TODAY IN HISTORY
On May 20, 1506, explorer Christopher Columbus died in Spain.
In 1873, Levi Strauss and tailor Jacob Davis received a U.S. patent for riveted men’s work pants.
In 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France.
In 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
In 1948, Chiang Kai-shek was inaugurated as the first president of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
In 1956, the United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
In 1995, President Bill Clinton announced that the two-block stretch in front of the White House would be permanently closed to motor vehicles.