What are the important events that happened on May 20? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 20: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 20 is the 141st day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 225 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 7, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,395,040 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 ‘hectatetracontahenagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 253 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 1,246 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 20 Historical Events

  • 1497
    John Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship Ship looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date).
  • 1813
    Napoleon Bonaparte leads his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen in Saxony, Germany, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia. The battle ends the next day with a French victory.
  • 1873
    Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
  • 1875
    Signing of the Metre Convention by 17 nations leading to the establishment of the International System of Units.
  • 1882
    The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy is formed.
  • 1883
    Krakatoa begins to erupt. The volcano’s final and most notable explosion occurs on August 26.
  • 1884
    Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo becomes the king of the Zulu Nation.
  • 1916
    The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (Boy with Baby Carriage).
  • 1932
    Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.
  • 1948
    Chiang Kai-shek elected to be the first President of the Republic of China.

Who were born on May 20?

  • 1860
    Eduard Buchner, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1917)
  • 1914
    Corneliu Coposu, Romanian politician (d. 1995)
  • 1920
    Betty Driver MBE, English singer and actress (d. 2011)
  • 1931
    Ken Boyer, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • 1950
    Reinaldo Merlo, Argentine footballer
  • 1957
    Yoshihiko Noda, Prime Minister of Japan
  • 1968
    Waisale Serevi, Fijian rugby union and rugby sevens footballer
  • 1971
    Tony Stewart, American race car driver
  • 1975
    Mark Zupan, American wheelchair rugby player and actor
  • 1986
    Dexter Blackstock, English footballer

Who died on May 20?

  • 1285
    John II of Jerusalem, King of Cyprus (b. 1259)
  • 1648
    King Wladislaus IV of Poland (b. 1595)
  • 1782
    William Emerson, British mathematician (b. 1701)
  • 1880
    Ana Néri, Brazilian nurse (b. 1814)
  • 1947
    Georgios Siantos, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (b. 1890)
  • 1992
    Roger Keith Coleman, American convict (b. 1958)
  • 2000
    Jean-Pierre Rampal, French flutist (b. 1922)
  • 2001
    Renato Carosone, Italian musician (b. 1920)
  • 2009
    Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (b. 1980)
  • 2011
    Randy Savage, American Pro-Wrestler (b. 1952)

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