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May 20: Fun Facts about Today in History


Today in History


On May 20, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The Gregorian calendar’s 140th day is May 20th. After pro-democracy riots in Tiananmen Square, Chinese authorities proclaimed martial law; Cuba obtained independence from the United States; and Levi Strauss received his patent for blue jeans.

Taurus is the zodiac sign for May 20. Cher and Jimmy Stewart are two famous people that were born on May 20th. It’s National Millionaire Day today.

Event

(May 20, 1902)
After defeating Spain in the Spanish-American War in 1899, the United States took sovereignty of the island and granted Cuba freedom.

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(May 20, 1946)
Cher, an American singer and actress famous for her flamboyant manner, was born.

(May 20, 2002)
Portugal recognises East Timor's independence, putting an end to Indonesia's 23-year control and the UN's three-year interim administration (Portugal itself is the former coloniser of East Timor until 1976).

(May 20, 2015)
David Letterman, whose unorthodox humour and unique segments revolutionised American talk shows, has stood down as presenter of the Late Show with David Letterman.

(Died on May 20, 2019)
Niki Lauda, Austrian race car driver (b. 1949).

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Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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