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 - Cheers finale
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1993: The sitcom "Cheers" airs its series finale, "One for the Road," after 11 seasons. The triple-length finale was watched by an audience of approximately 42.4 million households, making it the second-highest-rated series finale of all time behind the series finale of "M*A*S*H." From its fourth season on, the show finished in the top 10 in the ratings, peaking at No. 1 during its ninth season in 1990-91. It was also nominated for Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series for all 11 of its seasons and earned 28 Emmys from a then-record 117 nominations.


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