What are the important events that happened on November 20? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
November 20: Facts & Myths About This Day
November 20 is the 325th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 41 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 7, 2020 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 1,605,830,400 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 ‘trihectaicosapentagon’ day.
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Scorpio is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Topaz is the modern birthstone for this month. Pearl is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 84 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 2,891 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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November 20 Historical Events
Diocletian is chosen as Roman Emperor.
Palermo is conquered by Emperor Henry VI.
A truce between John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy and Louis of Valois, Duke of Orléans is agreed under the auspices of John, Duke of Berry. Orléans would be assassinated three days later by Burgundy.
New Jersey becomes the first U.S. state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
An 80-ton sperm whale attacks the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America (Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby-Dick is in part inspired by this story).
Slánský trials – a series of Stalinist and anti-Semitic show trials in Czechoslovakia.
Velvet Revolution: The number of protesters assembled in Prague, Czechoslovakia swells from 200,000 the day before to an estimated half-million.
In England, a fire breaks out in Windsor Castle, badly damaging the castle and causing over £50 million worth of damage.
A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden “a man without a sin” in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
In Washington, D.C., U.S. President George W. Bush dedicates the United States Department of Justice headquarters building as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 76th birthday.
Who were born on November 20?
Emilio Pucci, Italian fashion designer (d. 1992)
Bobby Locke, South African golfer (d. 1987)
John Eriksen, Danish footballer (d. 2002)
Rickson Gracie, Brazilian mixed martial artist
Jimmy Vasser, American racing driver
Delia Gonzalez, American boxer
Angelica Bridges, American actress, model, and singer
Cemal Yıldız, Turkish footballer
Oli Sykes, English musician
Rhys Wakefield, Australian actor
Who died on November 20?
Bernward of Hildesheim (b. 993)
Pierre de La Rue, Flemish composer
Karl von Miltitz, German papal nuncio (b. c. 1490)
Zumbi, Brazilian slave (b. 1655)
Melchior de Polignac, French diplomat (b. 1661)
Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom (b. 1844)
Allan Sherman, American comedian (b. 1924)
Jenny Ross, English musician (Section 25) (b. 1962)
Manouchehr Atashi, Iranian poet (b. 1931)
Roxana Briban, Romanian Soprano (b. 1971)
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