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 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)
- 1498Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.
- 1631The 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.
- 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
- 1873Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
- 1902Cuba gains independence from the United States. Tomás Estrada Palma becomes the country’s first President.
- 1920Montreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasts the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America.
- 1927Treaty of Jedda: the United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, which later merge to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- 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.
- 1980In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a 60% vote the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada.
Who were born on May 20?
- 1883King Faisal I of Iraq (d. 1933)
- 1899Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (d. 1969)
- 1899John Marshall Harlan II, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1971)
- 1913William Hewlett, American engineer (d. 2001)
- 1918Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (d. 2004)
- 1927Bud Grant, American football coach
- 1929Ahmed Hamdi, Egyptian soldier, who fought in Yom Kippur(d. 1973)
- 1950Reinaldo Merlo, Argentine footballer
- 1954Robert Van de Walle, Belgian judoka
- 1981Iker Casillas, Spanish footballer
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