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, 415,344 hours 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.
  • 526
    An earthquake kills about 300,000 people in Syria and Antiochia.
  • 1609
    Shakespeare’s sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
  • 1802
    By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution
  • 1813
    Napoleon Bonaparte leads his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen in Saxony, Germany, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia. The battle ends the next day with a French victory.
  • 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.
  • 1916
    The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (Boy with Baby Carriage).
  • 1920
    Montreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasts the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America.
  • 1969
    The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ends.
  • 1990
    The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.

Who were born on May 20?

  • 1706
    Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (d. 1777)
  • 1860
    Eduard Buchner, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1917)
  • 1911
    Gardner Fox, American writer (d. 1986)
  • 1914
    Hideko Maehata, Japanese swimmer (d. 1995)
  • 1945
    Vladimiro Montesinos, Peruvian politician
  • 1947
    Greg Dyke, British broadcast executive
  • 1947
    John Corapi, American Catholic prelate
  • 1981
    Morgan Knabe, Canadian swimmer
  • 1982
    Petr Čech, Czech footballer
  • 1992
    Cate Campbell, Australian swimmer

Who died on May 20?

  • 1285
    John II of Jerusalem, King of Cyprus (b. 1259)
  • 1506
    Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer (b. 1451)
  • 1825
    Papaflessas, Greek priest and government official (b. 1788)
  • 1873
    Sir George-Étienne Cartier, French-Canadian statesman (b. 1814)
  • 1917
    Valentine Fleming, Scottish politician (b. 1887)
  • 1940
    Verner von Heidenstam, Swedish writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1859)
  • 1976
    Syd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1911)
  • 1989
    Gilda Radner, American comedian and actress (b. 1946)
  • 2008
    Hamilton Jordan, American White House Chief of Staff under President Carter (b. 1944)
  • 2009
    Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (b. 1980)

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