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This Day in History: May 20

May 20: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1570 - Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issues Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern atlas.
  2. 1609 - Shakespeare's sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
  3. 1875 - Signing of the Metre Convention by 17 nations leading to the establishment of the International System of Units.
  4. 1927 - At 07:52 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.
  5. 1949 - In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
  6. Famous Birthdays: William Thornton (Virgin Islander-American architect, designed the United States Capitol), Simon Fraser (American-Canadian explorer), William Fargo (American businessman and politician, co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express), Emile Berliner (German-American inventor, invented the Gramophone record), Edward B. Lewis (American geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate)

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