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 79th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 286 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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

When this day started, 413,880 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 ‘heptacontaenneagon’ 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 336 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 1,550 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.
  • 1883
    The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property is signed.
  • 1942
    World War II: General Douglas MacArthur, at Terowie, South Australia, makes his famous speech regarding the fall of the Philippines, in which he says: “I came out of Bataan and I shall return”.
  • 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.
  • 1993
    An IRA bomb explodes, killing two children in Warrington, Northwest England.
  • 1999
    Legoland California, the only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
  • 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.
  • 2006
    Over 150 Chadian soldiers are killed in eastern Chad by members of the rebel UFDC. The rebel movement sought to overthrow Chadian president Idriss Deby.

Who were born on March 20?

  • 1890
    Lauritz Melchior, Danish tenor (d. 1973)
  • 1922
    Larry Elgart, American saxophonist and bandleader
  • 1924
    Jozef Kroner, Slovak actor (d. 1998)
  • 1925
    John Ehrlichman, American political figure (d. 1999)
  • 1934
    Willie Brown, American politician
  • 1961
    Jesper Olsen, Danish footballer
  • 1971
    Manny Alexander, Dominican baseball player
  • 1972
    Alexander Kapranos, Greek-British musician (Franz Ferdinand)
  • 1981
    Ian Murray, Scottish football player
  • 1987
    Pedro Ken, Brazilian footballer

Who died on March 20?

  • 1413
    King Henry IV of England (b. 1367)
  • 1968
    Carl Theodor Dreyer, Danish film director (b. 1889)
  • 1981
    Gerry Bertier, American wheelchair Olympian (b. 1953)
  • 1993
    Polykarp Kusch, German-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1911)
  • 1998
    George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician (b. 1956)
  • 2003
    Sailor Art Thomas, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2005
    Armand Lohikoski, Finnish film director (b. 1912)
  • 2008
    Brian Wilde, English actor (b. 1921)
  • 2010
    Girija Prasad Koirala, Nepalese politician (b. 1925)
  • 2010
    Liz Carpenter, American feminist writer (b. 1920)

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