Britannica Reports This Day in History
On this day in 1520, explorer Ferdinand Magellan and three Spanish ships entered the strait later named for him, sailing between the mainland tip of South America and the island of Tierra del Fuego toward the Pacific Ocean.
More Events on this day:
1960: John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon debated for the fourth and final time before the 1960 U.S. presidential election.
1959: The Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opened in New York City.
1907: Franz Lehár's operetta The Merry Widow opened in New York City.
1805: A fleet of 33 ships (18 French and 15 Spanish) under Admiral Pierre-Charles-Jean-Baptiste-Silvestre de Villeneuve fought and was defeated by a British fleet of 27 ships under Admiral Horatio Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar (combat was waged west of Cape Trafalgar, Spain).
1797: One of the first frigates built for the U.S. Navy, the Constitution (byname Old Ironsides), was launched in Boston.