Historical Events for 20th May 2024

1882 – Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy sign the Triple Alliance
1910 – Funeral for Britain’s King Edward VII held in Westminster Abbey, has one of the largest assemblages of European royalty
1961 – 86th Preakness: Johnny Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 1:57.6
1961 – White mob attacks “Freedom Riders” in Montgomery, Alabama
1963 – Sukarno appointed president of Indonesia
1980 – Drummer Peter Criss quits rock band Kiss
1985 – US began broadcasts to Cuba on Radio Marti
1988 – Howard Stern fans disrupt rival radio station WMMR’s and DJ John DeBella’s “Louie Louie” parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1989 – Toonces The Cat takes the wheel on “Saturday Night Live”
2015 – 5 major world banks (JPMorgan, Barclays, Citigroup, RBS and UBS) fined US$5.7bn for manipulating currency markets – some of the largest ever fines

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