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, 24,832,800 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 ‘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

  • 1852
    Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin is published.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1985
    Canadian paraplegic athlete and humanitarian Rick Hansen begins his circumnavigation of the globe in a wheelchair in the name of spinal cord injury medical research.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1737
    Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, King of Thailand (d. 1809)
  • 1908
    Sir Michael Redgrave, English actor (d. 1985)
  • 1922
    Larry Elgart, American saxophonist and bandleader
  • 1929
    Germán Robles, Spanish actor
  • 1941
    Pat Corrales, American baseball player
  • 1954
    Mike Francesa, American sports talk show host
  • 1957
    Chris Wedge, American animator
  • 1959
    Steve McFadden, British actor
  • 1973
    Jane March, English actress
  • 1981
    Ian Murray, Scottish football player

Who died on March 20?

  • 1732
    Johann Ernst Hanxleden, German philologist (b. 1681)
  • 1780
    Sir Benjamin Truman – English brewer
  • 1947
    Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and filmdirector (b. 1884)
  • 1968
    Carl Theodor Dreyer, Danish film director (b. 1889)
  • 1992
    Georges Delerue, French film composer (b. 1925)
  • 2004
    Pierre Sévigny, Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1917)
  • 2007
    Gilbert E. Patterson, presiding bishop of COGIC (b. 1939)
  • 2008
    Shoban Babu, Indian actor (b. 1937)
  • 2010
    Liz Carpenter, American feminist writer (b. 1920)
  • 2010
    Stewart Udall, American politician, environmentalist (b. 1920)

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