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, 405,120 hours 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.
  • 1760
    The “Great Fire” of Boston, Massachusetts, destroys 349 buildings.
  • 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.
  • 1922
    The USS Langley is commissioned as the first United States Navy aircraft carrier.
  • 1952
    The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with Japan.
  • 1964
    The precursor of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organization) is established per an agreement signed on June 14, 1962.
  • 1990
    Ferdinand Marcos’s widow, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering.
  • 2003
    2003 invasion of Iraq: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries begin military operations in Iraq.
  • 2005
    A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Fukuoka, Japan, its first major quake in over 100 years. One person is killed, hundreds are injured and evacuated.

Who were born on March 20?

  • 1469
    Princess Cecily of York (d. 1507)
  • 1502
    Pierino Belli, Italian soldier and jurist (d. 1575)
  • 1937
    Lois Lowry, American children’s author
  • 1952
    Geoff Brabham, Australian racing driver
  • 1957
    David Foster, Australian woodchopper
  • 1961
    Jesper Olsen, Danish footballer
  • 1974
    Andrzej Pilipiuk, Polish writer
  • 1982
    Terrence Duffin, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1986
    Dean Geyer, Australian singer and actor
  • 1987
    Patrick Boyle, Scottish footballer

Who died on March 20?

  • 1673
    Augustyn Kordecki, Polish prior (b. 1603)
  • 1730
    Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (b. 1692)
  • 1809
    Mary Bateman, English woman executed for witchcraft, known as the “Yorkshire Witch”
  • 1849
    James Justinian Morier, British diplomat and novelist (b. 1780)
  • 1878
    Julius Robert von Mayer, German physician and physicist (b. 1814)
  • 1916
    Ota Benga, Congolese pygmy (b. 1884)
  • 1970
    Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and song writer (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Hawa Yakubu, Ghanaian politician (b. 1948)
  • 2009
    Mel Brown, American/Canadian blues guitarist (b. 1939)
  • 2010
    Girija Prasad Koirala, Nepalese politician (b. 1925)

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