May 20: Day of the Week
May 20, 2021 is the 140th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 225 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Thursday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.
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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)
- 1570Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issues the first modern atlas.
- 1609Shakespeare’s sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1989The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
- 2002The 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?
- 1554Paolo Bellasio, Italian composer (d. 1594)
- 1768Dolley Madison, First Lady of the United States (d. 1849)
- 1824Cadmus M. Wilcox, American Confederate general (d. 1890)
- 1899Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (d. 1969)
- 1908James Stewart, American actor (d. 1997)
- 1916Alexei Petrovich Maresiev, Russian flying ace (d. 2001)
- 1954Robert Van de Walle, Belgian judoka
- 1975Tahmoh Penikett, Canadian actor
- 1978Hristos Banikas, Greek chess player
- 1979Jayson Werth, American baseball player
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