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

  • 1600
    The Linköping Bloodbath takes place on Maundy Thursday in Linköping, Sweden.
  • 1602
    The Dutch East India Company is established.
  • 1760
    The “Great Fire” of Boston, Massachusetts, destroys 349 buildings.
  • 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.
  • 1916
    Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2006
    Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country’s banana crop.

Who were born on March 20?

  • 1725
    Abdul Hamid I, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1789)
  • 1770
    Friedrich Hölderlin, German writer (d. 1843)
  • 1876
    Payne Whitney, American businessman (d. 1927)
  • 1918
    Donald Featherstone, British writer and wargamer
  • 1922
    Ray Goulding, American comedian (d. 1990)
  • 1971
    Touré, American writer
  • 1974
    Andrzej Pilipiuk, Polish writer
  • 1979
    Molly Jenson, American musician
  • 1984
    Marcus Vick, American football player
  • 1985
    Yoan Merlo, French e-sport gamer

Who died on March 20?

  • 1239
    Hermann von Salza, Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (b. c. 1179)
  • 1780
    Sir Benjamin Truman – English brewer
  • 1835
    Louis Léopold Robert, French painter (b. 1794)
  • 1865
    Keisuke Yamanami, Japanese samurai (b. 1833)
  • 1933
    Giuseppe Zangara, attempted assassin of Franklin Roosevelt (b. 1900)
  • 1958
    Adegoke Adelabu, Nigerian politician (b. 1915)
  • 1964
    Brendan Behan, Irish playwright and author (b. 1923)
  • 1981
    Gerry Bertier, American wheelchair Olympian (b. 1953)
  • 2004
    Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (b. 1909)
  • 2008
    Brian Wilde, English actor (b. 1921)

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