May 20 Events in History - May 20 Birthdays - May 20 Deaths
2015 Archaeologists report on the findings in Kenya of stone tools over a half-million years older than known species of human ancestors, raising questions regarding human evolution and use of tools
2014 General Motors announces an additional recall of 2.4 million vehicles as a proactive measure against discovery of further safety defects; in 2014 to date, the company has recalled over 13 million vehicles for safety issues
2014 Credit Suisse has pled guilty to criminal charges of assisting U.S. customers in tax fraud and evasion; however, the Swiss government will not allow the bank to cooperate with the U.S. government's request for the names of those customers
2013 'Panorama,' a BBC documentary series airing unseen footage from the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, casts doubt on medical evidence provided from testimony in the case
2013 In Stockholm, Sweden, immigrant youths riot and burn over 100 vehicles
2012 Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells his cabinet that Israel's identity is threatened by hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from Africa
2012 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General, Yukiya Amano, goes to Tehran to convince the Iran's government to co-operate with the IAEA
2011 Burial services for Claude Choules, aged 110, the last living veteran of World War I, take place in West Australia's port of Fremantle
2011 In a meeting with President Barack Obama, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will not fully withdraw to the pre-1967 borders as Obama requested
2010 Scientists at the Craig J. Venter Institute announce they have successfully created the world's first artificial lifeform by transplanting a synthesized genome into an existing cell
1997 Cosmos Zenit-2 Launch (Russia), Failed
1997 Thor-2A Delta 2 Launch (Norway/USA), Successful
1997 White Sox Frank Thomas reaches base safely for 15th straight time
1995 121st Preakness: Pat Day aboard Timber Coutry wins in 1:54.4
1995 CBS News fires co-anchor Connie Chung
1995 Twins Marty Cordova ties rookie record of home runs in 5 consecutive games
1994 Bobcat Goldthwait charged with misdemeanors for fire on Tonight Show
1994 Miss India (Sushmita Sen) selected Miss Universe
1994 Sony Theaters and Cineplex (New York City) hike movie ticket prices to $8.00
1993 10m meteor comes within 150,000 km of Earth (1993KA)
1993 274th and final "Cheers" on NBC
1993 Ukraine Premier Leonid Koetsjma resigns
1992 FC Barcelona wins 373 Europe Cup 1 at London
1992 India launches its 1st satellite independently
1992 Rap singer raps 597 syllables in under 60 seconds
1991 Chicago Bull Michael Jordan, named NBA's MVP
1991 Jeff Reardon gains his 300th career save
1991 Soviet parliament approves law allowing citizens to travel abroad
1990 "Truly Blessed" closes at Longacre Theater New York City after 33 performances
1990 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Planters Pat Bradley Golf International
1990 Hubble Space Telescope sends 1st photograph's from space
1989 115th Preakness: Pat Valenzuela aboard Sunday Silence wins in 1:53.8
1989 China declares martial law in Beijing
1989 Toonces The Cat takes the wheel on Saturday Night Live
1989 Walter McConnel, 57, is oldest to reach 27,000' Mount Everest top
1988 Howard Stern fans disrupt WMMR's and John DeBella's "Louie Louie" parade
1988 Mike Schmidt hits his 535th home run, moving into 8th place
1987 Gotenborg wins 16th UEFA Cup at Dundee
1987 Wrestler Jerry Lawler sues WWF and Harley Race for trademark name "king"
1986 Christy Fichtner, 23, (Texas), crowned 35th Miss USA
1986 Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration airs on CBS-tv
1985 1150 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners exchanged for 3 Israelis
