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February 20 - Deaths

Calendar Date February 20th:
February 20th - Deaths:
702 – K'inich Kan B'alam II - king of the Maya state of Palenque (b. 635)
1154 – Saint Wulfric of Haselbury Plucknett
1171 – Conan IV - Duke of Brittany (b. 1138)
1194 – King Tancred of Sicily (b. 1138)
1258 – Al-Musta'sim - last Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad (b. 1213)
1408 – Henry Percy - 1st Earl of Northumberland, English statesman (b. 1342)
1431 – Pope Martin V (b. 1368)
1524 – Tecún Umán - last leader of the K'iche' (Quiché) Maya people
1579 – Nicholas Bacon - English politician (b. 1509)
1618 – Philip William - Prince of Orange (b. 1554)
1626 – John Dowland - English composer & lutenist (b. 1563)
1762 – Tobias Mayer - German astronomer (b. 1723)
1771 – Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan - French geophysicist (b. 1678)
1773 – King Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia (b. 1701)
1778 – Laura Bassi - Italian scholar (b. 1711)
1790 – Joseph II - Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1741)
1803 – Marie Dumesnil - French actress (b. 1713)
1806 – Lachlan McIntosh - Scottish-born American military & political leader (b. 1725)
1810 – Andreas Hofer - Tyrolean national hero (executed) (b. 1767)
1862 – William Wallace Lincoln - son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln (b. 1850)
1871 – Paul Kane - Irish-born painter (b. 1810)
1893 – P.G.T. Beauregard - American Confederate general (b. 1818)
1895 – Frederick Douglass - American abolitionist writer (b. 1818)
1905 – Jeremiah W. Farnham - American merchant captain
1907 – Henri Moissan - French chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1852)
1916 – Klas Pontus Arnoldson - Swedish writer & pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1844)
1920 – Robert Peary - American explorer (b. 1856)
1936 – Max Schreck - German actor (b. 1879)
1941 – La Bolduc - French Canadian singer & songwriter (b. 1894)
1961 – Percy Grainger - Australian composer (b. 1882)
1963 – Ferenc Fricsay - Hungarian conductor (b. 1914)
1963 – Jacob Gade - Danish composer(b. 1879)
1965 – Fred Immler - German actor (b. 1880)
1966 – Chester Nimitz - American admiral (b. 1885)
1968 – Anthony Asquith - British film director & writer (b. 1902)
1969 – Ernest Ansermet - Swiss conductor (b. 1883)
1970 – Sophie Treadwell - American playwright & journalist (b. 1885)
1972 – Maria Goeppert-Mayer - German physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
1972 – Walter Winchell - American journalist (b. 1897)
1974 – David Monrad Johansen - Norwegian composer (b. 1888)
1976 – René Cassin - French judge, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1887)
1976 – Kathryn Kuhlman - American evangelist (b. 1907)
1981 – Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg - magazine editor, socialite (b. 1904)
1983 – Fritz Köberle - Austrian-Brazilian physician (b. 1910)
1985 – Clarence "Ducky" Nash - American voice actor (b. 1904)
1992 – Roberto D'Aubuisson - Salvadoran politician (b. 1944)
1992 – Dick York - American actor (b. 1928)
1993 – Ferruccio Lamborghini - Italian automobile manufacturer (b. 1916)
1993 – Ernest L. Massad - U.S. Army general (b. 1908)
1994 – Burt Lancaster - American actor (b. 1913)
1996 – Solomon Asch - American psychologist (b. 1907)
1996 – Tōru Takemitsu - Japanese composer (b. 1930)
1997 – Zachary Breaux - American jazz guitarist (b. 1960)
1999 – Sarah Kane - English playwright (b. 1971)
1999 – Gene Siskel - American film critic (b. 1946)
2000 – Anatoly Sobchak - Russian politician (b. 1937)
2001 – Rosemary DeCamp - American actress (b. 1910)
2003 – Maurice Blanchot - French author (b. 1907)
2003 – Orville Freeman - American politician (b. 1918)
2003 – Harry Jacunski - American football player (b. 1915)
2003 – Ty Longley - American guitarist (Great White) (b. 1971)
2003 – Mushaf Ali Mir - Pakistani Chief of the Air Staff (b. 1947)
2005 – Pam Bricker - American jazz singer & Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)
2005 – Sandra Dee - American actress (b. 1944)
2005 – John Raitt - American actor (b. 1917)
2005 – Hunter S. Thompson - American journalist & author (b. 1937)
2005 – Tom Willmore - English geometer (b. 1919)
2006 – Curt Gowdy - American sportscaster (b. 1919)
2006 – Lucjan Wolanowski - Polish journalist, writer & traveller (b. 1920)
2007 – F. Albert Cotton - American chemist (b. 1930)
2007 – Carl-Henning Pedersen - Danish artist, member of the CoBrA movement (b. 1913)
2008 – Emily Perry - English actress (b. 1907)
2009 – Larry H. Miller - American businessman & owner of the Utah Jazz (b. 1944)
2010 – Alexander Haig - American soldier & politician (b. 1924)


