Monday May 20, 2024
A date scroll with Latin text from “The Extremes of Good and Evil” by Cicero, written in 45 BC.

May 20: Day of the Week

May 20, 2024 is the 141st day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 225 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Monday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Getsuyōbi.

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

May 2024

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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.

May 20 Historical Event(s)

The 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.
King Sancho IV of Castile creates the Study of General Schools of Alcalá.
The city of Magdeburg in Germany is seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years’ War.
By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution
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.
History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope.
Budi Utomo organization is founded in Dutch East Indies, beginning the Indonesian National Awakening.
Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz.
In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
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.

Who were born on May 20?

Hector Malot, French writer (d. 1907)
Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian Hindu sage, Jivanmukta (d. 1994)
Annie M. G. Schmidt, Dutch writer (d. 1995)
Peter Copley, British actor (d. 2008)
Robert Doyle, Australian politician
Cindy McCain, American businesswoman, wife of John McCain
Brian Gerard James (“Road Dogg” Jesse James), American professional wrestler
Isaac Gálvez, Spanish cyclist (d. 2006)
Tiger Tyson, American pornographic actor
Candace Bailey, American actress

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