May 20

This Day in History

1506

Death of Explorer Christopher Columbus

One of the great mariners of history, the Italian sailor, navigator and explorer extraordinaire Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in Genoa, Italy. He began his maritime career as a teenager, … (more...)

1498

Vasco da Gama reaches India

Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama becomes the first European to reach India by a sea route when he arrives at Calicut on the Malabar Coast. Da Gama sailed from Lisbon in July 1497, rounded the Cape of … (more...)

325

The First Council of Nicaea

On this day in 325, Roman Emperor Constantine I convened the First Council of Nicaea to resolve an early church crisis. Held in Nicaea, Bithynia, in present day Iznik, Turkey, the Council was the … (more...)