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

  • 1293
    King Sancho IV of Castile creates the Study of General Schools of Alcalá.
  • 1497
    John Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship Ship looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date).
  • 1775
    Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence signed in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1920
    Montreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasts the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America.
  • 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.
  • 1949
    In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
  • 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.
  • 1983
    First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier.
  • 1989
    The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
  • 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)
  • 1772
    Sir William Congreve, English inventor (d. 1828)
  • 1894
    Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian Hindu sage, Jivanmukta (d. 1994)
  • 1916
    Alexei Petrovich Maresiev, Russian flying ace (d. 2001)
  • 1940
    Sadaharu Oh, Japanese baseball player
  • 1950
    Yvon Lambert, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1966
    Mindy Cohn, American actress
  • 1972
    Tina Hobley, British television actress
  • 1976
    Tomoya Satozaki, Japanese baseball player
  • 1981
    Lindsay Taylor, American basketball player

Who died on May 20?

  • 1285
    John II of Jerusalem, King of Cyprus (b. 1259)
  • 1444
    Saint Bernardino of Siena, Italian Franciscan missionary (b. 1380)
  • 1503
    Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici, Italian banker, politician and patron of the arts (b. 1463)
  • 1506
    Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer (b. 1451)
  • 1648
    King Wladislaus IV of Poland (b. 1595)
  • 1717
    John Trevor, British statesman (b. 1637)
  • 1834
    Gilbert du Motier, French statesman (b. 1757)
  • 1896
    Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer (b. 1819)
  • 1996
    Jon Pertwee, British actor (b. 1919)
  • 2009
    Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)

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