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Relatively important things that happened on May 20th


1774 Britain gives Qu‚bec, Labrador & territory north of the Ohio
1775 Citizens of Mecklenburg County, NC declare independence of Britain
1830 1st railroad timetable published in newspaper (Baltimore American)
1930 1st airplane catapulted from a dirigible, Charles Nicholson, pilot
1930 University of California dedicates $1,500 to research on prevention
           & cure of athlete's foot
1932 Earhart leaves Newfoundland 1st woman fly solo across Atlantic
1939 Pan Am begins transatlantic passenger & air mail service
           1st regular transatlantic airmail (NY to Marsseille France)
1940 Trailing 7-1 in the 9th to Pitts, Phils win 8-7
1941 Germany invades Crete
1952 Michael Balaban arrives on scene, world changes
1956 Atomic fusion (thermonuclear) bomb dropped from plane-Bikini Atoll
1959 Yanks sink to last place, 1st time since May 25, 1940
1960 Baseball game in Milwaukee postponed due to dense fog
1961 White mob attacks "Freedom Riders" in Montgomery, Alabama
1964 Buster Mathis defeats Joe Frazer to qualify for US Olympic team
1965 Pakistani airliner crashed at Cairo Egypt, killing 120
1967 BBC bans Beatle's "A Day in the Life" (drug references)
1970 100,000 march in NY supporting US policies in Vietnam
1970 2 die in a NYC subway accident
1970 The Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premiers in UK
1971 Pentagon reports blacks constitute 11% of US soldiers in SE Asia
1972 Indiana Pacers beat NY Nets in 5th ABA championship, 4 games to 2
1974 Soyuz 14 returns to Earth
1977 "Beatlemania" opens on Broadway
OK, enough already, this birthday stuff is getting mighty old, get me out of here NOW!