This Day in History: May 20

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Homestead National Monument of America

1862 – U.S. Homestead Act signed. On this day in 1862, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, which provided 160 acres of public land virtually free of charge to those who had lived on and cultivated the land for at least five years.

East Timor

2002 – East Timor officially became independent.

Cuba

1902 – Cuba gained its independence from the United States, which had taken control of the island in 1899 after defeating Spain in the Spanish-American War.

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