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May 20th, 2008 (May 20 2008)EventUnited States Senator Ted Kennedy is diagnosed with a brain tumor.
May 20th, 2008 (May 20 2008)EventMa Ying-jeou is sworn in as President of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
May 20th, 2008 (May 20 2008)DeathHamilton Jordan, former Carter White House Chief of Staff (born in 1944)
May 20th, 2007 (May 20 2007)DeathNorman Von Nida, Australian golfer (born in 1914)
May 20th, 2005 (May 20 2005)DeathPaul Ricoeur, French philosopher (born in 1913) Philo Quotes
May 20th, 2005 (May 20 2005)DeathWilliam Seawell, United States Army Brigadier General (born in 1918)
May 20th, 2002 (May 20 2002)EventThe 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).
May 20th, 2002 (May 20 2002)DeathStephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist (born in 1941)Stephen Jay Gould Quotes
May 20th, 2001 (May 20 2001)DeathRenato Carosone, Italian musician (born in 1920)
May 20th, 2000 (May 20 2000)DeathJean Pierre Rampal, French flutist (born in 1922)
May 20th, 2000 (May 20 2000)DeathMalik Sealy, American basketball player (born in 1970)
May 20th, 1996 (May 20 1996)EventGay rights: The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Romer v. Evans against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of gays and lesbians. Evans Quotes
May 20th, 1996 (May 20 1996)DeathJon Pertwee, British actor (born in 1919)
May 20th, 1995 (May 20 1995)EventIn a second referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a slight majority the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.
May 20th, 1993 (May 20 1993)BirthCaroline Zhang, American figure skater
May 20th, 1992 (May 20 1992)DeathRoger Keith Coleman, American convict
May 20th, 1990 (May 20 1990)EventThe first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.
May 20th, 1989 (May 20 1989)EventThe Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre. Martial Quotes
May 20th, 1989 (May 20 1989)DeathJohn Hicks, English economist, Nobel laureate (born in 1904)
May 20th, 1989 (May 20 1989)DeathGilda Radner, American comedian and actress (born in 1946)Gilda Radner Quotes
May 20th, 1988 (May 20 1988)BirthCarla Humphries, Filipina actress
May 20th, 1986 (May 20 1986)BirthDexter Blackstock, English footballer
May 20th, 1986 (May 20 1986)BirthLaLa Brown, American singer (died in 2007)
May 20th, 1985 (May 20 1985)EventRadio Marti, part of the Voice of America service, begins broadcasting to Cuba.
May 20th, 1984 (May 20 1984)EventThe first line of the Miami Metrorail in Miami, Florida opens.
May 20th, 1983 (May 20 1983)EventFirst publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier and Robert Gallo individually.
May 20th, 1983 (May 20 1983)BirthJr. NTR, Indian film actor
May 20th, 1982 (May 20 1982)BirthPetr Cech, Czech footballer
May 20th, 1982 (May 20 1982)BirthImran Farhat, Pakistani cricketer
May 20th, 1981 (May 20 1981)BirthIker Casillas, Spanish footballer
May 20th, 1981 (May 20 1981)BirthCalico Cooper, American actress and dancer
May 20th, 1981 (May 20 1981)BirthLindsay Taylor, American basketball player
May 20th, 1981 (May 20 1981)BirthMark Winterbottom, Australian racing driver
May 20th, 1980 (May 20 1980)EventIn a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a 60% vote the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.
