March 20: Day of the Week
March 20, 2017 was the 79th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 286 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is lundi.
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Here’s the March calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
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.
March 20 Historical Event(s)
- 1602The Dutch East India Company is established.
- 1815After 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.
- 1861An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina.
- 1914In New Haven, Connecticut, the first international figure skating championship takes place.
- 1956Tunisia gains independence from France.
- 1964The precursor of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organization) is established per an agreement signed on June 14, 1962.
- 1974Ian Ball attempts, but fails, to kidnap Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips in The Mall, outside Buckingham Palace, London.
- 1990Ferdinand Marcos’s widow, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering.
- 1995A sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway kills 12 and wounds 1,300 persons.
- 2006Over 150 Chadian soldiers are killed in eastern Chad by members of the rebel UFDC. The rebel movement sought to overthrow Chadian president Idriss Deby.
Who were born on March 20?
- 1477Jerome Emser, German theologian (d. 1527)
- 1840Illarion Pryanishnikov, Russian painter (d. 1894)
- 1929Germán Robles, Spanish actor
- 1936Vaughn Meader, American comedian (d. 2004)
- 1958Stephen Sommers, American film director
- 1965William Dalrymple, Writer and Historian
- 1969Caroline Brunet, Canadian kayaker
- 1970Michael Rapaport, American actor
- 1981Ian Murray, Scottish football player
- 1984Winta, Norwegian musician
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