May 20: Day of the Week
May 20, 2022 was the 140th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 225 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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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)
- 526An earthquake kills about 300,000 people in Syria and Antiochia.
- 1217The Second Battle of Lincoln is fought near Lincoln, England, resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke.
- 1802By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution
- 1840York Minster is badly damaged by fire
- 1862U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law.
- 1873Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
- 1891History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope.
- 1927Treaty of Jedda: the United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, which later merge to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- 1980In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a 60% vote the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.
- 1990The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.
Who were born on May 20?
- 1830Hector Malot, French writer (d. 1907)
- 1897Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish anarchist (d. 1983)
- 1915Peter Copley, British actor (d. 2008)
- 1927Franciszek Macharski, Polish Catholic cardinal
- 1931Ken Boyer, American baseball player (d. 1982)
- 1953Robert Doyle, Australian politician
- 1957Yoshihiko Noda, Prime Minister of Japan
- 1973Elsa Lunghini, French singer and actress
- 1975Andrew Sega, American musician
- 1976Tomoya Satozaki, Japanese baseball player
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