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Historical Events


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May 20 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Calicut, India becoming the first European to reach India by sea

Explorer Vasco da Gama
Explorer
Vasco da Gama

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May 30 Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus

Famous Deaths

  • May 23 Girolamo Savonarola, dictator of Florence (1494-98), hanged at 45