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

  • 1600
    The Linköping Bloodbath takes place on Maundy Thursday in Linköping, Sweden.
  • 1602
    The Dutch East India Company is established.
  • 1852
    Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin is published.
  • 1888
    The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta is staged in Moscow, Russia.
  • 1922
    The USS Langley is commissioned as the first United States Navy aircraft carrier.
  • 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.
  • 1956
    Tunisia gains independence from France.
  • 1964
    The precursor of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organization) is established per an agreement signed on June 14, 1962.
  • 2000
    Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former Black Panther once known as H. Rap Brown, is captured after murdering Georgia sheriff’s deputy Ricky Kinchen and critically wounding Deputy Aldranon English.
  • 2003
    2003 invasion of Iraq: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries begin military operations in Iraq.

Who were born on March 20?

  • 1882
    René Coty, French President (d. 1962)
  • 1903
    Edgar Buchanan, American actor (d. 1979)
  • 1918
    Jack Barry, American TV host (d. 1984)
  • 1941
    Kenji Kimihara, Japanese long-distance runner
  • 1957
    Vanessa Bell Calloway, American actress
  • 1968
    A. J. Jacobs, American journalist and author
  • 1971
    Manny Alexander, Dominican baseball player
  • 1971
    Touré, American writer
  • 1979
    Bernard O'Connor, Gaelic Footballer
  • 1982
    José Moreira, Portuguese footballer

Who died on March 20?

  • 687
    St. Cuthbert, patron saint of Northumbria (b. c. 634)
  • 1413
    King Henry IV of England (b. 1367)
  • 1568
    Duke Albert of Prussia (b. 1490)
  • 1746
    Nicolas de Largillière, French painter (b. 1656)
  • 1865
    Keisuke Yamanami, Japanese samurai (b. 1833)
  • 1899
    Franz Ritter von Hauer, Austrian geologist (b. 1822)
  • 1933
    Giuseppe Zangara, attempted assassin of Franklin Roosevelt (b. 1900)
  • 1934
    Queen Emma of the Netherlands (b. 1858)
  • 1947
    Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and filmdirector (b. 1884)
  • 1958
    Adegoke Adelabu, Nigerian politician (b. 1915)

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