05/20/2024
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1867 – Congress first approves building of Lincoln Memorial.

1929 – President Herbert Hoover has the first telephone installed on the Oval Office desk inside the White House.

1932 – Jack Benny debuts on radio on Ed Sullivan’s New York interview program.

1940 – Boxer Joe Louis knocks out Johnny Paycheck in two rounds to retain the heavyweight title.

1943 – Meat, butter and cheese rationed in the United States during World War II.

1951 – 23rd Academy Awards: “All About Eve”, Judy Holiday and Jose Ferrer win.

1951 – American citizens Julius and Ethel Rosenburg are convicted and sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit espionage for the Soviet Union.

1959 – “Some Like It Hot”, a comedy film directed by Billy Wilder and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemon, premieres at the Lowe’s Capitol Theatre in New York City.

1961 – 23rd Amendment to the Constitution ratified, allowing Washington, D.C., residents to vote in presidential elections.

1962 – Jack Paar’s final appearance on the “The Tonight Show.”

1968 – Students seized a building at Bowie State College in Maryland.

1973 – Boston Celtics’ Dave Cowens wins National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player award.

1973 – United States troops leave Vietnam, nine years after the Tonkin Resolution.

1978- Variety TV show “The Carol Burnett Show” last aired on CBS having won 25 Emmy Awards.

1985 – Wayne Gretzky breaks his own National Hockey League season record with his 126th assist.

1996 – Cleveland Browns choose new name for their relocated team – Baltimore Ravens.

2005 – “We Belong Together” single is released by Mariah Carey (Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for 2006 and Billboard Song of the Year for 2005.)

2014 – First same-sex couples marry in the United Kingdom as a result of the passing of The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

2020 – Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci warns America may see between 100,000-200,000 deaths from COVID-19.

2022 – President Joe Biden signs the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act into law, making lynching a federal hate crime after over 200 attempts to pass similar legislation since 1900.

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