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 zodiac 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

  • 451
    Battle of Chalons: Flavius Aetius’ battles Attila the Hun. After the battle, which was inconclusive, Attila retreats, causing the Romans to interpret it as a victory.
  • 1631
    The sack of Baltimore: the Irish village of Baltimore is attacked by Algerian pirates.
  • 1756
    A British garrison is imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta.
  • 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.
  • 1819
    The U.S. vessel SS Savannah arrives at Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. She is the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, although most of the journey is made under sail.
  • 1837
    Queen Victoria succeeds to the British throne.
  • 1840
    Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph.
  • 1862
    Barbu Catargiu, the Prime Minister of Romania, is assassinated.
  • 1877
    Alexander Graham Bell installs the world’s first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1919
    150 die at the Teatro Yaguez fire, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
  • 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.
  • 1948
    Toast of the Town, later The Ed Sullivan Show, makes its television debut.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2009
    During the Iranian election protests, the death of Neda Agha-Soltan is captured on video and spreads virally on the Internet, making it “probably the most widely witnessed death in human history”.

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