May 20 Holidays

May 20 Holidays & National Days & Fun Days | May 20 Calendar

May 20th Daily Holidays include:

  • Armed Forces Day – May 20, 2023 (Third Saturday in May)
  • Culture Freedom Day – May 20, 2023 (Third Saturday in May)
  • Do Dah Day (Salute to Silliness) – May 20, 2023 (Third Saturday in May)
  • Eliza Doolittle Day
  • Emancipation Day (Florida)
  • Everybody Draw Mohammed Day
  • Flower Day
  • International Clinical Trials Day
  • Josephine Baker Day
  • National Be a Millionaire Day
  • National Learn to Swim Day – May 20, 2023 (Third Saturday of May – week before Memorial Day)
  • National Quiche Lorraine Day
  • National Rescue Dog Day
  • National River Cleanup Day – May 20, 2023 (Third Saturday in May)
  • Pick Strawberries Day
  • Plant a Lemon Tree Day – May 20, 2023 (Third Saturday in May)
  • Preakness – May 20, 2023 (Third Saturday in May)
  • Weights and Measure Day
  • World Autoimmune Arthritis Day
  • World Bee Day
  • World Fiddle Day – May 20, 2023 (Third Saturday in May)
  • World Metrology Day
  • World Whiskey Day – May 20, 2023 (Third Saturday in May)

May 20: Famous Birthdays

  • May 20, 1759 – Dr. William Thornton, British-America physician and architect who designed the United States Capitol building in Washington D.C. (d. 1828)
  • May 20, 1768 – Dolley Payne Madison, American wife of James Madison, she was the 4th First Lay of the United States from 1809-1817 (d. 1849)
  • May 20, 1772 – Sir William Congreve, 2nd Baronet, English inventor who designed Congreve rockets (d. 1828)
  • May 20, 1818 – William Fargo, American businessman and politician who co-founded Wells Fargo and American Express (d. 1881)
  • May 20, 1851 – Emile Berliner, German-American inventor who invented the flat phonograph record (d. 1929)
  • May 20, 1908 – James Stewart, American actor and singer (Wonderful Life). He also had a distinguished military career, and was a World War II and Vietnam War veteran, who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve.
  • May 20, 1913 – William Hewlett, American engineer who co-founded Hewlett-Packard Co. (d. 2001)
  • May 20, 1936 – Anthony Zerbe, American actor (License to Kill, Matrix films)
  • May 20, 1944 – Joe Cocker, English singer and songriter (Little Help From My Friends)
  • May 20, 1946 – Cher, American singer and actress (Sonny & Cher)
  • May 20, 1964 – Charles Spencer, brother of Diana, Princess of Wales

May 20: Historical Events

  • May 20, 526 – An earthquake kills about 250,000 people in the area that is now Syria and Antiochia
  • May 20, 1861 – The State of Kentucky proclaims it’s neutrality which lasts until September 3rd, when Confederate forces enter the state.
  • May 20, 1861 – North Carolina becomes the 11th and last state to secede from the Union
  • May 20, 1862 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law which provides cheap land for settlement of the West
  • May 20, 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets
  • May 20, 1875 – The International Bureau of Weights and Measures forms by treaty
  • May 20, 1882 – Germany, Austria-Hungary, and France sign the Triple Alliance
  • May 20, 1892 – George Sampson patents the clothes dryer
  • May 20, 1902 – Cuba gains independence from the United States
  • May 20, 1916 – The Saturday Evening Post debuts with its first cover featuring a Norman Rockwell paining (Boy With Baby Carriage)
  • May 20, 1926 – The Railway Labor Act becomes law in the U.S.
  • May 20, 1927 – Charles Lindberg takes off from New York to cross the Atlantic Ocean for Paris.
  • May 20, 1932 – Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to begin the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot. She lands in Ireland the next day.
  • May 20, 1949 – The Armed Forces Security Agency is formed in the U.S.
  • May 20, 1959 – Japanese-Americans regain their citizenship
  • May 20, 1990 – The Hubble Space Telescope sends its 1st photograph’s from space
  • May 20, 2013 – Yahoo purchases Tumbler for $1.1 Billion

May 20: Music Events

  • May 20, 1954 – Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and His Comets is released, but doesn’t become a hit until it is used in the movie Blackboard Jungle, a year later
  • May 20, 1967 – Groovin by The Young Rascals hits #1
  • May 20, 1970 – The Beatles movie Let it Be premiers in the UK
  • May 20, 1978 – With a Little Luck from Wings, hits #1
  • May 20, 1978 – The Buddy Holly Story, starring Gary Busey, opens in Holly’s hometown of Lubbock, Texas
  • May 20, 2001 – Reveal by R.E.M. hits #1 on the UK album chart and stays at the top for 2 weeks
  • May 20, 2007 – Linkin Park’s album Minutes to Midnight hits #1 on the UK album chart.

May 20: Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for May 20 is Taurus.

May Birthstone:

What is the May Birthstone? Emerald

As the birthstone for May, the emerald, a symbol of rebirth, is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth.


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