May 20th, 1980 (May 20 1980)BirthAustin Kearns, American Baseball player
May 20th, 1977 (May 20 1977)BirthMatt Czuchry, American actor
May 20th, 1977 (May 20 1977)BirthLeonardo Noeren Franco, Argentine footballer
May 20th, 1977 (May 20 1977)BirthMiriam Parrish, American television actress
May 20th, 1977 (May 20 1977)BirthAngela Goethals, American actress
May 20th, 1977 (May 20 1977)BirthVesa Toskala, Finnish ice hockey player
May 20th, 1976 (May 20 1976)BirthRamon Hernandez, Venezuelan baseball player
May 20th, 1976 (May 20 1976)BirthTomoya Satozaki, Japanese baseball player
May 20th, 1976 (May 20 1976)DeathSyd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player (born in 1911)
May 20th, 1976 (May 20 1976)DeathZelmar Michelini, Uruguayan politician, member of the Christian-Democrat party, and Hector Gutierrez Ruiz "disappeared"
May 20th, 1975 (May 20 1975)BirthIsaac Galvez, Spanish cyclist (died in 2006)
May 20th, 1975 (May 20 1975)BirthMark Zupan, American quadriplegic rugby player
May 20th, 1975 (May 20 1975)DeathBarbara Hepworth, British sculptor (born in 1903)
May 20th, 1973 (May 20 1973)BirthElsa Lunghini, French singer and actress
May 20th, 1973 (May 20 1973)DeathJarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (born in 1945)
May 20th, 1972 (May 20 1972)BirthTina Hobley, British television actress
May 20th, 1972 (May 20 1972)BirthBusta Rhymes, American singer and rapper
May 20th, 1971 (May 20 1971)BirthSarka Kasparkova, Czech athlete
May 20th, 1971 (May 20 1971)BirthTony Stewart, American race car driver
May 20th, 1971 (May 20 1971)DeathWaldo Williams, Welsh poet (born in 1904)
May 20th, 1970 (May 20 1970)BirthLouis Theroux, British television presenter
May 20th, 1970 (May 20 1970)BirthTerrell Brandon, American basketball player
May 20th, 1969 (May 20 1969)EventThe Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ends.
May 20th, 1969 (May 20 1969)BirthBrian Gerard James, American professional wrestler
May 20th, 1968 (May 20 1968)BirthTimothy Olyphant, American actor
May 20th, 1968 (May 20 1968)BirthWaisale Serevi, Fijian rugby union and rugby sevens footballer
May 20th, 1967 (May 20 1967)BirthGabriele Muccino, Italian film director
May 20th, 1967 (May 20 1967)BirthRamzi Yousef, Kuwaiti-born Pakistani terrorist
May 20th, 1967 (May 20 1967)BirthPavlos, Crown Prince of Greece
May 20th, 1966 (May 20 1966)BirthMindy Cohn, American actress
May 20th, 1966 (May 20 1966)BirthDan Abrams, American TV reporter
May 20th, 1966 (May 20 1966)BirthGina Ravera, American actress
May 20th, 1965 (May 20 1965)EventPIA Flight 705, a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 040 B crashes while descending to land at Cairo International Airport, killing 119 of the 125 passengers and crew.
May 20th, 1965 (May 20 1965)BirthTed Allen, American television host
May 20th, 1963 (May 20 1963)BirthDavid Wells, American baseball player
May 20th, 1962 (May 20 1962)BirthMike Jeffries, American soccer coach
May 20th, 1961 (May 20 1961)BirthClive Allen, English footballer
May 20th, 1961 (May 20 1961)DeathJosef "Pips" Priller, German fighter ace (born in 1915)
May 20th, 1960 (May 20 1960)BirthJohn Billingsley, American actor
May 20th, 1960 (May 20 1960)BirthChuck Brodsky, American musicianChuck D Quotes
May 20th, 1960 (May 20 1960)BirthTony Goldwyn, American actor
May 20th, 1959 (May 20 1959)BirthIsrael Kamakawiwo ole, American singer (died in 1997)
May 20th, 1959 (May 20 1959)BirthBronson Pinchot, American actor
May 20th, 1958 (May 20 1958)BirthRon Reagan, American talk show hostRon Reagan Quotes
May 20th, 1958 (May 20 1958)BirthJane Wiedlin, American singer (The Go-Go s)
May 20th, 1956 (May 20 1956)EventIn Operation Redwing, (shot Cherokee), the first US airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean;
May 20th, 1956 (May 20 1956)BirthIngvar Ambjornsen, Norwegian author
May 20th, 1956 (May 20 1956)BirthDean Butler, American actor
May 20th, 1956 (May 20 1956)BirthWilliam Michaelian, American novelist and poet
May 20th, 1956 (May 20 1956)DeathMax Beerbohm, English theater critic (born in 1872)Max Beerbohm Quotes
May 20th, 1955 (May 20 1955)BirthZbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer
May 20th, 1954 (May 20 1954)EventChiang Kai-shek is selected for another term as President of the Republic of China by the National Assembly.
