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, 1,463,702,400 seconds 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.
  • 526
    An earthquake kills about 300,000 people in Syria and Antiochia.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 1862
    U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law.
  • 1882
    The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy is formed.
  • 1927
    Treaty of Jedda: the United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, which later merge to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • 1940
    Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz.
  • 1949
    In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.

Who were born on May 20?

  • 1919
    Gerhard Barkhorn, German fighter pilot (d. 1983)
  • 1927
    David Hedison, American actor
  • 1931
    Paul Evans, American furniture designer and sculptor (d. 1987)
  • 1942
    Carlos Hathcock, American Marine Corps sniper (d. 1999)
  • 1942
    Jill Jackson, American singer (Paul & Paula)
  • 1946
    Cher, American singer & actress
  • 1952
    Roger Milla, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1966
    Mindy Cohn, American actress
  • 1975
    Tahmoh Penikett, Canadian actor
  • 1982
    Candace Bailey, American actress

Who died on May 20?

  • 685
    King Ecgfrith of Northumbria (b. 645)
  • 1506
    Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer (b. 1451)
  • 1732
    Thomas Boston, Scottish church leader (b. 1676)
  • 1782
    William Emerson, British mathematician (b. 1701)
  • 1971
    Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904)
  • 1976
    Syd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1911)
  • 1996
    Jon Pertwee, British actor (b. 1919)
  • 2005
    Paul Ricoeur, French philosopher (b. 1913)
  • 2007
    Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer (b. 1914)
  • 2008
    Hamilton Jordan, American White House Chief of Staff under President Carter (b. 1944)

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