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MAY 20

1944 David Walker (Georgia-born Astronaut) Georgia Explorers and Astronauts Astronauts NASA
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1506 Christopher Columbus (Italian Explorer Given Credit for Discovering the "New World") Italy Christopher Columbus
325 Nearly 300 Bishops Attend the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea Which Will Establish the Core Beliefs of the Christian Church Religion Historic Firsts Catholic Encyclopedia Writer's Almanac
760 Halley's Comet Reaches Its Perihelion (Closest Point to the Sun) Comets NASA
1497 Italian Explorer, John Cabot, Sets Sail for Newfoundland Having Been Granted a Permit by England's King Henry VII Newfoundland John Cabot England King Henry VII Explorers Naval History Historic Firsts Greenwich Guide
1498 Portuguese Explorer Vasco de Gama Is the First European to Reach India via the Atlantic Ocean Vasco de Gama India Explorers Naval History Historic Firsts History Channel
1792 British Lt. Peter Puget Leads the First Survey Tour of Puget Sound by Europeans British Explorers Washington U.S. Maps Historic Firsts History Link
1846 The New York Philharmonic Society Performs the American Premiere of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 ("Choral") New York Philharmonic Ludwig von Beethoven Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1862 President Abraham Lincoln Signs the Homestead Act Abraham Lincoln Westward Expansion Historic Documents Library of Congress History Channel African American Registry
1868 Republican Convention in Chicago First to Include African-American Delegates Chicago Politics African-American History Historic Firsts Chicago Public Library
1899 New York Cab Driver Jacob German Is First Motorist Arrested for Speeding New York City Automobiles Law Historic Firsts History Channel
1927 Charles Lindbergh Takes Off from Long Island, New York Bound for Paris Paris New York Charles Lindbergh Aviation History History Channel
1929 Laurie Yonge Sets a World Record for Endurance, Flying Over North Florida for 25 Hours and 5 Minutes Florida Female Explorers and Aviators Aviation History Florida Historical Society
1932 Amelia Earhart Takes Off from Newfoundland Bound for Paris Paris Canada Amelia Earhart Aviation History National Postal Museum The New York Times
1939 Pan American Airways Begins Trans-Atlantic Mail Service Flying New York to Europe New York Aviation History Historic Firsts American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics The New York Times
1951 U.S. Air Force Captain James Jabara Is the First Jet Air Ace Korean War Aviation History Historic Firsts U.S. Army
1978 NASA Launches Pioneer Venus Orbiter to Explore and Map Venus Space Exploration Venus NASA
2005 NASA Launches NOAA N Polar-Orbiting Weather and Climate Satellite Arctic Antarctic Space Exploration Weather NASA
2010 Scientist Craig Venter Announces Development of the First Synthetic Cell Craig Venter The Cell DNA Scientific Research Historic Firsts National Public Radio

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