May 20th, 1954 (May 20 1954)BirthGuy Hoffman, American musician (Violent Femmes)
May 20th, 1954 (May 20 1954)BirthDavid Paterson, American politician
May 20th, 1954 (May 20 1954)BirthCindy Hensley McCain, wife of John McCainJohn McCain Quotes
May 20th, 1954 (May 20 1954)BirthRobert Van de Walle, Belgian judoka
May 20th, 1953 (May 20 1953)BirthRobert Doyle, Australian politician
May 20th, 1952 (May 20 1952)BirthRoger Milla, Cameroonian footballer
May 20th, 1951 (May 20 1951)BirthMike Crapo, American politician
May 20th, 1950 (May 20 1950)BirthYvon Lambert, French Canadian ice hockey player
May 20th, 1950 (May 20 1950)BirthReinaldo Merlo, Argentine footballer
May 20th, 1949 (May 20 1949)EventIn the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency) is established.
May 20th, 1949 (May 20 1949)EventThe Kuomintang regime declares Taiwan is under martial law. Martial Quotes
May 20th, 1949 (May 20 1949)BirthDave Thomas, Canadian comedian & actor
May 20th, 1949 (May 20 1949)DeathRandolph West, American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (born in 1890)
May 20th, 1947 (May 20 1947)BirthGreg Dyke, British broadcast executive
May 20th, 1947 (May 20 1947)DeathPhilipp Lenard, Austrian physicist, Nobel laureate (born in 1862)
May 20th, 1946 (May 20 1946)BirthCher, American singer
May 20th, 1946 (May 20 1946)DeathJacob Ellehammer, Danish inventor (born in 1871)
May 20th, 1945 (May 20 1945)BirthVladimiro Montesinos, Peruvian politician
May 20th, 1944 (May 20 1944)BirthJoe Cocker, British singer
May 20th, 1944 (May 20 1944)BirthBoudewijn de Groot, Dutch singer
May 20th, 1944 (May 20 1944)BirthDietrich Mateschitz, Austrian businessman
May 20th, 1943 (May 20 1943)BirthAl Bano, Italian singer
May 20th, 1942 (May 20 1942)BirthCarlos Hathcock, American Marine sniper (died in 1999)
May 20th, 1942 (May 20 1942)BirthJill Jackson, American singer
May 20th, 1941 (May 20 1941)EventWorld War II: Battle of Crete - German paratroops invade Crete.
May 20th, 1941 (May 20 1941)BirthGoh Chok Tong, Singaporean Senior Minister
May 20th, 1941 (May 20 1941)BirthJohn Strasberg, American actor
May 20th, 1941 (May 20 1941)BirthManuel Isaias Lopez, Mexican child psychiatrist
May 20th, 1940 (May 20 1940)EventHolocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz.
May 20th, 1940 (May 20 1940)BirthStan Mikita, Slovak-born ice hockey player
May 20th, 1940 (May 20 1940)BirthSadaharu Oh, Japanese baseball player
May 20th, 1940 (May 20 1940)BirthShorty Long, American musician (died in 1969)
May 20th, 1940 (May 20 1940)DeathVerner von Heidenstam, Swedish writer, Nobel laureate (born in 1859)
May 20th, 1938 (May 20 1938)BirthMarinella, Greek singer and actress
May 20th, 1936 (May 20 1936)BirthAnthony Zerbe, American actor
May 20th, 1936 (May 20 1936)BirthLee "Scratch" Perry, Jamaican reggae and dub artist
May 20th, 1932 (May 20 1932)EventAmelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.
May 20th, 1932 (May 20 1932)BirthBob Florence, American jazz pianist, composer, arranger (died in 2008)
May 20th, 1931 (May 20 1931)BirthKen Boyer, American baseball player (died in 1982)
May 20th, 1931 (May 20 1931)BirthPaul Evans, American furniture designer and sculptor (d.1987) Evans Quotes
May 20th, 1930 (May 20 1930)BirthSam Etcheverry, American football player and coach
May 20th, 1928 (May 20 1928)BirthJack Kevorkian, controversial American medical doctorJack Kevorkian Quotes
May 20th, 1927 (May 20 1927)EventBy the Treaty of Jedda, the United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, which later merged to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
May 20th, 1927 (May 20 1927)EventAt 07:52 Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world s first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, touching down at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 22:22 the next day.
