What happened this day in history March 20

What are the important events that happened on March 20? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

March 20: Facts & Myths About This Day

March 20 is the 79th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 286 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 7, 2023 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,987,840 minutes 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 ‘heptacontaenneagon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 327 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 3,741 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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March 20 Historical Events

  • 235
    Maximinus Thrax is proclaimed emperor. He is the first foreigner to hold the Roman throne.
  • 1602
    The Dutch East India Company is established.
  • 1815
    After escaping from Elba, Napoleon enters Paris with a regular army of 140,000 and a volunteer force of around 200,000, beginning his “Hundred Days” rule.
  • 1848
    Revolutions of 1848 in the German states: King Ludwig I of Bavaria abdicates.
  • 1861
    An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina.
  • 1948
    With a Musicians Union ban lifted, the first telecasts of classical music in the United States, under Eugene Ormandy and Arturo Toscanini, are given on CBS and NBC.
  • 1964
    The precursor of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organization) is established per an agreement signed on June 14, 1962.
  • 1974
    Ian Ball attempts, but fails, to kidnap Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips in The Mall, outside Buckingham Palace, London.
  • 1985
    Canadian paraplegic athlete and humanitarian Rick Hansen begins his circumnavigation of the globe in a wheelchair in the name of spinal cord injury medical research.
  • 2006
    Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country’s banana crop.

Who were born on March 20?

  • 1922
    Ray Goulding, American comedian (d. 1990)
  • 1965
    William Dalrymple, Writer and Historian
  • 1969
    Jean Labonté, Canadian sledge hockey player
  • 1970
    Michael Rapaport, American actor
  • 1979
    Bianca Lawson, American actress
  • 1979
    Molly Jenson, American musician
  • 1982
    Terrence Duffin, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1984
    Winta, Norwegian musician
  • 1986
    Dean Geyer, Australian singer and actor
  • 1988
    Louie Vito, American snowboarder

Who died on March 20?

  • 1568
    Duke Albert of Prussia (b. 1490)
  • 1865
    Keisuke Yamanami, Japanese samurai (b. 1833)
  • 1931
    Hermann Müller, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1876)
  • 1933
    Giuseppe Zangara, attempted assassin of Franklin Roosevelt (b. 1900)
  • 1947
    Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and filmdirector (b. 1884)
  • 1991
    Conor Clapton, son of Eric Clapton (b. 1986)
  • 1992
    Georges Delerue, French film composer (b. 1925)
  • 1993
    Polykarp Kusch, German-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1911)
  • 1997
    Tony Zale, American boxer (b. 1913)
  • 2001
    Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1949)

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