To mark The Billings Gazette’s 125th anniversary, we look back at news on this date from earlier editions of The Gazette and the frontier publications that merged to form the newspaper.
On April 20:
In 1910: “Five wards are now in existence in the city of Billings, for by action of the council at last night’s meeting the fifth was created by an ordinance which was introduced two weeks ago but which at that time failed of consideration by lack of unanimous consent.”
In 1935: “Several thousand Billings children will invade South park at 8 o’clock Sunday morning in quest of illusive candy Easter eggs planted annually by members of the local Elks lodge. Elks will assemble in the lodge rooms above the Midland National bank for a breakfast at 5:30 a.m.
In 1986: “The region’s tourism directors couldn’t be happier about this year’s prospects. Low gas prices, a World’s Fair in Canada and overseas travel jitters have brought an early windfall in tourist inquiries to Montana and nearby states. That brings smiles around state tourism-promotion offices.”