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.
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
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.
An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina.
The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta is staged in Moscow, Russia.
Sung Chiao-jen, a founder of the Chinese Nationalist Party, is wounded in an assassination attempt and dies 2 days later.
The Arts Club of Chicago hosts the opening of Pablo Picasso’s first United States showing, entitled Original Drawings by Pablo Picasso, becoming an early proponent of modern art in the United States.
World War II: General Douglas MacArthur, at Terowie, South Australia, makes his famous speech regarding the fall of the Philippines, in which he says: “I came out of Bataan and I shall return”.
The precursor of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organization) is established per an agreement signed on June 14, 1962.
An IRA bomb explodes, killing two children in Warrington, Northwest England.
2003 invasion of Iraq: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries begin military operations in Iraq.
Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country’s banana crop.
Who were born on March 20?
Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, King of Thailand (d. 1809)
Ruby Muhammad, American matriarch of Black Islam (d. 2011)
Rudolf Kirchschläger, Austrian politician, President (1974-1986) (d. 2000)
Germán Robles, Spanish actor
Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada
David Foster, Australian woodchopper
Jesper Olsen, Danish footballer
Bianca Lawson, American actress
Ronnie Brewer, American basketball player
Mattia Destro, Italian footballer
Who died on March 20?
Duke Albert of Prussia (b. 1490)
Sir Benjamin Truman – English brewer
Giuseppe Zangara, attempted assassin of Franklin Roosevelt (b. 1900)
Georges Delerue, French film composer (b. 1925)
Polykarp Kusch, German-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1911)
V. S. Pritchett, British writer and critic (b. 1900)
George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician (b. 1956)
Gene Eugene, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1961)
Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
Stewart Udall, American politician, environmentalist (b. 1920)
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