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This Day in History for May 20

1775 – Citizens of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina declare independence from Britain.

1830 – D. Hyde patents fountain pen.

1861 – North Carolina becomes 11th and last state to secede from the Union.

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

1892 – George Sampson patents clothes dryer.

1916 – Codell, Kansas hit by tornado (also on same date in 1917 & 1918)

1916 – Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting.

1927 – At 7:40 AM, Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris, aboard Spirit of St. Louis (1st non-stop flight)

1932 – Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland on her journey to become the 1st woman to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic.

1939 – “3 Little Fishes” by Kay Kiser swam to #1.

1959 – Ford wins battle with Chrysler to call its new car “Falcon”

1969 – US troops capture Hill 937/Hamburger Hill in Vietnam.

1978 – US launches Pioneer Venus 1; produces 1st global radar map of Venus.

1980 – 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls, NY) are evacuated.

1985 – Dow Jones industrial averages closes above 1300 for 1st time.

1985 – FBI arrests John A. Walker, Jr., convicted of spying for USSR.

1990 – Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photographs from space.

1997 – US President Clinton signs an executive order barring new US investment in Burma (also known as Myanmar), effective May 21 and renewable annually.

2013 – Yahoo purchases Tumbler for $1.1 Billion.

2017 – US President Donald Trump begins his 1st foreign trip arriving in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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