This day in history

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

Today’s birthdays: Actor Anthony Zerbe is 77. Singer Joe Cocker is 69. Singer-actress Cher is 67. Actor-comedian Dave Thomas is 64. Rock musician Jane Wiedlin is 55. Actor Bronson Pinchot is 54. Actor Tony Goldwyn is 53. Actor Timothy Olyphant is 45. Rapper Busta Rhymes is 41.

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, N.Y., aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his solo flight to France.


In 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

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In 1939, regular trans-Atlantic mail service began.

In 1961, a white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Ala., prompting the federal government to send in US marshals to restore order.

In 1969, US 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.