Sunday, May 20, 2012

20th of May

It is the 140th day of the year, with only 225 days remaining until the new year.

526 - An earthquake kills about 300,000 people in Syria and Anitochia.

1570 - Cartographer Abraham Ortelius, issues the first modern atlas.

1609 - Shakespeare's sonnets are first published in London.  Some say illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.

1802 - By law, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies.

1861 - The State of North Carolina secedes from the Union.

1862 - Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law.

1864 - Battle of Ware Bottom Church, in the Virginia Bermuda Hundred Campaign, 10,000 troops fight fight in the Confederate victory.

1873 - Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.

1891 - The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope.

1902 - Cuba gains its independence from the United States.

1916 - The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting, the Boy with Baby Carriage.

1927 - A 7:52, 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.  He touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 22:22, the next day.

1932 - Amelia 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.

1940 - The first prisoners arrive at a concentration camp at Auschwitz.

1956 - In Operation Redwing, the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

1983 - In the journal, Science, it is the first publication of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS, by Luc Montagnier.

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