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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May 20 - The Day in History

May 20 : General Interest
1873: Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive patent for blue jeans

On this day in 1873, San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and Reno, Nevada, tailor Jacob Davis are given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, marking the birth of one of the world's most famous garments: blue jeans... read more


American Revolution
1778 : Battle of Barren Hill, Pennsylvania
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/battle-of-barren-hill-pennsylvania

Automotive
1995 : Street in front of the White House closed to traffic
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/street-in-front-of-the-white-house-closed-to-traffic

Civil War
1862 : Union Congress passes the Homestead Act
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/union-congress-passes-the-homestead-act

Cold War
1956 : United States drops hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/united-states-drops-hydrogen-bomb-over-bikini-atoll

Crime
2005 : Mary Kay Letourneau marries former victim
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/mary-kay-letourneau-marries-former-victim

Disaster
1965 : Plane crashes at Cairo airport
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/plane-crashes-at-cairo-airport

General Interest
1498 : Vasco da Gama reaches India
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/vasco-da-gama-reaches-india
1506 : Christopher Columbus dies
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/christopher-columbus-dies
1862 : The Homestead Act
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-homestead-act
1927 : Spirit of St. Louis departs
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ispirit-of-st-louisi-departs
1969 : Battle for Hamburger Hill ends
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/battle-for-hamburger-hill-ends
1996 : Supreme Court defends rights of homosexuals
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/supreme-court-defends-rights-of-homosexuals

Hollywood
2007 : The Simpsons airs 400th episode
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-simpsons-airs-400th-episode

Literary
1946 : W.H. Auden becomes a U.S. citizen
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/wh-auden-becomes-a-us-citizen

Music
1998 : Frank Sinatra is laid to rest
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/frank-sinatra-is-laid-to-rest

Old West
1873 : Levi Strauss patents copper-riveted jeans
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/levi-strauss-patents-copper-riveted-jeans

Presidential
1862 : Lincoln signs Homestead Act
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/lincoln-signs-homestead-act

Sports
1989 : Sunday Silence wins Preakness by a nose
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/sunday-silence-wins-preakness-by-a-nose

Vietnam War
1953 : French see "light at the end of the tunnel" in Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/french-see-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-in-vietnam
1969 : Kennedy criticizes the "Hamburger Hill" battle
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/kennedy-criticizes-the-hamburger-hill-battle

World War I
1915 : British renew attacks in Battle of Festubert
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/british-renew-attacks-in-battle-of-festubert

World War II
1940 : Germans break through to English Channel at Abbeville, France
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/germans-break-through-to-english-channel-at-abbeville-france


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