back a few hours to clean up Craig's house before Sophie returned, and then left for one last trip in his farewell tour and to finally confront his death. (TV: Closing Time)

In 2025, the Seventh Doctor's state began to stabilise after his infection the day before. (AUDIO: Project: Destiny)


  1. The Doctor showed Craig a newspaper dated 19 April the day before.