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THIS DAY IN HISTORY – 20TH MAY

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This Day in History is DUE’s daily dose of trivia for all the history buffs out there. So sit back and take a ride of all the fascinating things that happened today!

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people, and hence, every day has been a significant one in the foibles of history. Now, let’s take a tour of “This Day in History – 20th May”.

1498: Vasco da Gama reaches India

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On this day, the Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, arrived at present-day Kozhikode. He became the first European to discover the sea route to India. He set sail from Portugal in July 1497. 

Vasco Da Gama
Source – History.com

1806: The birth of John Stuart Mill

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John Stuart Mill renowned English philosopher, economist, and exponent of utilitarianism was born on this day at Pentonville, London. His father was a historian, economist, and philosopher. His notable works are On Liberty, On Utilitarianism and others. 

JS Mill
Source – Biography.com

1506: Death of Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer and navigator died on this day. He is often cited as the discoverer of America but it is debatable as per various proofs. Though he was the one who made it possible for the Western Hemisphere to be conquered. He died with the belief that he discovered a shorter route to India. 

Christopher Columbus
Source – Mint

1946: The birth of Cher

Cherilyn Sarkisian, Cher was born on this day. Her career began as a teenager. Cher has remained an acclaimed singer. She also picked up acting and has various awards including an academy award to her name.

Cher
Source – Vanity Fair

1902: Cuba gains independence

On this day, Cuba gained independence from the United States after the Platt Amendment. Though it came with certain conditions like the establishment of an American naval base in Cuba and its limited negotiation with foreign countries.  

Cuba
Source – Voltairenet.org

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