May 20: Day of the Week
May 20, 2020 was the 141st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 225 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.
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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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May 20 Historical Event(s)
- 685The Battle of Dun Nechtain is fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated.
- 1293King Sancho IV of Castile creates the Study of General Schools of Alcalá.
- 1802By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution
- 1864American Civil War: Battle of Ware Bottom Church – in the Virginia Bermuda Hundred Campaign, 10,000 troops fight in this Confederate victory.
- 1896The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier falls on the crowd below resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others.
- 1908Budi Utomo organization is founded in Dutch East Indies, beginning the Indonesian National Awakening.
- 1916The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (Boy with Baby Carriage).
- 1948Chiang Kai-shek elected to be the first President of the Republic of China.
- 1949In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
- 1969The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ends.
Who were born on May 20?
- 1706Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (d. 1777)
- 1768Dolley Madison, First Lady of the United States (d. 1849)
- 1822Frédéric Passy, French economist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (d. 1912)
- 1901Max Euwe, Dutch chess player (d. 1981)
- 1914Corneliu Coposu, Romanian politician (d. 1995)
- 1920John Cruickshank, Scottish airman, Victoria Cross recipient
- 1930Sam Etcheverry, American football player and coach (d. 2009)
- 1949Dave Thomas, Canadian comedian and actor
- 1975Tahmoh Penikett, Canadian actor
- 1986Dexter Blackstock, English footballer
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