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

  • 1600
    The Linköping Bloodbath takes place on Maundy Thursday in Linköping, Sweden.
  • 1861
    An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina.
  • 1913
    Sung Chiao-jen, a founder of the Chinese Nationalist Party, is wounded in an assassination attempt and dies 2 days later.
  • 1916
    Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity.
  • 1922
    The USS Langley is commissioned as the first United States Navy aircraft carrier.
  • 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.
  • 1964
    The precursor of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organization) is established per an agreement signed on June 14, 1962.
  • 1974
    Ian Ball attempts, but fails, to kidnap Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips in The Mall, outside Buckingham Palace, London.
  • 1980
    The Radio Caroline ship, Mi Amigo founders in a gale off the English coast.
  • 1985
    Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Who were born on March 20?

  • 1477
    Jerome Emser, German theologian (d. 1527)
  • 1800
    Braulio Carrillo Colina, Costa Rican Head of State (d. 1845)
  • 1856
    Sir John Lavery, Irish artist (d. 1941)
  • 1906
    Mickey Hirschl, Austrian wrestler (d. 1991)
  • 1916
    Pierre Messmer, French politician, Prime Minister (1972-1974) (d. 2007)
  • 1923
    Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author, journalist and political activist (d. 2006)
  • 1970
    Michele Jaffe, American novelist
  • 1984
    Fernando Torres, Spanish footballer
  • 1985
    Ronnie Brewer, American basketball player
  • 1991
    Mattia Destro, Italian footballer

Who died on March 20?

  • 1239
    Hermann von Salza, Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (b. c. 1179)
  • 1586
    Richard Maitland, Scottish statesman and historian (b. 1496)
  • 1746
    Nicolas de Largillière, French painter (b. 1656)
  • 1918
    Lewis A. Grant, American Civil War General (b. 1828)
  • 1925
    Lord George Nathaniel Curzon, British statesman, Viceroy of India (b. 1859)
  • 1947
    Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and filmdirector (b. 1884)
  • 1968
    Carl Theodor Dreyer, Danish film director (b. 1889)
  • 2004
    Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (b. 1909)
  • 2008
    Brian Wilde, English actor (b. 1921)
  • 2008
    Klaus Dinger, German musician (b. 1946)

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