- February 20 is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
- There are 314 days remaining until the end of the year (315 in leap years).
- The preceding day is February 19
- Next day is February 21.
February 20th Deaths (Here)
February 20 Events:
1472 – Orkney & Shetland are left to Scotland by Norway - result of a dowry payment.
1547 – Edward VI of England is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.
1792 – The Postal Service Act is signed by President George Washington - establishing the United States Post Office Department.
1798 – Louis Alexandre Berthier removes Pope Pius VI from power.
1810 – Andreas Hofer (Tirolean patriot & leader of rebellion against Napoleon's forces) is executed.
1835 – Concepción, Chile is destroyed by an earthquake.
1864 – Battle of Olustee occurs (American Civil War).
1872 – Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City opens.
1873 – University of California opens its 1st medical school in San Francisco.
1901 – Hawaii Territory legislature convenes for the first time.
1909 – Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in Le Figaro.
1913 – King O'Malley marks commencement of work on the construction of Canberra.
1931 – The Congress of the United States approves the construction of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge in California.
1933 – Congress of the United States proposes the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution - ends US Prohibition.
1942 – Lieutenant Edward O'Hare becomes America's first World War II flying ace.
1943 – American movie studio executives allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.
1943 – Parícutin volcano begins to form in Parícutin, Mexico.
1944 – The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers (World War II).
1944 – The United States takes Eniwetok Island (World War II).
1959 – The Avro Arrow program in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
1962 – Mercury program - aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the 1st American to orbit the earth.
1965 – Ranger 8 crashes into the moon - following successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program.
1976 – The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands.
1987 – Salt Lake City, a bomb explodes in a computer store (from Unabomber).
1989 – IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England
1991 – Enver Hoxha's statue is brought down in the Albanian capital Tirana by angry protesters.
1998 – Tara Lipinski (American figure skater) becomes the youngest gold-medalist at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
2005 – Spain is 1st country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union.
2009 – Two Tamil Tigers aircraft (kamikaze style attack) packed with C4 explosives en-route to the national airforce headquarters were shot down by the Sri Lankan military.
2010 – In Madeira Island, Portugal, heavy rain causes floods & mudslides.
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