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1498 : Vasco da Gama arrived in India

On May 20, 1498, the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrived in India after passing Africa. He had left Lisbon with four ships on July 8, 1497.

1927 : Take off of the Spirit of St. Louis

On May 20, 1927 Charles Lindbergh took off his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, from Roosevelt airfield in Long Island, NY, for the first Atlantic crossing by plane. He arrived in Paris 33 hours later.

1932 : Amelia Earhart crosses the Atlantic

On May 20, 1932, aviator Amelia Earhart took off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland with her Lockheed Vega 5b and landed nearly 15 hours later in Northern Ireland. She was the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo and nonstop.

1956 : H Bomb Test

On 20 May 1956, the first hydrogen bomb, thermonuclear fusion bomb, is tested by the Americans on Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific.

1965 : A Pakistan plane crashed in Cairo

A Boeing 707 from Pakistan crashed during a night landing at Cairo airport killing 124 people.
The night landing in this airport was known to be difficult because of poor lighting, poor landing strips conditions and steepness of some of the landing strips.

1969 : End of the battle for Hamburger Hill

On May 20, 1969, after 10 days of attacks, Hill 937 is taken to the North Vietnamese by American forces and South Vietnamese. In the U.S. forces alone, 100 soldiers were killed and 400 injured, (70% of the soldiers). Hill 937 was renamed Hamburger Hill. This attack was one example of the absurdity of some U.S. Army operations in Vietnam. On May 28, the hill was abandoned and taken back immediately by the North Vietnamese. This event caused a huge outrage in the U.S. about the unnecessary loss of lives.

Novità del giorno : 20 Maggio

National Day in Cameroon
May 20 is National Day in Cameroon. It is a commemoration of the country's unity, voted on May 20, 1972 and which ended the federal system.
Independence Day in East Timor
May 20 is Independence Day in East Timor, which commemorates the independence against Indonesia, acquired in 2002.
National Day of Hatred in Cambodia
May 20 is the Day of Remembrance for victims of Pol Pot in Cambodia, which commemorates the victims of atrocities by the Khmer Rouge regime between their takeover in 1975 and the intervention of Vietnamese forces in late 1978. Between 1.5 million and 2.7 million people were killed during this period. Control of the territory was not complete until the early 90's, after a peace agreement. Indeed, in the 80's, the Khmer Rouge, helped by the U.S., England and Thailand continually attacked the population in areas they did not control.

Citazione del giorno : 20 Maggio

Amelia Earhart, aviatrice américaine
Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.

Compleanni : 20 Maggio

Honoré de Balzac, Scrittore francese (1799)
William Fargo, Expressman americano, co-fondatore di Wells Fargo & Company e American Express Company (1818)
Hector Malot, Scrittore francese (1830)
Eduard Buchner, Chimico tedesco, Premio Nobel (1860)
James Stewart, Attore americano (1908)
Moshe Dayan, Leader militare e politico Israele (1915)
José Mujica, Presidente dell'Uruguay (1935)
Anthony Zerbe, Attore americano (1936)
Joe Cocker, Musicista inglese (1944)
Cher, Cantante americana (1946)
Robert Van de Walle, Judoka belga (1954)
Tony Goldwyn, Attore americano (1960)
Elsa Lunghini, Attrice e cantante francese (1973)
Leo Franco, Calciatore argentino (1977)
Iker Casillas, Calciatore spagnolo (1981)
Cate Campbell, Nuotatore australiana (1992)

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Stephen Jay Gould, Paleontologo americano (2002)
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