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    World Map / This Day in History / What Happend on May 20

    May 20 in History

    325The Ecumenical council is inaugurated by Emperor Constantine in Nicea.
    1303A peace treaty is signed between England and France.
    1347Cola di Rienzo takes the title of tribune in Rome.
    1520Hernando Cortes defeats Spanish troops sent against him in Mexico.
    1690England passes the Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II.
    1674John Sobieski becomes Poland’s first king.
    1774 Parliament passes the Coercive Acts to punish the colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior. The acts close the port of Boston.
    1775North Carolina becomes the first colony to declare its independence.
    1784The Peace of Versailles ends a war between France, England, and Holland.
    1799Napoleon Bonaparte orders a withdrawal from his siege of St. Jean d’Acre in Egypt.
    1859A force of Austrians collide with Piedmontese cavalry at the village of Montebello, in northern Italy.
    1861North Carolina becomes the last state to secede from the Union.
    1862President Lincoln signs the Homestead Act, providing 250 million acres of free land to settlers in the West.
    1874Levi Strauss begins marketing blue jeans with copper rivets.
    1902The U.S. military occupation of Cuba ends.
    1927Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York for Paris.
    1930The first airplane is catapulted from a dirigible.
    1932Amelia Earhart lands near Londonderry, Ireland, to become the first woman fly solo across the Atlantic.
    1939Pan American Airways starts the first regular passenger service across the Atlantic.
    1941Germany invades Crete by air.
    1942Japan completes the conquest of Burma.
    1951During the Korean War, U.S. Air Force Captain James Jabara becomes the first jet air ace in history.
    1961A white mob attacks civil rights activists in Montgomery, Alabama.
    1969In South Vietnam, troops of the 101st Airborne Division reach the top of Hill 937 after nine days of fighting entrenched North Vietnamese forces.
    1970100,000 people march in New York, supporting U.S. policies in Vietnam.

    Born on May 20

    1663William Bradford, printer.
    1750Stephen Girard, American financier and philanthropist.
    1768Dolley Madison, first lady of President James Madison.
    1799Honore de Balzac, French novelist (The Human Comedy, Lost Illusions).
    1806John Stuart Mill, British philospher and economist.
    1818William George Fargo, one of the founders of Wells, Fargo & Co.
    1882Sigrid Undset, Norwegian novelist (Kristin Lavransdatter).
    1908Jimmy Stewart, actor (It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr Smith Goes to Washington).