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

March 20: Facts & Myths About This Day

March 20 is the 80th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 286 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 7, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,307,200 minutes 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 ‘octacontagon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 314 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 1,185 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 20 Historical Events

  • 235
    Maximinus Thrax is proclaimed emperor. He is the first foreigner to hold the Roman throne.
  • 1602
    The Dutch East India Company is established.
  • 1861
    An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina.
  • 1883
    The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property is signed.
  • 1913
    Sung Chiao-jen, a founder of the Chinese Nationalist Party, is wounded in an assassination attempt and dies 2 days later.
  • 1923
    The Arts Club of Chicago hosts the opening of Pablo Picasso’s first United States showing, entitled Original Drawings by Pablo Picasso, becoming an early proponent of modern art in the United States.
  • 1933
    Giuseppe Zangara is executed in Florida’s electric chair for fatally shooting Anton Cermak in an assassination attempt against President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1974
    Ian Ball attempts, but fails, to kidnap Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips in The Mall, outside Buckingham Palace, London.
  • 1987
    The Food and Drug Administration approves the anti-AIDS drug, AZT.
  • 1993
    An IRA bomb explodes, killing two children in Warrington, Northwest England.

Who were born on March 20?

  • 1823
    Ned Buntline, American publisher (d. 1886)
  • 1856
    Sir John Lavery, Irish artist (d. 1941)
  • 1895
    Fredric Wertham, German-born psychologist (d. 1981)
  • 1928
    Fred Rogers, American TV host (d. 2003)
  • 1940
    Stathis Chaitas, Greek fooballer
  • 1945
    Henry Bartholomay, American fighter pilot
  • 1954
    Louis Sachar, American author
  • 1957
    Theresa Russell, American actress
  • 1969
    Jean Labonté, Canadian sledge hockey player
  • 1984
    Christy Carlson Romano, American actress

Who died on March 20?

  • 1793
    William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, Scottish judge and politician (b. 1705)
  • 1874
    Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer (b. 1810)
  • 1897
    Apollon Maykov, Russian poet (b. 1821)
  • 1931
    Hermann Müller, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1876)
  • 1934
    Queen Emma of the Netherlands (b. 1858)
  • 1981
    Gerry Bertier, American wheelchair Olympian (b. 1953)
  • 1990
    Lev Yashin, Soviet footballer (b. 1929)
  • 2005
    Armand Lohikoski, Finnish film director (b. 1912)
  • 2007
    Gilbert E. Patterson, presiding bishop of COGIC (b. 1939)
  • 2010
    Harry Carpenter, English television sports commentator (b. 1925)

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