Saturday, May 20, 2017
History for May 20 - On-This-Day.com:
William Thornton 1759 - Inventor, painter, designed the United States Capitol, first Superintendent of the United States Patent Office, Dolley Payne Madison 1768 - U.S. First Lady, wife of 4th President James Madison, Honore de Balzac 1799 - Novelist
John Stuart Mill 1806 - Editor, philosopher, Jimmy Stewart 1908 - Actor (Philadelphia Story ; The Glenn Miller Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), Joe Cocker 1944 - Singer, songwriter
1506 - In Spain, Christopher Columbus died in poverty.
1520 - Hernando Cortez defeated Spanish troops that had been sent to punish him in Mexico.
1774 - Britain's Parliament passed the Coercive Acts to punish the American colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior
1873 - Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets.
1899 - Jacob German of New York City became the first driver to be arrested for speeding. The posted speed limit was 12 miles per hour.
1927 - Charles Lindbergh took off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris aboard his airplane the "Spirit of St. Louis." The trip took 33 1/2 hours.
1932 - Amelia Earhart took off to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She became the first woman to achieve the feat.
1939 - The first regular air-passenger service across the Atlantic Ocean began with the take-off of the "Yankee Clipper" from Port Washington, New York.