What are the important events that happened on June 20? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
June 20: Facts & Myths About This Day
June 20 is the 172nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 194 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 7, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 442,392 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 ‘hectaheptacontadigon’ day.
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Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Pearl is the modern birthstone for this month. Moonstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 237 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 2,738 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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June 20: This Day In History
On leap years, this day usually marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere.
June 20 Historical Events
Deputies of the French Third Estate take the Tennis Court Oath.
The Kiel Canal, crossing the base of the Jutland peninsula and the busiest artificial waterway in the world, is officially opened.
Boxer Rebellion: The Imperial Chinese Army begins a 55-day siege of the Legation Quarter in Beijing, China.
The Detroit Race Riot breaks out and continues for three more days.
Continuation war: the Soviet Union demands an unconditional surrender from Finland during the beginning of partially successful Vyborg–Petrozavodsk Offensive. The Finnish government refuses.
Toast of the Town, later The Ed Sullivan Show, makes its television debut.
A Venezuelan Super-Constellation crashes in the Atlantic Ocean off Asbury Park, New Jersey, killing 74 people.
A rare June hurricane strikes Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence killing 35.
The so-called “red telephone” is established between the Soviet Union and the United States following the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Watergate scandal: An 18½-minute gap appears in the tape recording of the conversations between U.S. President Richard Nixon and his advisers regarding the recent arrests of his operatives while breaking into the Watergate complex.
Who were born on June 20?
Jacob De la Gardie, Swedish soldier and statesman (d. 1652)
Jean Moulin, French Resistance leader (d. 1943)
Billy Werber, American baseball player (d. 2009)
Robert Rozhdestvensky, Russian poet (d. 1994)
Richard I. Neal, American general
Jerome Fontamillas, American musician (Switchfoot)
Gordan Giriček, Croatian basketball player
LaVar Arrington, American football player
Quinton Jackson, American mixed martial artist
Christopher Mintz-Plasse, American actor
Who died on June 20?
Theodorid, King of the Visigoths
Louis the Pious, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (b. 778)
Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer (b. 1704)
Juan Larrea, Argentine economist (b. 1782)
Hijikata Toshizō, Shinsengumi vice-commander (b. 1835)
Joseph Meek, American mountain man (b. 1810)
Josef Breuer, Austrian psychologist (b. 1842)
Georges Lemaître, Belgian catholic priest and astronomer, originator of the Big Bang theory (b. 1894)
Horace Lindrum, Australian snooker and billiards player (b. 1912)
Neda Agha-Soltan, Iranian student (b. 1982)
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