Tuesday, the 20th of May, 2014 is the 140th day in 2014 and in the 21st calendar week.
General Events:
Be a Millionaire Day
May 20, 2014 in the World
It’s Be a Millionaire Day! Today is the perfect opportunity to dream big and imagine what life would be like as a millionaire! While a million dollars may not be what it used to be, seeing a seven-figure number in your bank account is still considered a major financial milestone.
A millionaire is an individual whose net worth or wealth is equal to or exceeds one million units of currency. It can also be a person who owns one million units of currency in a bank account or savings account.
The first multi-millionaire in the United States was John Jacob Astor (1763 – 1848). Astor made his fortune in trade and later established the first trust in American history. His great-grandson, John Jacob Astor IV, was the wealthiest person aboard the Titanic.
While millionaires constitute only a small percentage of the population, they hold substantial control over economic resources with the most powerful and prominent individuals usually ranking among them. Also, the total amount of money held by millionaires can equal the same amount of money held by a far higher number of poor people.
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Day of Remembrance in Cambodia
May 20, 2014 in Cambodia
Day of Remembrance in Cambodia is observed on May 20, 2014. The Day of Remembrance, formerly called the National Day of Hatred is an annual event in Cambodia. It commemorates the excesses of the Khmer Rouge regime that ruled the country between 1975 and 1979.
Where is Day of Remembrance in Cambodia?
Nationwide Cambodia
World Metrology Day
May 20, 2014 in the World
World Metrology Day takes place on May 20, 2014. World Metrology Day celebrates the signature by representatives of seventeen nations of The Metre Convention on 20 May 1875. The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal application. The original aim of the Metre Convention – the worldwide uniformity of measurement – remains as important today as it was in 1875.
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Pick Strawberries Day
May 20, 2014 in the World
Pick Strawberries Day is celebrated on May 20, 2014. The day invites you to go outside in the garden or on the field to pick fresh strawberries. Strawberries are popular and rewarding plants to grow in the domestic environment, be it for consumption or exhibition purposes, almost anywhere in the world.
The strawberry fruit is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in prepared foods such as preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, milkshakes, and chocolates.
This fruit is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of folate and potassium, and a very good source of dietary fiber, and manganese. Just one serving of about eight strawberries provides more vitamin C than an orange. The strawberry is among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity.
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Historical Events:
1217 – The Second Battle of Lincoln is fought near Lincoln, England, resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke.
1293 – Earthquake strikes Kamakura Japan, 30,000 killed
1310 – Shoes were made for both right & left feet
1501 – Joao da Nova Castell discovers Ascension Islands
1609 – Shakespeare’s Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.
1631 – Magdeburg in Germany seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire under earl Johann Tilly, most inhabitants massacred, one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years’ War.
1774 – Britain gives Quebec, Labrador & territory north of Ohio
1830 – D Hyde patents fountain pen
1845 – HMS Erebus and HMS Terror with 134 men under John Franklin sail from the River Thames in England, beginning a disastrous expedition to find the Northwest Passage. All hands are lost.
1864 – Spotsylvania-campaign ends after 10,920 killed/injured
1867 – British parliament rejects John Stuart Mills law on women’s suffrage
1870 – Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament abolishes capital punishment in The Netherlands
1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent first blue jeans with copper rivets
1875 – International Bureau of Weights & Measures forms by treaty
1882 – St Gotthard-railroad tunnel between Switzerland & Italy opens
1891 – History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope.
1892 – George Sampson patents clothes dryer
1902 – Cuba gains independence from Spain
1902 – US military occupation of Cuba (since Jan 1, 1899) ends
1918 – 1st electrically propelled warship (New Mexico)
1926 – Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies
1927 – Saudi Arabia becomes independent of Great Britain (Treaty of Jedda)
1932 – Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland 1st woman fly solo across Atlantic
1948 – 1st use of Israeli Air Force & 1st war victory, defeating Syrian army
1954 – Chiang Kai-shek becomes president of Nationalist China
1959 – Japanese-Americans regain their citizenship
1972 – Cameroon adopts its constitution
1980 – 710 families in Love Canal area (Niagara Falls NY) are evacuated
1980 – In a referendum, 59.5% of Quebec voters reject separatism
1989 – China declares martial law in Beijing
1990 – Hubble Space Telescope sends 1st photograph’s from space
1993 – 10m meteor comes within 150,000 km of Earth (1993KA)
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 was the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976).