Today in history

Today is Thursday, May 20, 140th day of 2021. There are 225 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France.

To this date:

In 1506, explorer Christopher Columbus died in Spain.

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, which aimed to encourage settlements west of the Mississippi River by making federal lands available for agriculture.

In 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo. (Due to weather and equipment issues, Earhart relocated to Northern Ireland instead of her intended destination of France.)

In 1948, Chiang Kai-shek (chang ky-shehk) was inaugurated as the first president of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

In 1956, the United States detonated the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

In 1959, nearly 5,000 Americans of Japanese descent had their American citizenship restored after choosing to renounce it during World War II.

In 1961, a white mob attacked a bus loaded with Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Alabama, prompting the federal government to send marshals to restore order.

In 1978, Japan’s Narita International Airport began operations after years of protests against its construction by local residents.

In 1985, Radio Marti, operated by the US government, began broadcasting; Cuba responded by trying to jam its signal.

In 1995, President Bill Clinton announced that the two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House would be permanently closed to motor vehicles for safety.

In 2009, suspended NFL star Michael Vick was released after 19 months in prison for leading a dogfighting ring to begin two months of house arrest.

In 2015, four of the world’s largest banks – JPMorgan Chase, the banking unit of Citigroup Citicorp, Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland – agreed to pay more than $ 5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging currency markets.

Ten years ago: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the idea of ​​using his country’s 1967 borders as the basis of a neighboring Palestinian state, declaring his objections in a face-to-face meeting with the President Barack Obama, who had raised the idea in an effort to revive stalled Middle East peace talks. Randy “Macho Man” Savage, 58, a larger-than-life personality from the heyday of professional wrestling in the 1980s, has died in Pinellas County, Florida.

Five years ago: A US Secret Service officer shot dead a man with a gun who approached a checkpoint outside the White House and refused to drop his gun; Jesse Olivieri of Ashland, Pennsylvania, was then sentenced to eight months in jail.

A year ago: President Donald Trump threatened to block federal funds for two electoral battlefield states (Michigan and Nevada) that were facilitating postal voting during the pandemic. Police convicted seven people for cutting their hair during a protest against coronavirus restrictions outside the Michigan Capitol, where a dozen barbers and hairdressers defied stay-at-home orders to give free haircuts. Apple and Google have released smartphone technology that could let people know if they may have been exposed to the coronavirus. Former Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter were arrested in Massachusetts for smuggling Nissan President Carlos Ghosn from Japan to Lebanon as he faced financial misconduct charges. (The Taylors were extradited to Japan in March 2021.) Government figures showed births in the United States continued to decline in 2019, resulting in the lowest number of newborns in 35 years.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor-author James McEachin is 91 Actor Anthony Zerbe is 85 Actor David Proval is 79 Singer-actor Cher is 75 Actor- comedian Dave Thomas is 73 Rock musician Warren Cann is 71 Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, 70 Former New York Governor David Paterson, 67. Delaware Governor John Carney, 65. Actor Dean Butler is 65 years old. Radio and television personality Ron Reagan is 63 years old. Rock musician Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go’s) actor Bronson Pinchot is 62 years old. Singer Susan Cowsill is 62 years old. Actor John Billingsley is 61 years old. Actor Tony Goldwyn is 61 years old. Singer Nick Heyward is 60 years old. TV personality Ted Allen is 56 years old. Actor Mindy Cohn is 55 years old. Rock musician Tom Gorman (Belly) is 55 years old. Actor Gina Ravera is 55 years old. Actor Timothy Olyphant is 53 years old. Former racing driver Tony Stewart is 50 years old. Rapper Busta Rhymes is 49 years old. Actor Daya Vaidya is 48 years old. Actor Matt Czuchry (zoo-KREE ‘) is 44 years old. Actor Angela Goethals is 44 years old. Actor and singer Naturi Naughton is 37 years old. Country singer Jon Pardi is 36 years old.

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