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Monday May 20, 2019

May 20: Day of the Week

May 20, 2019 was the 140th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 225 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 May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 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).
  • 1498
    Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: The state of Kentucky proclaims its neutrality, which will last until September 3 when Confederate forces enter the state. Meanwhile, the State of North Carolina secedes from the Union.
  • 1875
    Signing of the Metre Convention by 17 nations leading to the establishment of the International System of Units.
  • 1884
    Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo becomes the king of the Zulu Nation.
  • 1941
    World War II: Battle of Crete – German paratroops invade Crete.
  • 1948
    Chiang Kai-shek elected to be the first President of the Republic of China.
  • 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.
  • 1989
    The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
  • 2002
    The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself is the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).

Who were born on May 20?

  • 1726
    Francis Cotes, English painter (d. 1770)
  • 1737
    William Petty Fitzmaurice, British statesman (d. 1805)
  • 1911
    Gardner Fox, American writer (d. 1986)
  • 1925
    Chester Ludgin, American baritone (d. 2003)
  • 1938
    Marinella, Greek singer and actress
  • 1951
    Mike Crapo, American politician
  • 1970
    Terrell Brandon, American basketball player
  • 1978
    Pavla Hamáčková-Rybová, Czech athlete
  • 1981
    Morgan Knabe, Canadian swimmer
  • 1985
    Chris Froome, British cyclist

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