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Sunday, May 20th 2018

Today is the 140th day of 2018.  There are 225 days left in this year.

What Happened On This Day In History?

1861 North Carolina voted to secede from the Union.
1861 The capital of the Confederacy was moved from Montgomery, Ala., to Richmond, Va.
1902 The United States ended its occupation of Cuba.
1927 Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, N.Y., aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France.
1932 Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland for Ireland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
1939 Regular trans-Atlantic air service began as a Pan American Airways plane, the Yankee Clipper, took off from Port Washington, N.Y., bound for Europe.
1961 A white mob attacked a busload of "Freedom Riders" in Montgomery, Ala., prompting the federal government to send in United States marshals to restore order.
1969 U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured Apbia Mountain, referred to as Hamburger Hill by the Americans, following one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.
1970 Some 100,000 people demonstrated in New York's Wall Street district in support of U.S. policy in Vietnam and Cambodia.
1993 An estimated 93 million people tuned in for the final first-run episode of ''Cheers'' on NBC-TV.
1995 President Clinton announced that the two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House would be permanently closed to motor vehicles as a security measure.
1996 The Supreme Court struck down a Colorado measure banning laws that protect homosexuals from discrimination.

Died on this day

1506 Christopher Columbus died in poverty in Spain.
1989 Comedian Gilda Radner died in Los Angeles at age 42.
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