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, 1,458,432,000 seconds 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

  • 1760
    The “Great Fire” of Boston, Massachusetts, destroys 349 buildings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1951
    Fujiyoshida, a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, in the center of the Japanese main island of Honshū is founded.
  • 1952
    The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with Japan.
  • 1980
    The Radio Caroline ship, Mi Amigo founders in a gale off the English coast.
  • 1999
    Legoland California, the only Legoland outside of Europe, opens in Carlsbad, California.
  • 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?

  • 1725
    Abdul Hamid I, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1789)
  • 1840
    Illarion Pryanishnikov, Russian painter (d. 1894)
  • 1918
    Donald Featherstone, British writer and wargamer
  • 1931
    Hal Linden, American actor
  • 1954
    Liana Kanelli, Greek journalist and politician
  • 1954
    Louis Sachar, American author
  • 1971
    Ingrid Kavelaars, Canadian actress
  • 1971
    Touré, American writer
  • 1976
    Chester Bennington, American musician (Linkin Park)
  • 1987
    Kangana Ranaut, Indian actress

Who died on March 20?

  • 1413
    King Henry IV of England (b. 1367)
  • 1673
    Augustyn Kordecki, Polish prior (b. 1603)
  • 1732
    Johann Ernst Hanxleden, German philologist (b. 1681)
  • 1874
    Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish composer (b. 1810)
  • 1931
    Hermann Müller, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1876)
  • 1970
    Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and song writer (b. 1920)
  • 1997
    Tony Zale, American boxer (b. 1913)
  • 1997
    V. S. Pritchett, British writer and critic (b. 1900)
  • 2004
    Pierre Sévigny, Canadian military officer and politician (b. 1917)
  • 2007
    Hawa Yakubu, Ghanaian politician (b. 1948)

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