What Happened on May 20

Historical Events

  • 1498 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Calicut, India becoming the first European to reach India by sea
  • 1609 Shakespeare's Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
  • 1862 US Homestead Act becomes law which provides cheap land for the settlement of the American West
  • 1891 History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope to members of the National Federation of Women's Club
  • 1927 At 7:40 AM, Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris, aboard Spirit of St Louis (1st non-stop flight)
  • 1927 Saudi Arabia becomes independent of Great Britain (Treaty of Jeddah)
  • 1990 Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space
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Did You Know?

Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent the first blue jeans with copper rivets

On May 20, 1873

Famous Weddings

  • 1968 "The Who" guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend (23) weds Karen Astley in England
  • 1995 "Eagles" singer Don Henley (47) weds model Sharon Summerall (33) in Malibu
  • 1995 "Broadcast News" actress Holly Hunter (37) weds cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (35)
  • 2000 "Benny and Joon" actress Mary Stuart Masterson (33) weds film director Damon Santostefano
  • 2000 "Stone Temple Pilots" front man Scott Weiland (32) weds model Mary Forsberg (25)
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