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5/20/2023 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - May 20

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Today in History in 1498 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama became the first European to reach India by sea; and in 1506  explorer Christopher Columbus dies in poverty in Spain at age 55.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1498 - Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Calicut, India - first European to reach India by sea
  • 1609 - Shakespeare's Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
  • 1873 - Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent first blue jeans with copper rivets
  • 1922 - Babe Ruth & Bob Meusel, suspended on October 16, 1921, by Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, return to the NY lineup & go hitless
  • 1926 - Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies
  • 1927 - At 7:40 AM, pilot Charles Lindbergh takes off from NY to cross Atlantic for Paris
  • 1932 - Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland 1st woman fly solo across Atlantic
  • 1954 - Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of Nationalist China
  • 2015 - David Letterman, after 33 years, hosts the "Late Show with David Letterman" for the last time

Famous Birthdays

  • 1908 - Jimmy Stewart [James], Indiana Pennsylvania, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life)
  • 1944 - Joe Cocker, English rock vocalist (With a Little Help from My Friends), born in Sheffield England, (d. 2014)
  • 1946 - Cher [Cherilyn Sarkisian], El Centro, California, American singer and actress (I Got You Babe, Jack Lalane, Mask)
  • 1959 - Bronson Pinchot, actor (Perfect Strangers, Beverly Hills Cop), born in NYC, New York

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)
  • 2006 - "Dog the Bounty Hunter" TV personality Duane Dog Chapman (53) weds Beth Smith at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii
  • 2006 - Comedian-actress Mo'Nique (38) weds actor Sidney Hicks in an idyllic island ceremony
  • 2006 - Race car driver Jacques Villeneuve (35) weds Johanna Martinez at a civil ceremony in Switzerland
  • 2011 - Actor Doug Hutchison (51) weds country singer Courtney Stodden (16) in Las Vegas, Nevada

Famous Deaths

  • 1506 - Christopher Columbus, explorer, dies in poverty, in Spain at 55
  • 1972 - Walter Winchell, columnist/narrator (Untouchables), dies at 75
  • 2012 - Robin Gibb, British singer song-writer, dies from colon and liver cancer at 62

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