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  • On This Day: What happened on 20 May?

    On This Day: What happened on 20 May?

    Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 20 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


    2019 | The International System of Units (SI): The base units were redefined, and the International Prototype Kilogram became obsolete.

    2013 | An EF5 tornado struck the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, at least 24 people were killed, and injured 377 others.

    2012 | At least 27 people were killed and 50 others injured when a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck northern Italy.

    2002 | East Timor’s independence was recognized by Portugal, officially ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and three years of interim United Nations rule (Portugal itself was a former East Timor colonist until 1976)

    1989 | The Chinese authorities declared martial law in the face of pro-democracy protests, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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    1927 | American football player, and coach, Bud Grant.

    1956 | Norwegian-German author and critic, Ingvar Ambjørnsen.

    1991 | Turkish footballer, Emre Colak.

    1984 | American football player, Keith Grennan.

    1958 | American journalist and radio host, Ron Reagan.


    1956 | Hungarian swimmer and trainer, Zoltán Halmay, 75.

    2013 | Canadian ice hockey player, and manager, Billie Dawe, 89.

    2015 | American saxophonist, composer, and producer, Bob Belden, 59.

    2012 | Indian anthropologist and scholar, Leela Dube, 89

    2005 | French philosopher and academic, Paul Ricſur, 92.


    1962 | Bobby Moore made his first England appearance and Jimmy Greaves scored a hat-trick in England’s 4-0 friendly victory in Peru.


    2016 | “The Nice Guys” was released in U.S. theaters) on this day. It was directed by an American filmmaker Shane Black.


    The Erta Ale Volcano in Ethiopia holds the record for the longest lava lake, dating back to 1906. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

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