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

  • 1208
    Michael IV Autoreianos is appointed Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.
  • 1848
    Revolutions of 1848 in the German states: King Ludwig I of Bavaria abdicates.
  • 1861
    An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1985
    Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
  • 1988
    Eritrean War of Independence: Having defeated the Nadew Command, the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front enters the town of Afabet, victoriously concluding the Battle of Afabet.
  • 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
    Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country’s banana crop.

Who were born on March 20?

  • 1725
    Abdul Hamid I, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1789)
  • 1770
    Friedrich Hölderlin, German writer (d. 1843)
  • 1911
    Alfonso García Robles, Mexican diplomat and Nobel laureate (d. 1991)
  • 1914
    Wendell Corey, American actor (d. 1968)
  • 1918
    Jack Barry, American TV host (d. 1984)
  • 1922
    Larry Elgart, American saxophonist and bandleader
  • 1954
    Mike Francesa, American sports talk show host
  • 1963
    Paul Annacone, American tennis player
  • 1969
    Caroline Brunet, Canadian kayaker
  • 1971
    Ingrid Kavelaars, Canadian actress

Who died on March 20?

  • 1390
    Alexios III, Emperor of Trebizond (b. 1338)
  • 1865
    Keisuke Yamanami, Japanese samurai (b. 1833)
  • 1890
    Alexander F. Mozhayskiy, Russian aviation pioneer (b. 1825)
  • 1918
    Lewis A. Grant, American Civil War General (b. 1828)
  • 1969
    Henri Longchambon, French politician (b. 1896)
  • 1992
    Georges Delerue, French film composer (b. 1925)
  • 1993
    Polykarp Kusch, German-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1911)
  • 2007
    Taha Yassin Ramadan, Iraqi politician (b. 1938)
  • 2008
    Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2009
    Mel Brown, American/Canadian blues guitarist (b. 1939)

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