May 20th, 1927 (May 20 1927)BirthBud Grant, American football coach
May 20th, 1927 (May 20 1927)BirthFranciszek Macharski, Polish Cardinal
May 20th, 1927 (May 20 1927)BirthDavid Hedison, American actor
May 20th, 1926 (May 20 1926)BirthBob Sweikert, American race car driver (died in 1956)
May 20th, 1926 (May 20 1926)BirthJohn Lucarotti, TV writer (died in 1994)
May 20th, 1925 (May 20 1925)BirthChester Ludgin, American baritone (died in 2003)
May 20th, 1921 (May 20 1921)BirthWolfgang Borchert, German writer (died in 1947)
May 20th, 1921 (May 20 1921)BirthHal Newhouser, American baseball player (died in 1998)
May 20th, 1920 (May 20 1920)EventThe Weimarer Nationalversammlung, the national assembly of Germany s Weimar Republic, is permanently dissolved.
May 20th, 1920 (May 20 1920)EventMontreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasts the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America.
May 20th, 1920 (May 20 1920)BirthJohn Cruickshank, Scottish airman, won Victoria CrossJohn Scott Quotes
May 20th, 1920 (May 20 1920)BirthBetty Driver, English singer and actress
May 20th, 1919 (May 20 1919)BirthGerhard Barkhorn, German fighter pilot (died in 1983)
May 20th, 1919 (May 20 1919)BirthGeorge Gobel, American comedian (died in 1991)
May 20th, 1918 (May 20 1918)BirthEdward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (died in 2004)
May 20th, 1917 (May 20 1917)BirthGuy Favreau, French Canadian lawyer (died in 1967)
May 20th, 1917 (May 20 1917)BirthBergur Sigurbjornsson, Icelandic politician (died in 2005)
May 20th, 1917 (May 20 1917)DeathPhilipp von Ferrary, Italian philatelist (born in 1850)
May 20th, 1917 (May 20 1917)DeathValentine Fleming, Scottish politician (born in 1887)
May 20th, 1916 (May 20 1916)EventThe Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting ("Boy with Baby Carriage").
May 20th, 1916 (May 20 1916)EventThe small town of Codell, Kansas is struck by a tornado. Incredibly, the same town was also hit in 1917 and 1918 on the exact same date.
May 20th, 1916 (May 20 1916)BirthTrebisonda Valla, Italian athlete (died in 2006)
May 20th, 1916 (May 20 1916)BirthAlexei Petrovich Maresiev, Russian flying ace (died in 2001)
May 20th, 1915 (May 20 1915)BirthMoshe Dayan, Israeli general (died in 1981)Moshe Dayan Quotes
May 20th, 1914 (May 20 1914)BirthCorneliu Coposu, Romanian politician (died in 1995)
May 20th, 1914 (May 20 1914)BirthHideko Maehata, Japanese swimmer (died in 1995)
May 20th, 1913 (May 20 1913)BirthWilliam Hewlett, American engineer (died in 2001)
May 20th, 1911 (May 20 1911)BirthGardner Fox, American writer (died in 1986)
May 20th, 1909 (May 20 1909)DeathErnest Hogan, blackface comedian and musician (born in 1859)
May 20th, 1908 (May 20 1908)EventEstablishment of Boedi Oetoemo. Indonesians mark it as the National Awakening Day.
May 20th, 1908 (May 20 1908)BirthJames Stewart, American actor (died in 1997)
May 20th, 1906 (May 20 1906)BirthGiuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic cardinal (died in 1989)
May 20th, 1902 (May 20 1902)EventCuba gains independence from the United States. Tomas Estrada Palma becomes the first President of Cuba.
