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

  • 1602
    The Dutch East India Company is established.
  • 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.
  • 1861
    An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina.
  • 1933
    Giuseppe Zangara is executed in Florida’s electric chair for fatally shooting Anton Cermak in an assassination attempt against President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 1985
    Canadian paraplegic athlete and humanitarian Rick Hansen begins his circumnavigation of the globe in a wheelchair in the name of spinal cord injury medical research.
  • 1993
    An IRA bomb explodes, killing two children in Warrington, Northwest England.
  • 1995
    A sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway kills 12 and wounds 1,300 persons.
  • 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?

  • 1943
    Paul Junger Witt, American TV producer
  • 1945
    Pat Riley, American basketball player and coach
  • 1957
    Theresa Russell, American actress
  • 1961
    Jesper Olsen, Danish footballer
  • 1966
    Alka Yagnik, Indian singer
  • 1982
    José Moreira, Portuguese footballer
  • 1987
    Kangana Ranaut, Indian actress
  • 1987
    Patrick Boyle, Scottish footballer
  • 1987
    Pedro Ken, Brazilian footballer
  • 1988
    Louie Vito, American snowboarder

Who died on March 20?

  • 687
    St. Cuthbert, patron saint of Northumbria (b. c. 634)
  • 1390
    Alexios III, Emperor of Trebizond (b. 1338)
  • 1619
    Mathias, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1557)
  • 1730
    Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (b. 1692)
  • 1809
    Mary Bateman, English woman executed for witchcraft, known as the “Yorkshire Witch”
  • 1849
    James Justinian Morier, British diplomat and novelist (b. 1780)
  • 1865
    Keisuke Yamanami, Japanese samurai (b. 1833)
  • 1958
    Adegoke Adelabu, Nigerian politician (b. 1915)
  • 2009
    Mel Brown, American/Canadian blues guitarist (b. 1939)
  • 2011
    Johnny Pearson, British Composer (b. 1925)

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