20 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Sir Henry Percy (Hotspur), 1364
  • Dolly Madison, 1768
  • Honoré de Balzac, 1799
  • John Stuart Mill, 1806
  • Henri Rousseau, 1844
  • John Jacob Astor (Baron Astor), 1886
  • Adela Rogers St. Johns, 1894
  • Jimmy Stewart, 1908
  • Moshe Dayan, 1915
  • Lord Harlech, 1918
  • George Gobel, 1919
  • Constance Towers, 1933
  • Joe Cocker, 1944
  • Cher, 1946
  • Ronald Prescott Reagan, 1958
  • Bronson Pinchot, 1959

Died On This Day:

  • Christopher Columbus, 1506
  • Marquis de Lafayette, 1834
  • John Clare, 1864
  • Sir Max Beerbohm, 1956
  • Dame Barbara Hepworth, 1975
  • Gilda Radner, 1989
  • Jean-Pierre Rampal, 2000
  • Stephen Jay Gould, 2002
  • Robin Gibb, 2012

Today's Events:

  • 1498 - Vasco da Gama and his Voyage of Discovery reaches India at the Port of Calicut.
  • 1862 - Homestead Act passed; any head of family can win 160 acres public land by working it for 5 years.
  • 1867 - Foundation stone at Royal Albert Hall, London, laid by Queen Victoria.
  • 1895 - U.S. income tax declared unconstitutional. Would that it were.
  • 1899 - First driver convicted of speeding down Lexington Avenue in N.Y. He was going 12 m.p.h.
  • 1910 - World's record of nine reigning monarchs join parade in London at funeral procession of Edward VII.
  • 1919 - Volcano eruption in central Java kills over 16,000.
  • 1925 - HQ for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States dedicated in Washington D.C.
  • 1927 - Charles Lindbergh, 25, takes off in first solo non-stop flight to Paris from Long Island, N.Y.
  • 1939 - Airmail transatlantic service inaugurated by Pan Am's Yankee Clipper, NY-Lisbon.
  • 1956 - Americans drop hydrogen bomb over Bikini atoll.
  • 1961 - White mob attacks busload of Freedom Fighters in Montgomery AL; US marshals sent to restore order.
  • 1969 - In bloodiest battle of Vietnam War, US and South Vietnamese capture Hamburger Hill (Mount Apbia).
  • 1977 - Original Orient Express makes its last journey between Paris and Istanbul.
  • 1990 - Hubble Space Telescope sends first photos back to earth.
  • 1993 - 93 million tune in as TV Series 'Cheers' plays last episode on NBC Television after 11 seasons.
  • 1995 - President Clinton bans traffic on Pennsylvania Ave in front of White House after incidents.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Ethelbert of the East Angles
  • Bernardine of Siena

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Cuba (1902)
  • Day of Manjrishri

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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