About May 20

May 20, 2022 is the 140th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 225 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Taurus is the sun 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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 247 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 20

  • 325
    The First Council of Nicea – the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church is held.
  • 526
    An earthquake kills about 300,000 people in Syria and Antiochia.
  • 685
    The Battle of Dun Nechtain is fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated.
  • 1609
    Shakespeare’s sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
  • 1631
    The 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.
  • 1802
    By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution
  • 1840
    York Minster is badly damaged by fire
  • 1861
    American Civil War: The state of Kentucky proclaims its neutrality, which will last until September 3 when Confederate forces enter the state. Meanwhile, the State of North Carolina secedes from the Union.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Ware Bottom Church – in the Virginia Bermuda Hundred Campaign, 10,000 troops fight in this Confederate victory.
  • 1875
    Signing of the Metre Convention by 17 nations leading to the establishment of the International System of Units.
  • 1882
    The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy is formed.
  • 1883
    Krakatoa begins to erupt. The volcano’s final and most notable explosion occurs on August 26.
  • 1884
    Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo becomes the king of the Zulu Nation.
  • 1902
    Cuba gains independence from the United States. Tomás Estrada Palma becomes the country’s first President.
  • 1908
    Budi Utomo organization is founded in Dutch East Indies, beginning the Indonesian National Awakening.
  • 1948
    Chiang Kai-shek elected to be the first President of the Republic of China.
  • 1969
    The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ends.
  • 1985
    Radio Martí, part of the Voice of America service, begins broadcasting to Cuba.
  • 1996
    Gay rights: The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Romer v. Evans against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of gays and lesbians.
  • 2002
    The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself is the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).

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