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This Day in History for May 20 – Shakespeare’s Sonnets Published and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1609 – Shakespeare’s sonnets are first published (More info)

1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a US patent for blue jeans with copper rivets (More info)

1932 – Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic (More info)

1956 – The first US airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean (More info)

1983 – The first publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS appear in the journal ‘Science’ (More info)

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