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

  • 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.
  • 1498
    Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.
  • 1631
    The city of Magdeburg in Germany is seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years’ War.
  • 1862
    U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law.
  • 1883
    Krakatoa begins to erupt. The volcano’s final and most notable explosion occurs on August 26.
  • 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.
  • 1980
    In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a 60% vote the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.
  • 1996
    Gay rights: The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Romer v. Evans against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of gays and lesbians.
  • 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?

  • 1593
    Salomo Glassius, German theologian (d. 1656)
  • 1824
    Cadmus M. Wilcox, American Confederate general (d. 1890)
  • 1950
    Reinaldo Merlo, Argentine footballer
  • 1956
    Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Norwegian author
  • 1958
    Jane Wiedlin, American singer (The Go-Go’s)
  • 1963
    David Wells, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Petr Čech, Czech footballer
  • 1983
    N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Indian film actor
  • 1986
    Dexter Blackstock, English footballer
  • 1991
    Mara Lopez, Filipino actress

Who died on May 20?

  • 1793
    Charles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist (b. 1720)
  • 1834
    Gilbert du Motier, French statesman (b. 1757)
  • 1896
    Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer (b. 1819)
  • 1971
    Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904)
  • 1973
    Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
  • 1989
    John Hicks, English economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1996
    Jon Pertwee, British actor (b. 1919)
  • 2000
    Jean-Pierre Rampal, French flutist (b. 1922)
  • 2005
    Paul Ricoeur, French philosopher (b. 1913)
  • 2009
    Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)

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