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Wednesday May 20, 2020

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 French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.

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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

May 2020

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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)

  • 526
    An earthquake kills about 300,000 people in Syria and Antiochia.
  • 1497
    John Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship Ship looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date).
  • 1521
    Battle of Pampeluna: Ignatius Loyola is seriously wounded.
  • 1609
    Shakespeare’s sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
  • 1775
    Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence signed in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1882
    The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy is formed.
  • 1941
    World War II: Battle of Crete – German paratroops invade Crete.
  • 1956
    In Operation Redwing (shot Cherokee), the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean;
  • 1965
    PIA Flight 705, a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 720 – 040 B, crashes while descending to land at Cairo International Airport, killing 119 of the 125 passengers and crew.
  • 1969
    The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ends.

Who were born on May 20?

  • 1726
    Francis Cotes, English painter (d. 1770)
  • 1838
    Jules Méline, French statesman (d. 1925)
  • 1860
    Eduard Buchner, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1917)
  • 1899
    John Marshall Harlan II, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1971)
  • 1918
    Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (d. 2004)
  • 1947
    Greg Dyke, British broadcast executive
  • 1971
    Tony Stewart, American race car driver
  • 1975
    Mark Zupan, American wheelchair rugby player and actor
  • 1979
    Jayson Werth, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Lindsay Taylor, American basketball player

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