1985 Dow Jones industrial avg closes above 1300 for 1st time
1985 FBI arrests John A Walker, Jr., convicted of spying for U.S.S.R.
1985 Indians-Brewers game at Cleveland Stadium is 1st rain-out of 1985, ends record string of 458 ML games since Opening Day without a rain-out
1985 Larry Holmes beats Carl Williams in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1985 U.S. began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti
1984 "On Your Toes" closes at Virginia Theater New York City after 505 performances
1984 Barb Bunkowsky wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Classic
1984 Boston's Roger Clemens beats Twins, 5-4, for his 1st victory
1983 Larry Holmes beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1983 Michael Dokes and Mike Weaver fight to a draw in 15 for hw boxing title
1983 Phillies Steve Carlton passes W Johnson with 2nd most strike outs
1981 Ipswich Town wins 10th UEFA Cup at Amsterdam
1980 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls New York) are evacuated
1980 Drummer Peter Criss quits Kiss
1980 Fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, kills 157
1980 In a referendum, 59.5% of Quebec voters reject separatism
1979 "I Love My Wife" closes at Barrymore Theater New York City after 864 performances
1979 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
1978 104th Preakness: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 1:54.4
1978 3 PFLP members kill a cop near El Al airlines in Orly Airport, Paris
1978 U.S. launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus
1976 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Sary Shagan U.S.S.R.
1974 Soyuz 14 returns to Earth
1973 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 613 performances
1973 25th Emmy Awards: Waltons, All in the Family and Mary Tyler Moore
1973 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
1972 "Different Times" closes at ANTA Theater New York City after 24 performances
1972 "Hard Job Being God" closes at Edison Theater New York City after 6 performances
1972 5th ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat New York Nets, 4 games to 2
1972 98th Preakness: Eldon Nelson aboard Bee Bee Bee wins in 1:55.6
1972 Republic of Cameroon declared as constitution is ratified
1971 Pentagon reports blacks constitute 11% of U.S. soldiers in SE Asia
1970 100,000 march in New York supporting U.S. policies in Vietnam
1970 2 die in a New York City subway accident
1970 Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premieres in UK
1969 U.S. troop capture Hill 937/Hamburger Hill Vietnam
1967 10,000 demonstrate against war in Vietnam
1967 93rd Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Damascus wins in 1:55.2
1967 BBC bans Beatle's "A Day in the Life" (drug references)
1965 Pakistani Boeing 720-B crashes at Cairo Egypt, killing 121
1965 Yorkshire all out for 23 vs. Hampshire at Middlesbrough
1964 Buster Mathis defeats Joe Fraizer to qualify for U.S. Olympic team
1963 Sukarno appointed president of Indonesia
1962 Patty Berg wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open
1961 87th Preakness: Johnny Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 1:57.6
1961 Henzes opera "Elegy for Young Lovers," premieres in Schwetzingen
1961 Mauritania adopts constitution
1961 White mob attacks "Freedom Riders" in Montgomery, Alabama
1960 Baseball game in Milwaukee postponed due to dense fog
1959 Ford wins battle with Chrysler to call its new car "Falcon"
1959 Japanese-Americans regain their citizenship
1959 Shah of Persia visits Netherlands
1959 Yankees sink to last place, 1st time since May 25, 1940
1958 U.S. performs nuclear test at Enwetak (atmospheric tests)
1956 Atomic fusion (thermonuclear) bomb dropped from plane-Bikini Atoll
1956 Jordan government of Samir resigns
1955 Argentine parliament accepts separation of church and state
1954 Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of Nationalist China
1950 76th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Prince wins in 1:59.2
1948 1st use of Israeli Air Force and 1st war victory, defeating Syrian army
1948 Cleveland Indians tie AL record of 18 walks (beat Red Sox 13-4)
1946 Cubs Claude Passeau makes his 1st error since September 21, 1941, ending pitcher's fielding record of 273 consecutive errorless chances
1945 Keith Miller scores 105 in the 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's
1944 U.S. Communist Party dissolves
1943 French, British and U.S. victory parade in Tunis Tunisia
1942 U.S. Navy 1st permitted black recruits to serve
1941 Archer's "Christian Calendar and Gregorian Reform" published
1941 Former Dutch Prime Minister Colijn says Netherlands Indies not ready for independence
1941 Germany invades Crete
1941 White Sox Taft Wright sets AL record of RBIs in 13 consecutive games
1940 General Guderians tanks reach The Channel (British expeditionary army)
