This Day in History – May 20

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May 20

History is the events of the past that have shaped our current situation. Covid – 19 resulted in a global lockdown and changed the traditional education to online education and working at 9 – 5 jobs to work from home. Let us recall the events that happened through the years on May 20.

What Happened in India on May 20?

  • 1378 – Daud Shah became the fourth Bahmani Sultan after assassinating Mujahid Shah.
  • 1498 – Vasco da Gama arrived at Calicut via sea route becoming the first Indian to reach by sea.
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  • 1915 – Sabarmati Ashram was founded by Mahatma Gandhi on this day.
  • 1992 –  First independent satellite was launched by India

What Happened Around the World on May 20? 

  • 1609 – In London, Shakespeare’s Sonnets were published first by publisher Thomas Thorpe.
  • 1862 – Former US President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act that will help in providing cheap land for the settlement of the American West.
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  • 1867 – Queen Victoria laid the foundation of the Royal Albert Hall of Arts & Sciences in London
  • 1873 –  The first blue jeans were patented by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis with copper rivets
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1983 –  “Every Breath You Take”  was released by The Police on this day and also won Billboard Song of the Year 1983

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  • 1930University of California set up a research grant of  $1,500 dedicated to the research of prevention & cure of athlete’s foot
  • 1932 – Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic and leaves Newfoundland on May 20.
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  • 1942 – US Navy allowed to recruits people from the black community for the first time.
  • 1967 –  A Day in the Life by Beatles was banned on the BBC network due to drug references
  • 1970 – A crash between 2 NYC subways in Queens killed two people and 70 were injured
  • 1990 – On May 20, the first photograph from space was received from Hubble Space Telescope
  • 1991 –  NBA’s announced Chicago Bull’s Michael Jordan most valuable player.
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2003 – The reality show America’s Next Top Model by Tyra Banks was premiered on UPN

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  • 2013 – Tumbler was sold for $1.1 Billion and purchased by Yahoo.
  • 2018 – Korean Band BTS becomes the first Koreans to perform at the Billboard Music Awards
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2019 –  Ban on coastal fishing imposed by Bangladesh for 65-day to conserve fish stocks

2020 – The highest rise in Covid- 19 cases reported by WHO. 106,000 new cases were recorded globally for the first time.

Famous Birthdays on May 20

1944 – Joe Cocker, a popular rock vocalist was born in Sheffield England

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1944 – Co-creator of energy drink red bull and successful business man Dietrich Mateschitz was born in Sankt Marein im Mürztal, Styria, Austria

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1971 – Tony Stewart is an American race car driver that is a thrice times champion of the NASCAR Cup Series was born on May 20.

2011 – Doug the Pug is an internet sensation and has about 13 million followers on social media was born on May 20.

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This was all about the interesting and intriguing events that occurred on May 20! We hope you have had fun reading this blog! For more such entertaining and informative content, follow Leverage Edu. on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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