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|May 20th, 2008||Event||United States Senator Ted Kennedy is diagnosed with a brain tumor.|
|May 20th, 2008||Event||Ma Ying-jeou is sworn in as President of the Republic of China (Taiwan).|
|May 20th, 2002||Event||The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself was the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).|
|May 20th, 1996||Event||Gay rights: The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Romer v. Evans against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of gays and lesbians.|
|May 20th, 1995||Event||In a second referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a slight majority the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.|
|May 20th, 1990||Event||The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.|
|May 20th, 1989||Event||The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.|
|May 20th, 1985||Event||Radio Marti, part of the Voice of America service, begins broadcasting to Cuba.|
|May 20th, 1984||Event||The first line of the Miami Metrorail in Miami, Florida opens.|
|May 20th, 1983||Event||First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier and Robert Gallo individually.|
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