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, 1,495,238,400 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 ‘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

  • 1293
    King Sancho IV of Castile creates the Study of General Schools of Alcalá.
  • 1521
    Battle of Pampeluna: Ignatius Loyola is seriously wounded.
  • 1570
    Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issues the first modern atlas.
  • 1840
    York Minster is badly damaged by fire
  • 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.
  • 1883
    Krakatoa begins to erupt. The volcano’s final and most notable explosion occurs on August 26.
  • 1884
    Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo becomes the king of the Zulu Nation.
  • 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.
  • 1956
    In Operation Redwing (shot Cherokee), the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean;

Who were born on May 20?

  • 1737
    William Petty Fitzmaurice, British statesman (d. 1805)
  • 1901
    Max Euwe, Dutch chess player (d. 1981)
  • 1923
    Edith Fellows, American actress d. 2011
  • 1941
    John Strasberg, American actor
  • 1965
    Stu Grimson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1966
    Dan Abrams, American TV reporter
  • 1973
    Elsa Lunghini, French singer and actress
  • 1975
    Andrew Sega, American musician
  • 1981
    Iker Casillas, Spanish footballer
  • 1988
    Carla Humphries, Filipino actress

Who died on May 20?

  • 685
    King Ecgfrith of Northumbria (b. 645)
  • 1722
    Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist (b. 1669)
  • 1782
    William Emerson, British mathematician (b. 1701)
  • 1841
    Joseph Blanco White, British theologian (b. 1775)
  • 1873
    Sir George-Étienne Cartier, French-Canadian statesman (b. 1814)
  • 1946
    Jacob Ellehammer, Danish inventor (b. 1871)
  • 1947
    Georgios Siantos, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (b. 1890)
  • 1975
    Barbara Hepworth, British sculptor (b. 1903)
  • 1976
    Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz, Uruguayan National Party politician (b. 1934)
  • 2000
    Jean-Pierre Rampal, French flutist (b. 1922)

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