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, 1,458,432,000 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 ‘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.
  • 1208
    Michael IV Autoreianos is appointed Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
  • 1883
    The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property is signed.
  • 1914
    In New Haven, Connecticut, the first international figure skating championship takes place.
  • 1948
    With a Musicians Union ban lifted, the first telecasts of classical music in the United States, under Eugene Ormandy and Arturo Toscanini, are given on CBS and NBC.
  • 1951
    Fujiyoshida, a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, in the center of the Japanese main island of Honshū is founded.
  • 1952
    The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with Japan.
  • 1990
    Ferdinand Marcos’s widow, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering.
  • 1995
    A sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway kills 12 and wounds 1,300 persons.
  • 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?

  • 1828
    Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian writer (d. 1906)
  • 1915
    Sviatoslav Richter, Soviet pianist (d. 1997)
  • 1923
    Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author, journalist and political activist (d. 2006)
  • 1957
    Chris Wedge, American animator
  • 1957
    David Foster, Australian woodchopper
  • 1971
    Ingrid Kavelaars, Canadian actress
  • 1984
    Valtteri Filppula, Finnish ice-hockey player
  • 1987
    Patrick Boyle, Scottish footballer
  • 1987
    Pedro Ken, Brazilian footballer
  • 1991
    Mattia Destro, Italian footballer

Who died on March 20?

  • 687
    St. Cuthbert, patron saint of Northumbria (b. c. 634)
  • 1239
    Hermann von Salza, Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (b. c. 1179)
  • 1586
    Richard Maitland, Scottish statesman and historian (b. 1496)
  • 1730
    Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (b. 1692)
  • 1849
    James Justinian Morier, British diplomat and novelist (b. 1780)
  • 1934
    Queen Emma of the Netherlands (b. 1858)
  • 1968
    Carl Theodor Dreyer, Danish film director (b. 1889)
  • 1977
    Terukuni Manzō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 38th Yokozuna (b. 1919)
  • 1997
    Tony Zale, American boxer (b. 1913)
  • 2010
    Stewart Udall, American politician, environmentalist (b. 1920)

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