Today in History - May 20

325 - 1st Christian ecumenical council opens at Nicaea, Asia Minor



1217 - The Second Battle of Lincoln - Defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal



1310 - Shoes were made for both right & left feet

1498 - Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Calicut, India becoming the 1st European to reach India by sea



1501 - Joao da Nova Castell discovers Ascension Islands

1571 - Venice, Spain & Pope Pius form anti-Turkish Saint League

1639 - Dorchester Mass, forms 1st school funded by local taxes


1704 - Elias Neau forms school for slaves in NY


1775 - Citizens of Mecklenburg Country, North California declare independence from Britain

1825 - Charles X becomes King of France



1830 - 1st railroad timetable published in newspaper (Baltimore American)



1830 - D Hyde patents fountain pen



1835 - Otto is named the first modern king of Greece

1861 - Cornerstone for University of Washington laid in Seattle



1867 - British parliament rejects John Stuart Mills' proposals on Women's suffrage

1867 - Royal Albert Hall of Arts & Sciences foundation laid by Queen Victoria

1873 - Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent the first blue jeans with copper rivets



1875 - International Bureau of Weights & Measures forms by treaty

1891 - The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope to members of the National Federation of Women's Club



1892 - George Sampson patents clothes dryer



1900 - 2nd modern Olympic games opens in Paris (lasted 5 months)

1942 - US Navy 1st permitted black recruits to serve

1959 - Ford wins battle with Chrysler to call its new car "Falcon"



1967 - BBC bans the Beatles "A Day in the Life" because of drug references

1985 - Israel exchanges 1,100+ Arab prisoners for 3 Israeli soldiers

1990 - Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space

1992 - India launches its 1st satellite independently

2013 - Yahoo purchases Tumbler for $1.1 Billion




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