May 20: Day of the Week
May 20, 2020 was the 141st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 225 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.
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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)
- 526An earthquake kills about 300,000 people in Syria and Antiochia.
- 1497John Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship Ship looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date).
- 1521Battle of Pampeluna: Ignatius Loyola is seriously wounded.
- 1609Shakespeare’s sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
- 1775Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence signed in Charlotte, North Carolina
- 1882The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy is formed.
- 1941World War II: Battle of Crete – German paratroops invade Crete.
- 1956In Operation Redwing (shot Cherokee), the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean;
- 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.
- 1969The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ends.
Who were born on May 20?
- 1726Francis Cotes, English painter (d. 1770)
- 1838Jules Méline, French statesman (d. 1925)
- 1860Eduard Buchner, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1917)
- 1899John Marshall Harlan II, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1971)
- 1918Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (d. 2004)
- 1947Greg Dyke, British broadcast executive
- 1971Tony Stewart, American race car driver
- 1975Mark Zupan, American wheelchair rugby player and actor
- 1979Jayson Werth, American baseball player
- 1981Lindsay Taylor, American basketball player
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