May 20: Day of the Week
May 20, 2018 was the 140th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 225 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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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.
- 1498Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.
- 1521Battle of Pampeluna: Ignatius Loyola is seriously wounded.
- 1775Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence signed in Charlotte, North Carolina
- 1813Napoleon Bonaparte leads his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen in Saxony, Germany, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia. The battle ends the next day with a French victory.
- 1864American Civil War: Battle of Ware Bottom Church – in the Virginia Bermuda Hundred Campaign, 10,000 troops fight in this Confederate victory.
- 1908Budi Utomo organization is founded in Dutch East Indies, beginning the Indonesian National Awakening.
- 1932Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.
- 1949In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
- 1983First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier.
Who were born on May 20?
- 1554Paolo Bellasio, Italian composer (d. 1594)
- 1726Francis Cotes, English painter (d. 1770)
- 1759William Thornton, West Indian-born architect (d. 1828)
- 1889Karin Molander, Swedish actress (d. 1978)
- 1911Annie M. G. Schmidt, Dutch writer (d. 1995)
- 1920John Cruickshank, Scottish airman, Victoria Cross recipient
- 1929Ahmed Hamdi, Egyptian soldier, who fought in Yom Kippur(d. 1973)
- 1975Tahmoh Penikett, Canadian actor
- 1981Iker Casillas, Spanish footballer
- 1986Jiřina Ptáčníková, Czech pole vaulter
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