Listed here are significant events relating to geography that occurred on May 20. To suggest an event, please fill out the ‘This Day in Geography’ form.
- Theatrum Orbis Terrarium, widely considered to be the first modern atlas is published. Latin for “Theatre of the World”, the atlas was created by Abraham Ortelius, Flemish/Netherlandish geographer. The atlas contained 53 maps produced by 33 cartographers not including Ortelius himself.