What are the important events that happened on June 20? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

June 20: Facts & Myths About This Day

June 20 is the 171st day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 194 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 7, 2017 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,497,916,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaheptacontahenagon’ day.

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Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Pearl is the modern birthstone for this month. Moonstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 244 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,642 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 20: This Day In History

On leap years, this day usually marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere.

June 20 Historical Events

  • 1605
    After only three months as tsar, 16-year-old Feodor II of Russia is assassinated.
  • 1756
    A British garrison is imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta.
  • 1782
    The U.S. Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States.
  • 1787
    Oliver Ellsworth moves at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.
  • 1837
    Queen Victoria succeeds to the British throne.
  • 1895
    The Kiel Canal, crossing the base of the Jutland peninsula and the busiest artificial waterway in the world, is officially opened.
  • 1919
    150 die at the Teatro Yaguez fire, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
  • 1959
    A rare June hurricane strikes Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence killing 35.
  • 1972
    Watergate scandal: An 18½-minute gap appears in the tape recording of the conversations between U.S. President Richard Nixon and his advisers regarding the recent arrests of his operatives while breaking into the Watergate complex.
  • 1982
    The Argentine base (Corbeta Uruguay) on Southern Thule surrenders to Royal Marine commandos in the final action of the Falklands War.

Who were born on June 20?

  • 1469
    Gian Galeazzo Sforza, duke of Milan (d. 1494)
  • 1723
    Adam Ferguson, Scottish philosopher and historian (d. 1816)
  • 1861
    Frederick Gowland Hopkins, English biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (d. 1947)
  • 1921
    Byron Farwell, American military historian (d. 1999)
  • 1924
    Audie Murphy, American Medal of Honor recipient and actor (d. 1971)
  • 1924
    Fritz Koenig, German sculptor
  • 1940
    Eugen Drewermann, German theologian
  • 1945
    Anne Murray, Canadian singer
  • 1946
    Bob Vila, American television host
  • 1976
    Juliano Belletti, Brazilian footballer

Who died on June 20?

  • 451
    Theodorid, King of the Visigoths
  • 1787
    Carl Friedrich Abel, German composer (b. 1723)
  • 1837
    William IV of the United Kingdom (b. 1765)
  • 1906
    John Clayton Adams, British landscape artist (b. 1840)
  • 1945
    Bruno Frank, German author (b. 1878)
  • 1958
    Kurt Alder, German chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1965
    Bernard Baruch, American presidential advisor and financier (b. 1870)
  • 1984
    Estelle Winwood, English actress (b. 1883)
  • 1998
    Conrad Schumann, East German border guard (b. 1942)
  • 2011
    Ryan Dunn, American actor (b. 1977)

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