May 20th, 1901 (May 20 1901)BirthMax Euwe, Dutch chess player (died in 1981)
May 20th, 1899 (May 20 1899)BirthAlexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (died in 1969)
May 20th, 1899 (May 20 1899)BirthJohn Marshall Harlan II, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (died in 1971)John Marshall Quotes
May 20th, 1897 (May 20 1897)BirthDiego Abad de Santillan, Spanish anarchist (died in 1983)
May 20th, 1896 (May 20 1896)EventThe six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others.
May 20th, 1896 (May 20 1896)DeathClara Schumann, German pianist and composer (born in 1819)
May 20th, 1895 (May 20 1895)BirthR. J. (Reginald Joseph) Mitchell, British aircraft designer (died in 1937)
May 20th, 1894 (May 20 1894)BirthChandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian Hindu sage, Jivanmukta (died in 1994)
May 20th, 1891 (May 20 1891)EventHistory of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison s prototype kinetoscope (shown at Edison s Laboratory for a convention of the National Federation of Women s Clubs).
May 20th, 1883 (May 20 1883)EventKrakatoa begins to erupt. The volcano s final and most notable explosion occurs on August 26.
May 20th, 1883 (May 20 1883)BirthKing Faisal I of Iraq (died in 1933)
May 20th, 1882 (May 20 1882)EventThe Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy is formed.
May 20th, 1882 (May 20 1882)BirthSigrid Undset, Norwegian author, Nobel laureate (died in 1949)
May 20th, 1873 (May 20 1873)EventLevi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
May 20th, 1873 (May 20 1873)DeathSir George-Etienne Cartier, French-Canadian statesman (born in 1814)
May 20th, 1864 (May 20 1864)EventAmerican Civil War: Battle of Ware Bottom Churchin the Virginia Bermuda Hundred Campaign, 10,000 troops fight in this Confederate victory.
May 20th, 1862 (May 20 1862)EventU.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law.Abraham Lincoln Quotes
May 20th, 1861 (May 20 1861)EventAmerican Civil War: The state of Kentucky proclaims its neutrality, which will last until September 3 when Confederate forces enter the state.
May 20th, 1860 (May 20 1860)BirthEduard Buchner, German chemist, Nobel laureate (died in 1917)
May 20th, 1851 (May 20 1851)BirthEmil Berliner, German-born recording pioneer (died in 1929)
May 20th, 1845 (May 20 1845)EventHMS Erebus and HMS Terror with 134 men under John Franklin sail from the River Thames in England, beginning a disastrous expedition to find the Northwest Passage. All hands are lost.
May 20th, 1841 (May 20 1841)DeathJoseph Blanco White, British theologian (born in 1775)
May 20th, 1840 (May 20 1840)EventYork Minster was badly damaged by fire
May 20th, 1838 (May 20 1838)BirthJules Meline, French statesman (died in 1925)
May 20th, 1835 (May 20 1835)EventOtto is named the first modern king of Greece.
May 20th, 1834 (May 20 1834)DeathGilbert du Motier, French statesman (born in 1757)
May 20th, 1830 (May 20 1830)BirthHector Malot, French writer (died in 1907)
May 20th, 1825 (May 20 1825)DeathPapaflessas, Greek priest and government official (born in 1788)
May 20th, 1822 (May 20 1822)BirthFrederic Passy, French economist, Nobel laureate (died in 1912)
May 20th, 1818 (May 20 1818)BirthWilliam Fargo, co-founder of Wells, Fargo & Company (died in 1881)
May 20th, 1813 (May 20 1813)EventNapoleon Bonaparte leads his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen in Saxony, Germany, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia. The battle ends the next day with a French victory.Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes
May 20th, 1806 (May 20 1806)BirthJohn Stuart Mill, English philosopher (died in 1873)John Stuart Mill Quotes
May 20th, 1799 (May 20 1799)BirthHonore de Balzac, French novelist (died in 1850)Honore de Balzac Quotes
May 20th, 1793 (May 20 1793)DeathCharles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist (born in 1720)
May 20th, 1782 (May 20 1782)DeathWilliam Emerson, British mathematician (born in 1701)
May 20th, 1772 (May 20 1772)BirthSir William Congreve, English inventor (died in 1828)William Congreve Quotes
May 20th, 1769 (May 20 1769)BirthAndreas Vokos Miaoulis, Greek admiral and politician (died in 1835)
May 20th, 1768 (May 20 1768)BirthDolley Madison, First Lady of the United States (died in 1849)
May 20th, 1759 (May 20 1759)BirthWilliam Thornton, West Indian-born architect (died in 1828)
May 20th, 1737 (May 20 1737)BirthWilliam Petty Fitzmaurice, British statesman (died in 1805)
May 20th, 1732 (May 20 1732)DeathThomas Boston, Scottish church leader (born in 1676)
May 20th, 1726 (May 20 1726)BirthFrancis Cotes, English painter (died in 1770)
May 20th, 1722 (May 20 1722)DeathSebastien Vaillant, French botanist (born in 1669)
May 20th, 1717 (May 20 1717)DeathJohn Trevor, British statesman (born in 1637)
May 20th, 1713 (May 20 1713)DeathThomas Sprat, English writer (born in 1635)
May 20th, 1706 (May 20 1706)BirthSeth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (died in 1777)
May 20th, 1690 (May 20 1690)EventEngland passes the Act of Grace, forgiving followers of Roman Catholic James II.
