About June 20

June 20, 2017 is the 171st day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 194 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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Gemini is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Pearl is the modern birthstone for this month. Moonstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 244 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

June 20: More About This Day

On leap years, this day usually marks the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere.

What Happened On June 20

  • 1214
    The University of Oxford receives its charter.
  • 1605
    After only three months as tsar, 16-year-old Feodor II of Russia is assassinated.
  • 1631
    The sack of Baltimore: the Irish village of Baltimore is attacked by Algerian pirates.
  • 1652
    Tarhoncu Ahmet Paşa is appointed grand vezir of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1782
    The U.S. Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States.
  • 1789
    Deputies of the French Third Estate take the Tennis Court Oath.
  • 1840
    Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph.
  • 1893
    Lizzie Borden is acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother.
  • 1895
    The Kiel Canal, crossing the base of the Jutland peninsula and the busiest artificial waterway in the world, is officially opened.
  • 1921
    Workers of Buckingham and Carnatic Mills in the city of Chennai, India, begin a four-month strike.
  • 1943
    The Detroit Race Riot breaks out and continues for three more days.
  • 1956
    A Venezuelan Super-Constellation crashes in the Atlantic Ocean off Asbury Park, New Jersey, killing 74 people.
  • 1960
    The Mali Federation gains independence from France (it later splits into Mali and Senegal).
  • 1972
    Watergate scandal: An 18½-minute gap appears in the tape recording of the conversations between U.S. President Richard Nixon and his advisers regarding the recent arrests of his operatives while breaking into the Watergate complex.
  • 1973
    Ezeiza massacre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Snipers fire upon left-wing Peronists. At least 13 are killed and more than 300 are injured.
  • 1979
    ABC News correspondent Bill Stewart is shot dead by a Nicaraguan soldier under the regime of Anastasio Somoza Debayle. The murder is caught on tape and sparks an international outcry against the regime.
  • 1982
    The Argentine base (Corbeta Uruguay) on Southern Thule surrenders to Royal Marine commandos in the final action of the Falklands War.
  • 1990
    Asteroid Eureka is discovered.
  • 1991
    The German Bundestag votes to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin.
  • 2003
    The WikiMedia Foundation is founded in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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