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 140th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 225 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 7, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,920,640 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 ‘hectatetracontagon’ 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 275 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 1,611 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.
  • 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).
  • 1775
    Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence signed in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1861
    American Civil War: The state of Kentucky proclaims its neutrality, which will last until September 3 when Confederate forces enter the state. Meanwhile, the State of North Carolina secedes from the Union.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Ware Bottom Church – in the Virginia Bermuda Hundred Campaign, 10,000 troops fight in this Confederate victory.
  • 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.
  • 1908
    Budi Utomo organization is founded in Dutch East Indies, beginning the Indonesian National Awakening.
  • 1916
    The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (Boy with Baby Carriage).
  • 1956
    In Operation Redwing (shot Cherokee), the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean;
  • 1990
    The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.

Who were born on May 20?

  • 1899
    Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (d. 1969)
  • 1913
    William Hewlett, American engineer (d. 2001)
  • 1920
    Betty Driver MBE, English singer and actress (d. 2011)
  • 1924
    Zelmar Michelini, Uruguayan reporter and politician (d. 1976)
  • 1927
    David Hedison, American actor
  • 1959
    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer (d. 1997)
  • 1965
    Stu Grimson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1972
    Tina Hobley, British television actress
  • 1975
    Andrew Sega, American musician
  • 1992
    Cate Campbell, Australian swimmer

Who died on May 20?

  • 1285
    John II of Jerusalem, King of Cyprus (b. 1259)
  • 1503
    Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici, Italian banker, politician and patron of the arts (b. 1463)
  • 1648
    King Wladislaus IV of Poland (b. 1595)
  • 1677
    George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, British statesman (b. 1612)
  • 1896
    Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer (b. 1819)
  • 1947
    Georgios Siantos, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (b. 1890)
  • 1956
    Max Beerbohm, English theatre critic (b. 1872)
  • 2000
    Malik Sealy, American basketball player (b. 1970)
  • 2005
    Paul Ricoeur, French philosopher (b. 1913)
  • 2008
    Hamilton Jordan, American White House Chief of Staff under President Carter (b. 1944)

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