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, 24,307,200 minutes 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.
  • 1602
    The Dutch East India Company is established.
  • 1616
    Sir Walter Raleigh is freed from the Tower of London after 13 years of imprisonment.
  • 1815
    After escaping from Elba, Napoleon enters Paris with a regular army of 140,000 and a volunteer force of around 200,000, beginning his “Hundred Days” rule.
  • 1916
    Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity.
  • 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.
  • 1952
    The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with Japan.
  • 1956
    Tunisia gains independence from France.
  • 1987
    The Food and Drug Administration approves the anti-AIDS drug, AZT.
  • 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?

  • 43 BC
    Ovid, Roman poet (d. 17 AD)
  • 1828
    Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian writer (d. 1906)
  • 1906
    Abraham Beame, American politician (d. 2001)
  • 1914
    Wendell Corey, American actor (d. 1968)
  • 1924
    Jozef Kroner, Slovak actor (d. 1998)
  • 1937
    Lois Lowry, American children’s author
  • 1948
    John de Lancie, American actor
  • 1960
    Norbert Pohlmann, German computer scientist
  • 1979
    Bernard O'Connor, Gaelic Footballer
  • 1984
    Winta, Norwegian musician

Who died on March 20?

  • 1874
    Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer (b. 1810)
  • 1931
    Hermann Müller, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1876)
  • 1934
    Queen Emma of the Netherlands (b. 1858)
  • 1964
    Brendan Behan, Irish playwright and author (b. 1923)
  • 1969
    Henri Longchambon, French politician (b. 1896)
  • 1974
    Chet Huntley, American television journalist (b. 1911)
  • 1990
    Lev Yashin, Soviet footballer (b. 1929)
  • 1993
    Polykarp Kusch, German-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1911)
  • 2003
    Sailor Art Thomas, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2010
    Liz Carpenter, American feminist writer (b. 1920)

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