20 May 2020: This day in history

  • 1498 Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Calicut, India becoming the first European to reach India by sea
  • 1609 Shakespeare’s Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by publisher Thomas Thorpe
  • 1862 US President Abraham Lincoln signs into law the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for the settlement of the American West (80 million acres by 1900)
  • 1864 Spotsylvania campaign in US Civil War ends after 10,920 killed or injured
  • 1927 At 7:40 AM, Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris, aboard Spirit of St Louis (1st non-stop flight)
  • 1927 Saudi Arabia becomes independent of Great Britain in the Treaty of Jeddah
  • 1990 Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space

Source: onthisday.com

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