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1862 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, which was intended to encourage settlements west of the Mississippi River by making federal land available for farming.
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 to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. (Because of weather and equipment problems, Earhart set down in Northern Ireland instead of her intended destination, France.)
1939 Regular trans-Atlantic mail service began as a Pan American Airways plane, the Yankee Clipper, took off from Port Washington, N.Y., bound for Marseille, France.
1959 Nearly 5,000 Japanese-Americans had their U.S. citizenship restored after renouncing it during World War II.
1961 A white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, prompting the federal government to send in U.S. marshals to restore order.
1969 U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured Ap Bia 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.
In The Star
May 20, 1938, in The Star: The celebration of National Airmail Week will come to a close with the dedication of Anniston Airport on Sunday, May 22. The two-day celebration will open tomorrow with an exhibition of airplane models at 10 o¹clock at the airport administration building. The judges will be evaluating based on craftsmanship and design, not on whether the models might fly. A banquet will be held Saturday night at the Alabama Hotel, followed by a dance. Stunt flying, parachute jumps and ordinary passenger flights will be carried out Saturday and Sunday afternoons. “The fire department will provide a fire truck at the airport to be on hand in the event of a crack-up and fire,” the article concludes. [Coverage of preparations for this event include a dominant Page 1 photograph of local pilot Wallace Aderhold accepting a sack of mail the previous day to be flown from Anniston to Birmingham in the first-ever airmail flight from here. The significant detail of this photo: It¹s given the credit line of “— By Star Staff Photographer.” Although The Star has printed locally produced photos before, such as 4-H kids on Zinn Park hill, or various buildings, this could well be the first-ever news photo credited to a photographer on the staff of The Anniston Star.] Also this date: An editorial notes with annoyance that traffic signals at several intersections have been malfunctioning lately in that all three colored lights are lit at the same time on all sides of the signal. Traffic creeps to a halt as motorists try to figure out what¹s going on, but the writer worries that one day soon two motorists will keep going and have a collision.
May 20, 1988, in The Star: A discussion between Roanoke Mayor Spec Bonner and Councilman Tommy Fincher about the mayor's altercation with a garbage worker erupted into a brawl last night, leaving both men's faces bruised and Bonner's bloody. “I am deeply embarrassed that something like this could deteriorate into a situation that happened like this,” Bonner said, clutching a blood-soaked rag, which he had used to stop a gash on his forehead. Said Fincher this morning, “He challenged me. I answered the challenge. That's all I did. It shouldn't have happened. The time and place was wrong. I'm sorry it did happen.” Also this date: The Anniston Museum of Natural History has launched a major expansion which will include the ''Dynamic Earth'' exhibit hall as well as 1,800 square feet in needed new space. The proposed 1,250-square-foot exhibit, which Museum Director Chris Reich said should improve the facility's standing as a regional tourist attraction, is being funded through private, anonymous donations, most coming from Calhoun Countians. It is scheduled to open next spring.
Birthdays for May 20
Actor David Proval is 71. Singer Joe Cocker is 69. Singer-actress Cher is 67. Actor-comedian Dave Thomas is 64. Rock musician Warren Cann is 61. Former New York Gov. David Paterson is 59. Actor Dean Butler is 57. TV-radio personality Ron Reagan is 55. Rock musician Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go's) is 55. Actor Bronson Pinchot is 54. Singer Susan Cowsill is 54. Actor John Billingsley is 53. Actor Tony Goldwyn is 53. Singer Nick Heyward is 52. TV personality Ted Allen is 48. Actress Mindy Cohn is 47. Rock musician Tom Gorman (Belly) is 47. Actress Gina Ravera is 47. Actor Timothy Olyphant is 45. Rapper Busta Rhymes is 41. Actress Daya Vaidya is 40. Rock musician Ryan Martinie is 38. Actor Matt Czuchry is 36. Actress Angela Goethals is 36. Actress-singer Naturi Naughton is 29.
Thought for Today
“Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.”— Theodor W. Adorno, German philosopher (1903-1969).
River Monsters: Unhooked, 7 p.m. on Animal Planet: The cable channel's "Monster Week" is showcasing some real-life scary creatures, from giant squids and killer snakes to very hungry hippos. In this new installment of his series, extreme angler Jeremy Wade investigates reports of aquatic predators in Florida's Indian River Lagoon and Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks.
The Goodwin Games, 7:30 p.m. on Fox: This new comedy from the executive producers of How I Met Your Mother is about three estranged siblings who return home after the loss of their beloved father and unexpectedly find themselves poised to inherit more than $20 million — if, and only if, they can adhere to their late father's wishes.
Rules of Engagement, 7:30 p.m. on CBS: Talk about "when it rains, it pours." It's Adam and Jennifer's (Oliver Hudson, Bianca Kajlich) wedding day, but Jeff and Audrey (Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price) are a bit distracted; Brenda (Sara Rue) is in labor. Russell and Timmy (David Spade, Adhir Kalyan) attempt to reconcile. Audrey has a surprise for Jeff in the season finale, which is also the show's 100th episode.
American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, 8 p.m. on PBS: The comedy giant behind Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and other classics shares never-before-heard stories about his life and career in this program featuring new interviews with Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, Tracey Ullman and others.
Mike & Molly, 8:30 p.m. on CBS: After Mike's (Billy Gardell) mom (Rondi Reed) breaks up with his boss (Gerald McRaney), Mike and Carl (Reno Wilson) are assigned to work at the Renaissance Faire. With a tornado threatening the city, Mike tries to get home to share some big news with Molly (Melissa McCarthy), who has some of her own, in the season finale.
Hawaii Five-0, 9 p.m. on CBS: The season finale kicks off when an unlisted plane lands on Oahu with four bodies onboard and a missing terrorist detainee. The CIA tasks Five-0 with finding him before he carries out an attack on U.S. soil. Kono (Grace Park) is on the run from the police for a murder she did not commit, and McGarrett's (Alex O'Loughlin) prison visit to Wo Fat (Mark Dacascos) ends with a shocking discovery. A recent report said CBS is moving Hawaii 5-0 to Fridays next season, which doesn't bode well for our caring about it anymore. Thanks, CBS.
Bates Motel, 9 p.m. on A&E: The debut season of the Psycho prequel concludes with Norman (Freddie Highmore) taking Emma (Olivia Cooke) to the dance, while Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) decides that the time has finally come for him to act on his suspicions.
Revolution, 9:01 p.m. on NBC: Nora (Daniella Alonso) is tortured and left for dead by her captors. Monroe (David Lyons) learns about Rachel's (Elizabeth Mitchell) quest to reach the Tower. As he tries to understand why so many of his associates are being killed, Miles (Billy Burke) joins Charlie, Neville, Jason, Hudson and Sanborn (Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, JD Pardo, Malik Yoba, Leland Orser) on their mission to rescue Rachel in this new episode.
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