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

  • 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.
  • 1570
    Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issues the first modern atlas.
  • 1802
    By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution
  • 1875
    Signing of the Metre Convention by 17 nations leading to the establishment of the International System of Units.
  • 1883
    Krakatoa begins to erupt. The volcano’s final and most notable explosion occurs on August 26.
  • 1956
    In Operation Redwing (shot Cherokee), the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean;
  • 1965
    PIA Flight 705, a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 720 – 040 B, crashes while descending to land at Cairo International Airport, killing 119 of the 125 passengers and crew.
  • 1969
    The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ends.
  • 1983
    First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier.
  • 2002
    The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself is the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).

Who were born on May 20?

  • 1806
    John Stuart Mill, English philosopher (d. 1873)
  • 1917
    Bergur Sigurbjörnsson, Icelandic politician (d. 2005)
  • 1927
    Bud Grant, American football coach
  • 1930
    Sam Etcheverry, American football player and coach (d. 2009)
  • 1932
    Bob Florence, American jazz pianist, composer, arranger (d. 2008)
  • 1944
    Boudewijn de Groot, Dutch singer
  • 1961
    Clive Allen, English footballer
  • 1965
    Ted Allen, American television host
  • 1977
    Tiger Tyson, American pornographic actor
  • 1978
    Pavla Hamáčková-Rybová, Czech athlete

Who died on May 20?

  • 1622
    Osman II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1604)
  • 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)
  • 1989
    Gilda Radner, American comedian and actress (b. 1946)
  • 2001
    Renato Carosone, Italian musician (b. 1920)
  • 2002
    Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist (b. 1941)
  • 2005
    Paul Ricoeur, French philosopher (b. 1913)
  • 2005
    William Seawell, U.S. Army Brigadier General (b. 1918)
  • 2009
    Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)

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