On This Day

What Happened on May 20, 2002

Historical Events

  • 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)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestStephen Jay Gould

Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist and popular science writer, dies of cancer at 60

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould

2002 Highlights

About May 20, 2002

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 18 years, 6 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Taurus