May 20: Day of the Week
May 20, 2019 was the 140th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 225 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is lunes.
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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.
- 1840York Minster is badly damaged by fire
- 1862U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law.
- 1873Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
- 1884Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo becomes the king of the Zulu Nation.
- 1916The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (Boy with Baby Carriage).
- 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.
- 1956In Operation Redwing (shot Cherokee), the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean;
- 1969The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ends.
- 1989The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Who were born on May 20?
- 1315Bonne of Luxembourg, wife of John II of France (d. 1349)
- 1799Honoré de Balzac, French novelist (d. 1850)
- 1911Gardner Fox, American writer (d. 1986)
- 1923Edith Fellows, American actress d. 2011
- 1941John Strasberg, American actor
- 1944Boudewijn de Groot, Dutch singer
- 1947Greg Dyke, British broadcast executive
- 1967Ramzi Yousef, Kuwaiti-born Pakistani terrorist
- 1977Matt Czuchry, American actor
- 1984Kenny Vasoli, American singer and bassist (The Starting Line)
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