Fort Myers Florida Weekly


. On May 20, 1506,
the great Italian explorer Christopher Columbus dies in Valladolid, Spain. Columbus, and most others, greatly underestimated the world’s size. In 1492, Columbus sighted Cuba, which he thought was mainland China, and in December he landed on Hispaniola, which he thought might be Japan.

. On May 21, 1927,
American pilot Charles A. Lindbergh lands at Le Bourget Field in Paris, successfully completing the first solo, nonstop trans- Atlantic flight. The flight of the Spirit of St. Louis between New York and Paris took 33 ½ hours. Six men had died attempting the same flight.

. On May 22, 1958,
American singer Jerry Lee Lewis arrives in England as a newly married man, with his pretty young wife in tow. Within days, it was revealed that his new wife, Myra Gail Lewis, was actually only 13 years old and was his first cousin once removed.

. On May 23, 1934,
famed fugitives Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker are killed when police ambush their car near Sailes, La. They died in a twominute fusillade of 167 bullets. 

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