On This Day, May 20, 1916 – Norman Rockwell arrives on Saturday Evening Post

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1916 – Norman Rockwell’s first cover on “The Saturday Evening Post” appeared.

Rockwell was thrilled to see his first Saturday Evening Post cover on May 20, 1916. “Two million subscribers and then their wives, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, friends. Wow!” he said when the possibility of a Post cover arose. He accomplished this coveted feat at the age of twenty-two.

1506 – In Spain, Christopher Columbus died in poverty.

1520 – Hernando Cortez defeated Spanish troops that had been sent to punish him in Mexico.

1674 – John Sobieski became Poland’s first King.

1774 – Britain’s Parliament passed the Coercive Acts to punish the American colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior

1830 – The fountain pen was patented by H.D. Hyde.

1861NortCarolina became the eleventh state to secede from the Union.

1874 – Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets.

1875 – The International Bureau of Weights and Measures was established.

1899 – Jacob German of New York City became the first driver to be arrested for speeding. The posted speed limit was 12 miles per hour.

1927 – Charles Lindbergh took off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris aboard his airplane the “Spirit of St. Louis.” The trip took 33 1/2 hours.

1932 – Amelia Earhart took off to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She became the first woman to achieve the feat.

1961 – A white mob attacked the Freedom Riders in Montgomery, AL. The event prompted the federal government to send U.S. marshals.

1969U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured Apbia Mountain, which was referred to as Hamburger Hill.

1982 – TV’s “Barney Miller” was seen for the last time on ABC-TV.

1990 – The Hubble Space Telescope sent back its first photographs.

1993 – The final episode of “Cheers” was aired on NBC-TV.

1996 – TheU.S.Supreme Court struck down a Colorado measure banning laws that would protect homosexuals from discrimination.

Sources: On-This-Day.com; Saturdayeveningpost.com