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 - Krakatoa
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1883: The Indonesian volcanic island of Krakatoa begins to erupt. The volcano would continue to release huge plumes of steam and ash until late August, when it exploded in a series of four massive eruptions, killing more than 36,000 people and destroying two-thirds of Krakatoa island.


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