May 20th, 1677 (May 20 1677)DeathGeorge Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, British statesman (born in 1612)
May 20th, 1663 (May 20 1663)BirthWilliam Bradford, British-born printer (died in 1752)William Bradford Quotes
May 20th, 1660 (May 20 1660)BirthAndreas Schluter, German sculptor (died in 1714)
May 20th, 1648 (May 20 1648)DeathKing Wladislaus IV of Poland (born in 1595)
May 20th, 1631 (May 20 1631)EventThe city of Magdeburg in Germany is seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years War.
May 20th, 1622 (May 20 1622)DeathOsman II, Ottoman Sultan (born in 1604)
May 20th, 1609 (May 20 1609)EventShakespeare s Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
May 20th, 1593 (May 20 1593)BirthSalomo Glassius, German theologian (died in 1656)
May 20th, 1570 (May 20 1570)EventCartographer Abraham Ortelius issues the first modern atlas. Abraham Quotes
May 20th, 1554 (May 20 1554)BirthPaolo Bellasio, Italian composer (died in 1594)
May 20th, 1550 (May 20 1550)DeathAshikaga Yoshiharu, Japanese shogun (born in 1510)
May 20th, 1521 (May 20 1521)EventBattle of Pampeluna: Ignatius Loyola is seriously wounded.
May 20th, 1506 (May 20 1506)DeathChristopher Columbus, Italian explorer (born in 1451)Christopher Columbus Quotes
May 20th, 1503 (May 20 1503)DeathLorenzo de Medici, Italian patron (born in 1463)
May 20th, 1498 (May 20 1498)EventPortuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.
May 20th, 1497 (May 20 1497)EventJohn Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship Matthew looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date).
May 20th, 1470 (May 20 1470)BirthPietro Bembo, Italian cardinal (died in 1547)
May 20th, 1444 (May 20 1444)DeathSaint Bernardino of Siena, Italian Franciscan missionary (born in 1380)
May 20th, 1315 (May 20 1315)BirthBonne of Luxembourg, wife of John II of France (died in 1349)
May 20th, 1293 (May 20 1293)EventKing Sancho IV of Castile creates the Study of General Schools of Alcala.
May 20th, 1285 (May 20 1285)DeathJohn II of Jerusalem, King of Cyprus (born in 1259)
May 20th, 1277 (May 20 1277)DeathPope John XXI (born in 1215)
May 20th, 1217 (May 20 1217)EventThe Second Battle of Lincoln is fought near Lincoln, England, resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke.
May 20th, 0685 (May 20 0685)EventThe Battle of Dunnichen or Nechtansmere is fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated.
May 20th, 0685 (May 20 0685)DeathKing Ecgfrith of Northumbria (born in 645)
May 20th, 0526 (May 20 0526)EventAn earthquake kills about 300,000 people in Syria and Antiochia.
May 20th, 0325 (May 20 0325)EventThe First Council of Nicaea - the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church is held.

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