On this day: May 20

POSTED: 02:26 PM PDT May 17, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 19, 2016 

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 - Robin Gibb
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2012: English singer-songwriter and musician Robin Gibb, one of three brothers who made up the disco group the Bee Gees, dies at the age of 62 in London, England, from from liver and kidney failure brought on by colorectal cancer. While he was a originally a backup singer in the Bee Gees, he eventually took on more lead singing duties, including singing lead vocals on tracks such as "Massachusetts," "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" and "I Started a Joke" and shared lead vocals on songs such as "Lonely Days" and "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart."


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