May 20: Day of the Week
May 20, 2021 was the 140th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 225 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.
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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)
- 1217The 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.
- 1521Battle of Pampeluna: Ignatius Loyola is seriously wounded.
- 1775Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence signed in Charlotte, North Carolina
- 1802By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution
- 1862U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law.
- 1896The six ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier falls on the crowd below resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others.
- 1948Chiang Kai-shek elected to be the first President of the Republic of China.
- 1949In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established.
- 1965PIA 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.
- 1990The first post-Communist presidential and parliamentary elections are held in Romania.
Who were born on May 20?
- 1882Sigrid Undset, Norwegian author, Nobel laureate (d. 1949)
- 1899Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (d. 1969)
- 1919George Gobel, American comedian (d. 1991)
- 1929Ahmed Hamdi, Egyptian soldier, who fought in Yom Kippur(d. 1973)
- 1940Sadaharu Oh, Japanese baseball player
- 1955Zbigniew Preisner, Polish film composer
- 1959Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer (d. 1997)
- 1959Susan Cowsill, American musician
- 1972Busta Rhymes, American rapper and actor
- 1977Leonardo Noeren Franco, Argentine footballer
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