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May 20, 2013

Today in history

Today is Monday, May 20, the 140th day of 2013. There are 225 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On May 20, 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.

On this date:

In 1712, the original version of Alexander Pope’s satirical mock-heroic poem “The Rape of the Lock” was published anonymously in Lintot’s Miscellany.

In 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.

In 1902, the United States ended a three-year military presence in Cuba as the Republic of Cuba was established under its first elected president, Tomas Estrada Palma.

In 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.)

Today’s birthdays: Actor-author James McEachin is 83. Actor Anthony Zerbe is 77. 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 and musician Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go’s) are 55. Actor Bronson Pinchot and singer Susan Cowsill are 54. Actors John Billingsley and Tony Goldwyn are 53. Singer Nick Heyward is 52. TV personality Ted Allen is 48. Actresses Mindy Cohn and Gina Ravera, and musician Tom Gorman (Belly) are 47. Actor Timothy Olyphant is 45. Rapper Busta Rhymes is 41. Actress Daya Vaidya is 40. Rock musician Ryan Martinie is 38. Actors Matt Czuchry and Angela Goethals are 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).

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