20 May 2012

Timeline May 20 & 21

May 20
1497  John Cabot set sail from Bristol, England, on his ship  Matthew looking for a route to the west.
1506  Christopher Columbus died in poverty in Spain.
1927  Charles Lindbergh took off for Paris from Roosevelt Field, Long Island, NY, aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1932  Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland for Ireland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
1939  Regular trans-Atlantic air service began as a Pan American Airways plane took off from Port  Washington, NY bound for Europe.

May 21
1840  New Zealand was declared a British Colony.
1878  Glenn Curtiss American aviation pioneer was born.
1881  Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
1917  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is established through Royal Charter to mark, record and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of Commonwealth of Nations military forces.
1927  Charles A Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, France.

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