About June 20

June 20, 2024 is the 172nd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 194 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 223 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

  • 1605
    After only three months as tsar, 16-year-old Feodor II of Russia is assassinated.
  • 1685
    Monmouth Rebellion: James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth declares himself King of England at Bridgwater.
  • 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.
  • 1877
    Alexander Graham Bell installs the world’s first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  • 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.
  • 1900
    Boxer Rebellion: The Imperial Chinese Army begins a 55-day siege of the Legation Quarter in Beijing, China.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    The Holocaust: Kazimierz Piechowski and three others, dressed as members of the SS-Totenkopfverbände, steal an SS staff car and escape from the Auschwitz concentration camp.
  • 1943
    The Detroit Race Riot breaks out and continues for three more days.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Battle of the Philippine Sea concludes with a decisive U.S. naval victory. The lopsided naval air battle is also known as the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot”.
  • 1948
    Toast of the Town, later The Ed Sullivan Show, makes its television debut.
  • 1963
    The so-called “red telephone” is established between the Soviet Union and the United States following the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • 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.
  • 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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