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, 406,584 hours 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

  • 325
    The First Council of Nicea – the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church is held.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 1884
    Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo becomes the king of the Zulu Nation.
  • 1902
    Cuba gains independence from the United States. Tomás Estrada Palma becomes the country’s first President.
  • 1927
    At 07:52 Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world’s first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 22:22 the next day.
  • 1949
    In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
  • 1956
    In Operation Redwing (shot Cherokee), the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean;
  • 1980
    In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a 60% vote the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.

Who were born on May 20?

  • 1315
    Bonne of Luxembourg, wife of John II of France (d. 1349)
  • 1899
    John Marshall Harlan II, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1971)
  • 1920
    Betty Driver MBE, English singer and actress (d. 2011)
  • 1959
    Susan Cowsill, American musician
  • 1969
    Brian Gerard James (“Road Dogg” Jesse James), American professional wrestler
  • 1975
    Tahmoh Penikett, Canadian actor
  • 1976
    Tomoya Satozaki, Japanese baseball player
  • 1977
    Tiger Tyson, American pornographic actor
  • 1980
    Austin Kearns, American baseball player
  • 1983
    Roger Huerta, American mixed martial artist

Who died on May 20?

  • 1277
    Pope John XXI (b. 1215)
  • 1444
    Saint Bernardino of Siena, Italian Franciscan missionary (b. 1380)
  • 1677
    George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, British statesman (b. 1612)
  • 1713
    Thomas Sprat, English writer (b. 1635)
  • 1841
    Joseph Blanco White, British theologian (b. 1775)
  • 1909
    Ernest Hogan, American comedian and musician, one of the creators of ragtime (b. 1859)
  • 1917
    Valentine Fleming, Scottish politician (b. 1887)
  • 1956
    Max Beerbohm, English theatre critic (b. 1872)
  • 1989
    Gilda Radner, American comedian and actress (b. 1946)
  • 2007
    Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer (b. 1914)

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