Historical Events In May - 20
Thursday, 19 September 2019
1879 5th Kentucky Derby: Charlie Shauer aboard Lord Murphy wins in 2:37 on this day in history.
1880 Eugene LFC prince the Ligne, Belgian prince of Ambise, dies at 76 on May - 20.
1881 On May - 20 wladyslaw Sikorski, premier Poland (WW II general)
1882 On May - 20 st Gotthard-railroad tunnel between Switzerland & Italy opens
1882 On May - 20 germany/Austria-Hungary/France sign Triple Alliance
1882 On this day in history sigrid Undset, Norway, novelist (Kristin Lavransdatter, Nobel 1928)
1883 Paul Arntzenius, painter/graphic artist/etcher on May - 20.
1883 On May - 20 william Chambers, author/publisher, dies
1889 On this day in history felix Arndt, composer
1890 On this day in history beniamino Gigli, Italy, tenor (Enzo-La Gioconde)
1891 On May - 20 history of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope.
1892 George Sampson patents clothes dryer on this day in history.
1892 On May - 20 triple Alliance between Germany, Italy & Austria-Hungary forms
1894 Adela Rogers St John, journalist/author (Foreign Correspondent) on May - 20.
1895 The first commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC) on May - 20.
1895 On this day in history 1st commercial movie performance (153 Broadway, NYC)
1895 On this day in history reginald J "R" Mitchell, English aviation manufacturer (Spitfire)
1896 The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier falls on the crowd resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others on May - 20.
1896 On this day in history clara Josephine Wieck Schumann, composer/pianist, dies at 76
1899 On May - 20 estelle Taylor, Delaware, actress (8 Commandments)
1900 On this day in history 2nd modern Olympic games opens in Paris France (lasted 5 months)
1900 2nd modern Olympic games opens in Paris (lasted 5 months) on May - 20.
1900 On May - 20 gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffman, composer, dies at 80
1901 On this day in history max Euwe, Netherlands, world chess champion (1935-37)
1902 On this day in history cuba gains independence from Spain and establishes a republic
1902 On May - 20 uS military occupation of Cuba (since Jan 1, 1899) ends
1902 Cuba gains independence from Spain on this day in history.
1902 On this day in history hans Sahl, writer
1903 On May - 20 jerzy Fitelberg, composer
1904 On this day in history russell Hardie, Buffalo NY, actor (Sequoia, In Old Kentucky)
1905 Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Sailing) on this day in history.
1908 The birth of James Stewart, American film actor on this day in history.
1908 On May - 20 jimmy Stewart, PA, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Wash, Wonderful Life)
1909 On this day in history edward Moss Hutchinson, educationalist