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

  • 325
    The First Council of Nicea – the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church is held.
  • 1840
    York Minster is badly damaged by fire
  • 1862
    U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law.
  • 1873
    Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
  • 1875
    Signing of the Metre Convention by 17 nations leading to the establishment of the International System of Units.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    World War II: Battle of Crete – German paratroops invade Crete.
  • 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.
  • 1980
    In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a 60% vote the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.

Who were born on May 20?

  • 1818
    William Fargo, American pioneer expressman, co-founder of Wells, Fargo & Co. (d. 1881)
  • 1915
    Peter Copley, British actor (d. 2008)
  • 1917
    Guy Favreau, French Canadian lawyer (d. 1967)
  • 1954
    David Paterson, American politician
  • 1954
    Guy Hoffman, American musician (Violent Femmes)
  • 1956
    William Michaelian, American novelist and poet
  • 1963
    David Wells, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Juan Minujín, Argentine actor
  • 1983
    Roger Huerta, American mixed martial artist
  • 1984
    Kenny Vasoli, American singer and bassist (The Starting Line)

Who died on May 20?

  • 1277
    Pope John XXI (b. 1215)
  • 1503
    Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici, Italian banker, politician and patron of the arts (b. 1463)
  • 1713
    Thomas Sprat, English writer (b. 1635)
  • 1896
    Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer (b. 1819)
  • 1917
    Philipp von Ferrary, Italian philatelist (b. 1850)
  • 1946
    Jacob Ellehammer, Danish inventor (b. 1871)
  • 1947
    Philipp Lenard, German physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1862)
  • 1949
    Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens (b. 1891)
  • 1996
    Jon Pertwee, British actor (b. 1919)
  • 2005
    Paul Ricoeur, French philosopher (b. 1913)

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