1940 Igor Sikorsky unveils his helicopter invention
1940 Soccer team HZVV forms in Hoogeveen
1940 Trailing 7-1 in 9th to Pitts, Phils win 8-7
1939 "3 Little Fishies," by Kay Kyser hits #1
1939 Pan Am begins transatlantic passenger and air mail service
1939 1st regular transatlantic airmail (New York to Marsseille France)
1932 Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland 1st woman fly solo across Atlantic
1932 Engelbert Dollfuss becomes chancellor of Austria
1930 1st airplane catapulted from a dirigible, Charles Nicholson, pilot
1930 University of California dedicates $1,500 to research on prevention and cure of athlete's foot
1927 At 7:40 AM, Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross Atlantic for Paris
1927 Saudi Arabia becomes independent of Great Britain (Treaty of Jedda)
1926 Belgian government of Jaspar takes power
1926 Congress passes Air Commerce Act, licensing of pilots and planes
1926 Railway Labor Act became law
1926 Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies
1923 Stanley Baldwin, becomes Prime Minister of UK
1922 "Egypt" sinks off Ushant after colliding with "Seine," killing 90
1922 Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel, suspended on October 16, 1921, by Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, return to the New York lineup and go hitless
1920 Policemen raid the Cubs' bleachers and arrest 24 fans for gambling
1919 Volcano Keluit on Java, erupts killing 550
1918 1st electrically propelled warship (New Mexico)
1917 Turkish government authorizes Jews to return to Tel Aviv and Jaffa
1916 Codell, Kansas hit by tornado (also on same date in 1917 and 1918)
1916 Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting
1915 Bataafsche Petroleum Me begins oil extraction of Maracaibo
1913 38th Preakness: James Butwell aboard Buskin wins in 1:53.4
1911 Edwin Boaler Alletson hits 189 in 90 minutes Notts vs. Sussex
1910 Funeral for Britain's King Edward VII
1902 Cuba gains independence from Spain
1902 U.S. military occupation of Cuba (since Jan 1, 1899) ends
1900 2nd modern Olympic games opens in Paris (lasted 5 months)
1895 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, New York City)
1892 George Sampson patents clothes dryer
1892 Triple Alliance between Germany, Italy and Austria forms
1882 Germany/Austria-Hungary/France sign Triple Alliance
1882 Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" (Gengangere) premieres in Chicago
1882 St. Gotthard-railroad tunnel between Switzerland and Italy opens
1879 5th Kentucky Derby: Charlie Shauer aboard Lord Murphy wins in 2:37
1875 International Bureau of Weights and Measures forms by treaty
1874 Levi Strauss markets blue jeans with copper rivets, price $13.50 doz
1870 Second Chamber abolishes capital punishment
1868 Republican National Convention, meets in Chicago, nominates Grant
1867 British parliament rejects John Stuart Mills law on women suffrage
1867 Royal Albert Hall foundation laid by Queen Victoria
1864 Battle at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia, 1,400 killed or injured
1864 Spotsylvania-campaign ends after 10,920 killed/injured person
1861 Cornerstone of University of Washington laid in Seattle
1861 Kentucky proclaims its neutrality in Civil War
1861 U.S. marshals appropriate previous year's telegraph dispatches, to reveal prosecessionist evidence
1845 1st legislative assembly convenes in Hawaii
1830 1st railroad timetable published in newspaper (Baltimore American)
1830 D. Hyde patents fountain pen
1825 Charles X becomes King of France
1784 England and Netherlands signs peace treaty (Peace of Paris)
1775 Citizens of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina declare independence of Britain
1774 Britain gives Quebec, Labrador and territory north of Ohio
1734 1st Jockey Club forms in South Carolina
1704 Elias Neau forms school for slaves in New York
1690 England passes Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II
1639 Dorchester Massachusetts, forms 1st school funded by local taxes
1631 German army under earl Johann Tilly conquerors Maagdenburg
1591 Spanish troops in Zutphen surrenders to Willem Louis/Mauritius
1571 Venice, Spain and Pope Pius form anti-Turkish Saint League
1570 Egidius Coppens publishes Abraham Ortelius' "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum"
1524 Duke of Albany leaves Scotland
1521 Ignatius Loyola seriously wounded by a cannon ball
1501 Joao da Nova Castell discovers Ascension Islands
1498 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Calicut, India
1495 French King Charles VIII leaves Naples
1347 Rienzo calls Rome for people's tribunal
1310 Shoes were made for both right and left feet
1303 Treaty of Paris restores Gascony to British in Hundred Years War
1293 Earthquake strikes Kamakura Japan, 30,000 killed
526 Earthquake kills 250,000 in Antioch, Syria
325 1st Christian ecumenical council opens at Nicaea, Asia Minor