TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

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.

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