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.
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March 20 Historical Event(s)
- 235Maximinus Thrax is proclaimed emperor. He is the first foreigner to hold the Roman throne.
- 1602The Dutch East India Company is established.
- 1914In New Haven, Connecticut, the first international figure skating championship takes place.
- 1916Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity.
- 1942World 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”.
- 1964The precursor of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organization) is established per an agreement signed on June 14, 1962.
- 1980The Radio Caroline ship, Mi Amigo founders in a gale off the English coast.
- 1990Ferdinand Marcos’s widow, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering.
- 2006Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country’s banana crop.
- 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?
- 1856Sir John Lavery, Irish artist (d. 1941)
- 1874Börries von Münchhausen, German poet (d. 1945)
- 1903Edgar Buchanan, American actor (d. 1979)
- 1943Paul Junger Witt, American TV producer
- 1945Pat Riley, American basketball player and coach
- 1957David Foster, Australian woodchopper
- 1961Jesper Olsen, Danish footballer
- 1965William Dalrymple, Writer and Historian
- 1979Molly Jenson, American musician
- 1986Ruby Rose Langenheim, Australian VJ
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