On This Day in History for May 20 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 137 of 137

  • 1972 Republic of Cameroon declared as constitution is ratified
  • 1974 Soyuz 14 returns to Earth
  • 1976 USSR performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan USSR
  • 1978 3 PFLP members kill a police officer near El Al airlines in Orly Airport, Paris
  • 1978 US launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus
  • 1980 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls NY) are evacuated
  • 1980 Fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, kills 157
  • 1980 In a referendum, 59.5% of Quebec voters reject separatism
  • 1985 Dow Jones industrial avg closes above 1300 for 1st time
  • 1985 FBI arrests John A Walker Jr, convicted of spying for USSR
  • 1985 US began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti
  • 1988 Howard Stern fans disrupt WMMR's & John DeBella's "Louie Louie" parade
  • 1989 China declares martial law in Beijing
  • 1989 Walter McConnel, 57, is oldest to reach 27,000' Mt Everest top
  • 1990 Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space
  • 1991 Jeff Reardon gains his 300th career save
  • 1991 Soviet parliament approves law allowing citizens to travel abroad
  • 1992 India launches its 1st satellite independently

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1992 At height of "Black May' political crisis in Thailand TV interview broadcast of King Bhumibol Adulyadej demanding Generals Suchinda and Chamlong work together.

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • 1993 10m meteor comes within 150,000 km of Earth (1993KA)
  • 1994 Bobcat Goldthwait charged with misdemeanors for fire on Tonight Show
  • 1995 Twins Marty Cordova ties rookie record of HRs in 5 consecutive games
  • 1996 UN and Iraq agree to Resolution 986, which provides Iraq with the opportunity to sell $1 billion of oil for 90 days for a 180-day trial period; proceeds from the sale would be used for humanitarian purposes
  • 1997 Cosmos Zenit-2 Launch (Russia), Failed
  • 1997 Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway/USA), Successful

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1997 US President Clinton signs an executive order barring new US investment in Burma (also known as Myanmar), effective May 21 and renewable annually

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 2002 The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself was the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).
  • 2009 Mexico is the first Latin American country to officially enter recession
  • 2012 6.0 magnitude earthquake kills 6 and injures dozens in northern Italy
  • 2012 Tomislav Nikolić elected president of Serbia
  • 2013 133 people are killed and 283 are injured in a continued wave of insurgency in Iraq
  • 2013 2 people are killed and 20 are injured after a hot air balloon crashes in Cappadocia, Turkey
  • 2013 The Church of Scotland votes to allow openly gay men and women to be ministers
  • 2013 Yahoo purchases Tumbler for $1.1 Billion
  • 2015 Journal Nature publishes findings of the oldest man-made tools from Kenya’s Turkana basin - 3.3 million years, the 1st found to pre-date the Homo genus.
  • 2015 5 major world banks (JPMorgan, Barclays, Citigroup, RBS and UBS) fined US$5.7bn for manipulating currency markets - some of the largest ever fines

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2017 US President Donald Trump begins his 1st foreign trip arriving in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 121 of 121

  • 1949 Nick Joe Rahall II, (Rep-D-WV, 1977- )
  • 1951 Michael D Crapo, (Rep-R-Idaho)
  • 1951 Thomas D Akers, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 41, 49, 61, 79), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1953 Robert Doyle, Australian politician
  • 1954 Galina Vasilyevna Amelkina, Russia, doctor/cosmonaut
  • 1954 David Paterson, American politician
  • 1954 Cindy Hensley McCain, wife of John McCain
  • 1954 Robert Van de Walle, Belgian judoka
  • 1955 Nigel Griffiths, MP (Labour)
  • 1956 Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Norwegian author
  • 1956 William Michaelian, American novelist and poet
  • 1959 Peter Greene, American producer (After Midnight), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1961 Nick Heyward, guitar/vocals (Haircut 100-Favourite Shirts)
  • 1962 Lydia Cheng, American Ms Big Apple bodybuilder (1982) (Pumping Iron 2), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Earl Charles Spencer, Sandringham England, brother of Princess Diana
  • 1964 Joseph Sinnott Edwards, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Paul W Richards, astronaut, born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1966 Dan Abrams, American TV reporter (Nightline)
  • 1967 Ramzi Yousef, Kuwaiti-born Pakistani terrorist
  • 1969 Suzanne Lawrence, Humble Texas, Miss Texas-America (1991) (4th)
  • 2010 Lady Cosima Windsor, daughter of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster

Weddings in History


Deaths in History