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, 1,463,702,400 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 ‘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

  • 685
    The Battle of Dun Nechtain is fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated.
  • 1862
    U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law.
  • 1896
    The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier falls on the crowd below resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others.
  • 1902
    Cuba gains independence from the United States. Tomás Estrada Palma becomes the country’s first President.
  • 1927
    Treaty of Jedda: the United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, which later merge to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    World War II: Battle of Crete – German paratroops invade Crete.
  • 1983
    First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier.
  • 1985
    Radio Martí, part of the Voice of America service, begins broadcasting to Cuba.
  • 1989
    The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Who were born on May 20?

  • 1554
    Paolo Bellasio, Italian composer (d. 1594)
  • 1737
    William Petty Fitzmaurice, British statesman (d. 1805)
  • 1899
    Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (d. 1969)
  • 1917
    Bergur Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic politician (d. 2005)
  • 1924
    Zelmar Michelini, Uruguayan reporter and politician (d. 1976)
  • 1940
    Stan Mikita, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1959
    Bronson Pinchot, American actor
  • 1966
    Dan Abrams, American TV reporter
  • 1987
    Julian Wright, American basketball player
  • 1992
    Cate Campbell, Australian swimmer

Who died on May 20?

  • 1717
    John Trevor, British statesman (b. 1637)
  • 1722
    Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist (b. 1669)
  • 1732
    Thomas Boston, Scottish church leader (b. 1676)
  • 1909
    Ernest Hogan, American comedian and musician, one of the creators of ragtime (b. 1859)
  • 1917
    Philipp von Ferrary, Italian philatelist (b. 1850)
  • 1949
    Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens (b. 1891)
  • 1976
    Syd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1911)
  • 1989
    John Hicks, English economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1904)
  • 2001
    Renato Carosone, Italian musician (b. 1920)
  • 2009
    Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)

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