Today is Friday, May 20, the 140th day of 2022. There are 225 days left in the year.
On May 20, 1956, the United States detonated the first hydrogen hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homesteads Act, which aimed to encourage settlements west of the Mississippi River by making federal lands available for agriculture.
In 1916, the Saturday Evening Post published the first cover of Norman Rockwell; the illustration shows a frowning boy dressed in his Sunday best uniform, obediently pushing a baby carriage past a pair of boys in baseball uniforms.
In 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, aboard the Spirit of St.
In 1932, Amelia Earhart flew from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic on her own. (Due to weather and equipment problems, Earhart arrived in Northern Ireland, not France.)
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In 1948, Chiang Kai-shek was inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
In 1959, nearly 5,000 Americans of Japanese descent regained U.S. citizenship after they decided to renounce them during World War II.
In 1961 in Montgomery, Alabama, a white mob attacked a bus with Freedom Riders, forcing the federal government to send U.S. marshals to restore order.
In 1969, U.S. and South Vietnamese troops captured Mount Up Bio, which Americans call Hamburger Hill, after one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.
Radio Marty, run by the US government, began broadcasting in 1985; Cuba responded by trying to drown out its signal.
In 2009, as a result of a rare two-party defeat of President Barack Obama, the Senate overwhelmingly voted 90 to 6 to open Guantanamo Bay Prison for the foreseeable future and ban the transfer of prisoners to institutions in the United States.
In 2015, the world’s four largest banks – JPMorgan Chase, the banking division Citigroup Citicorp, Barclays and the Royal Bank of Scotland – agreed to pay more than $ 5 billion in fines and pleaded guilty to currency market fraud.
In 2020, President Donald Trump threatened to detain federal funds for two constituency states (Michigan and Nevada) that facilitated postal voting during the pandemic. Police issued tickets for seven people for hair haircut during a protest against the restrictions of Koronovirus near the Michigan Capitol, where about a dozen hairdressers and hairdressers were challenged to stay home to cut their haircuts.
Ten years ago: A two-day NATO summit hosted by President Barack Obama has opened in Chicago. Thousands of protesters marched through downtown Chicago, complaining about the war, climate change and a wide range of other complaints. Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, 60, the only person convicted of the 1988 Pan Am flight bombing in 1988, died in Tripoli, Libya. 62-year-old Robin Gibb, who along with his brothers Maurice and Barry defined the disco era as part of the Bee Gees, has died in London.
Five years ago: President Donald Trump has opened a five-stop overseas tour, his first since taking office, receiving a lavish royal reception in Saudi Arabia.
A year ago: Israel and Hamas have declared a ceasefire, ending a fierce 11-day war that has caused widespread destruction in the Gaza Strip and ended life in much of Israel. CNN said it was inappropriate for news anchor Chris Cuoma to engage in phone conversations with staff of his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuoma, when the governor decided how to respond to allegations of sexual harassment. (CNN will fire Chris Cuoma in December 2021 for his role in helping his older brother.)
Today’s birthdays: Actor-author James McIchin is 92 years old. Actor Anthony Zerbe – 86. Actor David Proval – 80. Singer-actor Cher – 76. Comedian Dave Thomas – 74. Rock musician Warren Kahn – 72. Senator Mike Krapo, Idaho, 71 years old. Former New York Governor David Peterson is 68 years old. Delaware Governor John Carney 66. Actor Dean Butler 66. TV presenter Ron Reagan 64 years old. Rock musician Jane Goadlin (The Go-Go’s) is 64 years old. Actor Bronson Pinchot is 63 years old. Singer Susan Cowzil is 63. Actor John Billingsley is 62. Actor Tony Goldwin is 62. Singer Nick Hayward is 61 years old. TV presenter Ted Allen – 57. Actor Mindy Cohn – 56. Rock musician Tom Gorman (Belly) 56. Actor Gina Rover 56. Actor Timothy Oliphant 54. Former car racer Tony Stewart is 51 years old. Rapper Bast Rhymes 50. Actor Day Wajda 49. Actor Matt Chukra – 45. Actor Angela Gothals – 45 years old. singer Natura Notan is 38 years old. Country singer John Pardi is 37.