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

  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Ware Bottom Church – in the Virginia Bermuda Hundred Campaign, 10,000 troops fight in this Confederate victory.
  • 1882
    The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy is formed.
  • 1891
    History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope.
  • 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.
  • 1932
    Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.
  • 1941
    World War II: Battle of Crete – German paratroops invade Crete.
  • 1948
    Chiang Kai-shek elected to be the first President of the Republic of China.
  • 1949
    In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
  • 1989
    The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
  • 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?

  • 1886
    Ali Sami Yen, Turkish founder of Galatasaray Sports Club (d. 1951)
  • 1920
    Betty Driver MBE, English singer and actress (d. 2011)
  • 1925
    Chester Ludgin, American baritone (d. 2003)
  • 1935
    José Mujica, President of Uruguay
  • 1945
    Vladimiro Montesinos, Peruvian politician
  • 1959
    Bronson Pinchot, American actor
  • 1962
    Mike Jeffries, American soccer coach
  • 1984
    Mauro, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986
    Dexter Blackstock, English footballer
  • 1995
    Brandon Zibaka, English football player

Who died on May 20?

  • 1277
    Pope John XXI (b. 1215)
  • 1444
    Saint Bernardino of Siena, Italian Franciscan missionary (b. 1380)
  • 1506
    Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer (b. 1451)
  • 1717
    John Trevor, British statesman (b. 1637)
  • 1825
    Papaflessas, Greek priest and government official (b. 1788)
  • 1949
    Randolph West, American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1890)
  • 1976
    Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz, Uruguayan National Party politician (b. 1934)
  • 1992
    Roger Keith Coleman, American convict (b. 1958)
  • 1996
    Jon Pertwee, British actor (b. 1919)
  • 2009
    Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)

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