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

  • 1883
    The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property is signed.
  • 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.
  • 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”.
  • 1964
    The precursor of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organization) is established per an agreement signed on June 14, 1962.
  • 1985
    Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
  • 1990
    Ferdinand Marcos’s widow, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering.
  • 1995
    A sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway kills 12 and wounds 1,300 persons.
  • 2003
    2003 invasion of Iraq: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries begin military operations in Iraq.
  • 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?

  • 1870
    Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, German general (d. 1964)
  • 1904
    B. F. Skinner, American psychologist (d. 1990)
  • 1959
    Steve McFadden, British actor
  • 1974
    Paula Garces, Colombian actress
  • 1979
    Bernard O'Connor, Gaelic Footballer
  • 1984
    Marcus Vick, American football player
  • 1984
    Winta, Norwegian musician
  • 1985
    Yoan Merlo, French e-sport gamer
  • 1987
    Pedro Ken, Brazilian footballer
  • 1989
    André Bernardes Santos, Portuguese footballer

Who died on March 20?

  • 1239
    Hermann von Salza, Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (b. c. 1179)
  • 1413
    King Henry IV of England (b. 1367)
  • 1746
    Nicolas de Largillière, French painter (b. 1656)
  • 1855
    Joseph Aspdin, English mason and inventor (b. 1788)
  • 1878
    Julius Robert von Mayer, German physician and physicist (b. 1814)
  • 1899
    Franz Ritter von Hauer, Austrian geologist (b. 1822)
  • 1968
    Carl Theodor Dreyer, Danish film director (b. 1889)
  • 1991
    Conor Clapton, son of Eric Clapton (b. 1986)
  • 1994
    Lewis Grizzard, American humorist (b. 1946)
  • 2004
    Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (b. 1909)

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