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.
  • 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.
  • 1217
    The Second Battle of Lincoln is fought near Lincoln, England, resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke.
  • 1840
    York Minster is badly damaged by fire
  • 1875
    Signing of the Metre Convention by 17 nations leading to the establishment of the International System of Units.
  • 1891
    History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope.
  • 1920
    Montreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasts the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America.
  • 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.
  • 1948
    Chiang Kai-shek elected to be the first President of the Republic of China.
  • 1985
    Radio Martí, part of the Voice of America service, begins broadcasting to Cuba.

Who were born on May 20?

  • 1776
    Simon Fraser, Canadian explorer (d.1862)
  • 1894
    Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian Hindu sage, Jivanmukta (d. 1994)
  • 1919
    Gerhard Barkhorn, German fighter pilot (d. 1983)
  • 1927
    Franciszek Macharski, Polish Catholic cardinal
  • 1946
    Cher, American singer & actress
  • 1971
    Šárka Kašpárková, Czech athlete
  • 1977
    Leonardo Noeren Franco, Argentine footballer
  • 1977
    Tiger Tyson, American pornographic actor
  • 1982
    Candace Bailey, American actress
  • 1993
    Caroline Zhang, American figure skater

Who died on May 20?

  • 685
    King Ecgfrith of Northumbria (b. 645)
  • 1285
    John II of Jerusalem, King of Cyprus (b. 1259)
  • 1444
    Saint Bernardino of Siena, Italian Franciscan missionary (b. 1380)
  • 1677
    George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, British statesman (b. 1612)
  • 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)
  • 1971
    Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904)
  • 1992
    Roger Keith Coleman, American convict (b. 1958)
  • 2002
    Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist (b. 1941)
  • 2005
    William Seawell, U.S. Army Brigadier General (b. 1918)

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