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

  • 526
    An earthquake kills about 300,000 people in Syria and Antiochia.
  • 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).
  • 1521
    Battle of Pampeluna: Ignatius Loyola is seriously wounded.
  • 1840
    York Minster is badly damaged by fire
  • 1873
    Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
  • 1891
    History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope.
  • 1916
    The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (Boy with Baby Carriage).
  • 1949
    In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
  • 1989
    The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
  • 1990
    The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.

Who were born on May 20?

  • 1726
    Francis Cotes, English painter (d. 1770)
  • 1769
    Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, Greek admiral and politician (d. 1835)
  • 1925
    Chester Ludgin, American baritone (d. 2003)
  • 1941
    Manuel Isaias Lopez, Mexican child psychiatrist
  • 1946
    Robert Chua, Hong Kong TV Entrepreneur
  • 1947
    Greg Dyke, British broadcast executive
  • 1965
    Stu Grimson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Ramón Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1981
    Morgan Knabe, Canadian swimmer
  • 1988
    Carla Humphries, Filipino actress

Who died on May 20?

  • 1896
    Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer (b. 1819)
  • 1947
    Georgios Siantos, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (b. 1890)
  • 1949
    Randolph West, American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1890)
  • 1961
    Josef “Pips” Priller, German flying ace (b. 1915)
  • 1971
    Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904)
  • 1989
    John Hicks, English economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1992
    Roger Keith Coleman, American convict (b. 1958)
  • 2000
    Malik Sealy, American basketball player (b. 1970)
  • 2002
    Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist (b. 1941)
  • 2009
    Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)

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