1663 ~ William Bradford the English printer was born on the 20th May 1663 (died 1752).
1726 ~ Francis Cotes the English painter was born on the 20th May 1726 (died 1770).
1759 ~ William Thornton the West Indian born architect was born on the 20th May 1759 (died 1828).
1799 ~ Honoré de Balzac the French novelist was born on the 20th May 1799 (died 1850).
1813 ~ Napoleon Bonaparte led his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen in Saxony, Germany on the 20th May 1813, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia. The battle ended the next day with a French victory.
1840 ~ York Minster was badly damaged by fire on the 20th May 1840.
1883 ~ Krakatoa began to erupt on the 20th May 1883, resulting in the volcano exploding 3 months later, killing more than 36,000 people.
1899 ~ The 1st Traffic ticket in the US was issued on the 20th May 1899, to New York City taxi driver Jacob German was arrested for speeding while driving 12 miles per hour on Lexington Street.
1920 ~ Betty Driver the English singer, actress and author was born on the 20th May 1920 (died 2011).
1927 ~ Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world’s first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on the 20th May 1927. He touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris the next day.
1944 ~ JOE COCKER the English singer-songwriter was born on the 20th May 1944.
1946 ~ CHER the American singer, actress, producer and director was born on the 20th May 1946. Cher became prominent in 1965 with her husband in their duo known as Sonny & Cher. Cher singing Gypsys, Tramps And Thieves (1971) YouTube video…
1953 ~ Robert Doyle the Australian politician was born on the 20th May 1953.
1955 ~ Anton Corbijn the Dutch photographer, music video director, and film director was born Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard in Strijen in the Netherlands on the 20th May 1955. Anton Corbijn was the creative visual director of Depeche Mode and U2 for almost 3 decades. Some of his works include music videos for Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence (1990), U2’s One (1991), Bryan Adams’ Do I Have to Say the Words? and Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box (1993) and others. Anton Corbijn’s official website: www.corbijn.co.uk
1970 ~ Louis Theroux the English broadcaster was born on the 20th May 1970.
2011 ~ “Macho Man” Randy Savage the American professional wrestler died on the 20th May 2011 (born 1952).
2013 ~ The MOORE TORNANDO hit MOORE, OKLAHOMA CiTY killing over 24 people, including 9 children, and injuring more than 240 others. The violent EF5 tornado with winds at 340 km/h (210 miles per hour) touched down at 2:45 p.m. CDT (19:45 UTC) west of Newcastle in Oklahoma and stayed on the ground for about 50 minutes over a 27 km (17 mile) path, and 2.1 km (1.3 miles) wide at its peak. This YouTube video s a recording of the local KFOR broadcast of the deadly Moore, Oklahoma tornado from its origination just outside of Newcastle to the final spinning rope nearly 40 minutes later near Lake Stanley Draper…
Today in History for May 20th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…
WORLD METROLOGY DAY is celebrated on the 20th May to celebrate the signature by representatives of 17 nations of the Metre Convention on the 20th May 1875. The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal application. The original aim of the Metre Convention was for the worldwide uniformity of measurement, which remains as important today as it was in 1875. See the official website: www.WorldMetrologyDay.org