05/20/2024
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1881 – “Greatest Show On Earth” formed by P.T. Barnum and James Anthony Bailey.

1920 – Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1920 affects the Great Lake region and Deep South states.

1922 – First microfilm device introduced.

1930 – First performance of Walter Piston’s orchestral suite in Boston.

1935 – Robert Goddard uses gyroscopes to control a rocket.

1946 – Cold War: The United States State Department releases the Acheson-Lilienthal Report, outlining a plan for the international control of nuclear power.

1953 – 7th Tony Awards: “The Crucible” (Outstanding Play) & “Wonderful Town” (Outstanding Musical) win.

1963 – American Football League’s New York Titans become the New York Jets.

1967 – United Nations Secretary General U Thant makes public proposals for peace in Vietnam.

1971 – Last original edition of “The Ed Sullivan Show” broadcasts on CBS TV.

1972 – Elvis Presley records his final Top Ten hit, a cover of “Burning Love”, written by Dennis Linde, and first recorded by Arthur Alexander.

1977 – 49th Academy Awards: “Rocky”, Peter Finch and Fay Dunaway win.

1982 – 12th Easter Seals Telethon raises $19.5 million.

1990 – Michael Jordan scored 69 points, the fourth time he scored 60 points or more in a game, in the Chicago Bulls’ 117-113 overtime win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

1999 – Nabisco Championship Women’s Golf, Mission Hills Country Club: 1992 champion Dottie Pepper wins the last of her two major titles, finishing 6 strokes ahead of runner-up Meg Mallon.

2009 -The first cases of H1N1 swine flu in the United States occur in two people in California.

2017 – President Donald Trump signs Energy Independence executive order undoing Obama climate-control measures.

2022 – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signs so called “Don’t Say Gay” bill limiting LGBTQ classroom instructions.

2023 – Vice President Kamala Harris visits former slave port Cape Coast Castle in Ghana as part of her tour of Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia.

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