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Once Upon A Time – May 20 – 1873 – Levi Strauss And Jacob Davis Patent First Blue Jeans With Copper Rivets

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 in the 1st solo nonstop transatlantic flight

1927 Treaty of Jeddah is signed between the United Kingdom and Ibn Saud recognizing the independence of the Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd, the forerunner of Saudi Arabia

1990 Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space

Historical Events Today Events in 2023

Today in Film & TV

1891 1st public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope to members of the National Federation of Women’s Club

Today in Music

1983 “Every Breath You Take” single released by The Police (Billboard Song of the Year, 1983)

Today in Sport

1900 Second modern Summer Olympics (Games of the II Olympiad) opens in Paris and continues for 5 months

Other Facts…

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

1896 The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier opera house in Paris falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others

Famous Weddings

491 New Byzantine Emperor Anastasius I Dicorus marries Ariadne, widow of previous Emperor Zeno and daughter of Leo I

1756 Prime Minister of Great Britain Frederick North (24) weds heiress Anne Speke

1968 “The Who” guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend (23) weds Karen Astley in England

This was a day to remember for Eliza Doolittle, the ‘My Fair Lady’ of the stage and film musical that won and broke hearts – May 20, 1956

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