May 20 is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 225 days remaining until the end of the year. There are many by great and memorable events that have occurred on on this day, these are just a few.

  • May 20 is also known as:
    • National Be a Millionaire Day 
      • Day to start turning dreams into reality.
      • Start a savings account.  If you have an existing savings account
      • Review your financial portfolio with a trusted expert.
      • Review your investments – Look at ways of improving your investments.
      • Add to your 401K – If you do not have one, start one.
      • Pay off your credit card.
      • Review your spending habits.  Find ways to “spend less and save more
      • Celebrate this day by using #BeAMillionaireDay to post on social media
    • National Pick Strawberries Day
      • Great time to gather a bunch of friends and family and go out and pick some strawberries.
      • Strawberries have many great health benefits, and they taste great.
      • The first strawberries were grown in France in the late 18th century.  Prior to the 18th century, wild strawberries were collected and commonly used as a fruit source.
      • Celebrate this day by using #PickStrawberriesDay to post on social media.
  • Historical Events
    • On May 20 1570  Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issues Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern atlas.
    • On May 20 1874 Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets
    • On May 20 1862 U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law.
    • On May 20 1882 The Triple Alliance between the German Empire, Austria-Hungary and the Kingdom of Italy is formed.
    • On May 20 1896  The six-ton chandelier of the Palais Garnier falls on the crowd below resulting in the death of one and the injury of many others.
    • On May 20 1899 The first traffic ticket in the US: New York City taxi driver Jacob German was arrested for speeding while driving 12 miles per hour on Lexington Street.
    • On May 20 1916 The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (Boy with Baby Carriage).
    • On May 20 1927  At 07:52 Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world’s first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 22:22 the next day.
    • On May 20 1932  Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.
    • On May 20 1956 In Operation Redwing, the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
    • On May 20 1989 The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
    • On May 20 1993 the final episode of “Cheers” was aired on NBC-TV
    • On May 20 2006 Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) tied Babe Ruth for second place the his 714 career home run
    • On May 20 2013  An EF5 tornado strikes the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, killing 24 people and injuring 377 others.
  • Birthdays
    • Rachel Platten (35)
    • Cher (70)
    • Busta Rhymes (44)
    • Diamond (28)
    • Tony Stewart (45)
    • James Stewart (1908-1997)
    • Timothy Olyphant (48)
    • Dave Thomas (67)
    • Jayson Werth (37)
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