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On this day: May 20

POSTED: 02:26 PM PDT May 17, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 19, 2013 

Vasco da Gama arrives in India, Christopher Columbus dies, Norman Rockwell makes his Saturday Evening Post cover debut, HIV is discovered, and "Cheers" airs its series finale, all on this day.

OTD May 20 - Christopher Columbus
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Library of Congress

1506: Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, whose four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean opened up the Americas to Europe, dies around the age of 54 in Valladolid, Spain. Despite the fame his journeys brought him, Columbus died in poverty.


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