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Calendar for May 20th, 2014

320s

  • 325: First Council of Nicaea (which standardized how to calculate the date of Easter) likely convened

  • 1500s

  • Died 1506: Christopher Columbus (explorer)

  • 1750s

  • Born 1759: William Thornton (architect)

  • 1760s

  • Born 1768: Dolley Madison (U.S. First Lady)

  • 1810s

  • Born 1818: William Fargo (businessman)

  • 1830s

  • 1830: D. Hyde patented the fountain pen

  • 1860s

  • 1862: Homestead Act signed

  • 1890s

  • Born 1890: Allan Nevins (historian)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1908: Jimmy Stewart (actor)

  • 1910s

  • 1916: The Saturday Evening Post published its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting

  • 1930s

  • 1930: First airplane catapulted from a dirigible

  • Died 1939: Joseph Carr (president of NFL)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1944: Joe Cocker (musician)

  • Born 1946: Cher (singer & actress)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1971: Tony Stewart (race car driver)

  • 1980s

  • Died 1989: Gilda Radner (actress)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Stephen Jay Gould (paleontologist & author)

  • 2009: Rare Madagascar teal duck born, Louisville Zoo, Kentucky

  • 2010s

  • 2012: Annular eclipse of the Sun

  • Died 2012: Robin Gibb (musician; member of the Bee Gees)

  • 2014: Up to 20 million honeybees escaped from a tractor-trailer after it overturned on a highway in Newark, Deleware


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