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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

1995 : Street in front of the White House closed to traffic

Civil War
1862 : Union Congress passes the Homestead Act

Cold War
1956 : United States drops hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll

2005 : Mary Kay Letourneau marries former victim

1965 : Plane crashes at Cairo airport

General Interest
1498 : Vasco da Gama reaches India
1506 : Christopher Columbus dies
1862 : The Homestead Act
1927 : Spirit of St. Louis departs
1969 : Battle for Hamburger Hill ends
1996 : Supreme Court defends rights of homosexuals

2007 : The Simpsons airs 400th episode

1946 : W.H. Auden becomes a U.S. citizen

1998 : Frank Sinatra is laid to rest

Old West
1873 : Levi Strauss patents copper-riveted jeans

1862 : Lincoln signs Homestead Act

1989 : Sunday Silence wins Preakness by a nose

Vietnam War
1953 : French see "light at the end of the tunnel" in Vietnam
1969 : Kennedy criticizes the "Hamburger Hill" battle

World War I
1915 : British renew attacks in Battle of Festubert

World War II
1940 : Germans break through to English Channel at Abbeville, France


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