On This Day

Historical Events on May 20 (Part 2)

  • 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

Film & TV History

2015 David Letterman, after 33 years, hosts the "Late Show with David Letterman" for the last time

  • 2015 Journal Nature publishes findings of the oldest human-made tools from Kenya’s Turkana basin - 3.3 million years, 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
  • 2015 NASCAR 2016 Hall of Fame inductees: Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte and Jerry Cook
  • 2017 142nd Preakness Stakes: Javier Castellano aboard Cloud Computing wins in 1 minute 55.98 seconds

Historic Event

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

  • 2018 Two cyclists attacked by a cougar, 1 dies, in North Bend, Washington State

Election of Interest

2018 President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela wins a second term in an election marked by boycotts and accusations of vote rigging

Music Awards

2018 K-pop boy band BTS are the first Koreans to perform at the Billboard Music Awards

  • 2018 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Greystone G &CC: Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez wins by 3 from American trio Joe Durant, Steve Stricker & Gene Sauers
  • 2019 Google stops support for Huawei's Android system in an escalation of the tech war between US and China
  • 2019 Bangladesh imposes a 65-day ban on coastal fishing to conserve fish stocks
  • 2020 WHO reports most new cases in a single day - 106,000 worldwide of COVID-19
  • 2020 Cyclone Amphan comes ashore in West Bengal, East India and Bangladesh, with winds of 185 km per hour (115 mph) killing at least 84 people
  • 2021 One of Sri Lanka's worst ecological disaster as cargo ship MS X-Press Pearl, carrying toxic chemicals, catches fire off the country's coast begins spilling debris