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

  • 1600
    The Linköping Bloodbath takes place on Maundy Thursday in Linköping, Sweden.
  • 1888
    The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta is staged in Moscow, Russia.
  • 1913
    Sung Chiao-jen, a founder of the Chinese Nationalist Party, is wounded in an assassination attempt and dies 2 days later.
  • 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.
  • 1987
    The Food and Drug Administration approves the anti-AIDS drug, AZT.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2006
    Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country’s banana crop.

Who were born on March 20?

  • 1929
    Germán Robles, Spanish actor
  • 1936
    Vaughn Meader, American comedian (d. 2004)
  • 1948
    John de Lancie, American actor
  • 1956
    Catherine Ashton, British politician
  • 1958
    Stephen Sommers, American film director
  • 1963
    Paul Annacone, American tennis player
  • 1969
    Caroline Brunet, Canadian kayaker
  • 1979
    Bianca Lawson, American actress
  • 1979
    Silvia Abascal, Spanish actress
  • 1986
    Julián Magallanes, Argentine footballer

Who died on March 20?

  • 1746
    Nicolas de Largillière, French painter (b. 1656)
  • 1835
    Louis Léopold Robert, French painter (b. 1794)
  • 1931
    Hermann Müller, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1876)
  • 1933
    Giuseppe Zangara, attempted assassin of Franklin Roosevelt (b. 1900)
  • 1958
    Adegoke Adelabu, Nigerian politician (b. 1915)
  • 1977
    Terukuni Manzō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 38th Yokozuna (b. 1919)
  • 1991
    Conor Clapton, son of Eric Clapton (b. 1986)
  • 2007
    Taha Yassin Ramadan, Iraqi politician (b. 1938)
  • 2008
    Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2010
    Girija Prasad Koirala, Nepalese politician (b. 1925)

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