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

  • 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.
  • 1293
    King Sancho IV of Castile creates the Study of General Schools of Alcalá.
  • 1521
    Battle of Pampeluna: Ignatius Loyola is seriously wounded.
  • 1882
    The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy is formed.
  • 1891
    History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope.
  • 1902
    Cuba gains independence from the United States. Tomás Estrada Palma becomes the country’s first President.
  • 1916
    The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (Boy with Baby Carriage).
  • 1920
    Montreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasts the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America.
  • 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.

Who were born on May 20?

  • 1851
    Emile Berliner, German-born recording pioneer (d. 1929)
  • 1889
    Karin Molander, Swedish actress (d. 1978)
  • 1936
    Anthony Zerbe, American actor
  • 1960
    John Billingsley, American actor
  • 1965
    Stu Grimson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1972
    Busta Rhymes, American rapper and actor
  • 1973
    Elsa Lunghini, French singer and actress
  • 1977
    Miriam Parrish, American television actress
  • 1984
    Naturi Naughton, singer (3LW) and actress
  • 1988
    Carla Humphries, Filipino actress

Who died on May 20?

  • 1285
    John II of Jerusalem, King of Cyprus (b. 1259)
  • 1550
    Ashikaga Yoshiharu, Japanese shogun (b. 1510)
  • 1834
    Gilbert du Motier, French statesman (b. 1757)
  • 1880
    Ana Néri, Brazilian nurse (b. 1814)
  • 1947
    Philipp Lenard, German physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1862)
  • 1976
    Zelmar Michelini, Uruguayan Christian-Democrat Party politician (b. 1924)
  • 1989
    John Hicks, English economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1904)
  • 2007
    Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer (b. 1914)
  • 2008
    Hamilton Jordan, American White House Chief of Staff under President Carter (b. 1944)
  • 2009
    Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)

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