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February 20 - Births

Calendar Date February 20th:
February 20th - Births:
1631 – Thomas Osborne - 1st Duke of Leeds, English statesman (d. 1712)
1633 – Jan de Baen - Dutch portrait painter (d. 1702)
1745 – Henry James Pye - English poet (d. 1813)
1751 – Johann Heinrich Voß - German poet (d. 1826)
1753 – Louis Alexandre Berthier - French marshal (d. 1815)
1757 – John 'Mad Jack' Fuller - English philanthropist (d. 1834)
1759 – Johann Christian Reil - German physician, founder of psychiatry (d. 1813)
1794 – William Carleton - Irish novelist (d. 1869)
1802 – Charles de Bériot - Belgian violinist (d. 1870)
1819 – Alfred Escher - Swiss politician, railroad entrepreneur (d. 1882)
1839 – Benjamin Waugh - American minister; founder of the NSPCC (d. 1908)
1844 – Ludwig Boltzmann - Austrian physicist (d. 1906)
1844 – Joshua Slocum - Canadian seaman & adventurer (d. 1909)
1848 – Edward Henry Harriman - American railroad executive (d. 1909)
1850 – Nérée Beauchemin - Canadian physician & poet (d. 1931)
1866 – Carl Westman - Swedish architect & designer (d. 1936)
1867 – Louise - Princess Royal & Duchess of Fife (d. 1931)
1880 – Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen - French aristocrat & novelist (d. 1923)
1887 – Vincent Massey - Governor-General of Canada (d. 1967)
1888 – Georges Bernanos - French writer (d. 1948)
1893 – Russel Crouse - American playwright (d. 1966)
1893 – Elizabeth Holloway Marston - American psychologist (d. 1993)
1898 – Enzo Ferrari - Italian automobile manufacturer, designer & racing car driver (d. 1988)
1898 – Jimmy Yancey - American pianist (d. 1951)
1899 – Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney - American businessman (d. 1992)
1901 – Cecil Harmsworth King - English newspaper owner (d. 1987)
1901 – Muhammad Naguib - President of Egypt (d. 1984)
1902 – Ansel Adams - American photographer (d. 1984)
1904 – Alexei Kosygin - Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1980)
1906 – Gale Gordon - American television & radio actor (d. 1995)
1907 – Malcolm Atterbury - American actor (d. 1992)
1912 – Pierre Boulle - French author (d. 1994)
1912 – Muriel Humprhey Brown - American politician (d. 1998)
1913 – Tommy Henrich - American baseball player (d. 2009)
1914 – John Daly - South African–born broadcaster (d. 2001)
1917 – Juan Vicente Torrealba - Venezuelan harpist & composer
1918 – Leonore Annenberg - American Billionaire (d. 2009)
1919 – James O'Meara - British Battle of Britain Spitfire Flying Ace (d. 1974)
1920 – Evgeny Dragunov - Russian weapons designer (d. 1991)
1923 – Forbes Burnham - President of Guyana (d. 1985)
1924 – Gloria Vanderbilt - American socialite & clothing designer
1925 – Robert Altman - American film director (d. 2006)
1925 – Heinz Kluncker - German trade union leader (d. 2005)
1926 – Richard Matheson - American author
1927 – Roy Cohn - American lawyer (d. 1986)
1927 – Ibrahim Ferrer - Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club) (d. 2005)
1927 – Sidney Poitier - American actor
1929 – Amanda Blake - American actress (d. 1989)
1930 – Willie Cunningham - Northern Irish footballer (d. 2007)
1932 – Adrian Cristobal - Filipino writer (d. 2007)
1934 – Bobby Unser - American racing driver
1936 – Marj Dusay - American actress
1936 – Larry Hovis - American actor (d. 2003)
1936 – Shigeo Nagashima - Japanese baseball player & coach
1937 – Robert Huber - German chemist, Nobel laureate
1937 – Roger Penske - American racing driver, race team owner & entrepreneur
1937 – Nancy Wilson - American singer
1938 – Richard Beymer - American actor
1939 – Frank Arundel - English footballer (d.1994)
1940 – Jimmy Greaves - English footballer
1941 – Lim Kit Siang - Democratic Socialist opposition party in Malaysia
1941 – Buffy Sainte-Marie - Canadian singer
1942 – Phil Esposito - Canadian ice hockey player
1942 – Charlie Gillett - British radio DJ
1942 – Mitch McConnell - American politician
1942 – Claude Miller - French film director & screenwriter
1943 – Moshe Cotel - American composer & pianist
1943 – Antonio Inoki - Japanese professional wrestler
1943 – Mike Leigh - British film director
1944 – Robert de Cotret - French Canadian politician (d. 1999)
1944 – Willem van Hanegem - Dutch footballer & coach
1945 – Andrew Bergman - American screenwriter & film director
1945 – Brion James - American actor (d. 1999)
1945 – Annu Kapoor - Indian actor
1946 – Brenda Blethyn - English actress
1946 – Richard Cocciante - French-Italian singer & songwriter
1946 – Sandy Duncan - American singer & actress
1946 – J. Geils - American guitarist (The J. Geils Band)
1947 – André van Duin - Dutch comedian
1947 – Eggert Magnusson - Icelandic football executive
1947 – Peter Osgood - English footballer (d. 2006)
1947 – Peter Strauss - American actor
1948 – Pierre Bouchard - Canadian ice hockey player
1948 – Jennifer O'Neill - Brazilian-born actress
1949 – Ivana Trump - Czech-born American socialite
1950 – Walter Becker - American guitarist (Steely Dan)
1950 – Ken Shimura - Japanese performer & actor
1950 – Tony Wilson - British journalist & impresario (d. 2007)
1951 – Edward Albert - American actor (d. 2006)
1951 – Gordon Brown - Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland
1951 – Randy California - American guitarist (Spirit) (d. 1997)
1951 – Phil Neal - English footballer
1953 – Riccardo Chailly - Italian conductor
1953 – Poison Ivy - American musician (The Cramps)
1954 – Jon Brant - American musician (Cheap Trick)
1954 – Anthony Stewart Head - English actor
1954 – Patty Hearst - American socialite
1956 – Rick Green - Canadian ice hockey player
1956 – Charlie Adler - American voice actor
1957 – Glen Hanlon - Canadian ice hockey coach
1959 – Bill Gullickson - American baseball player
1960 – Joel Hodgson - American comedian (Mystery Science Theater 3000)
1960 – Kee Marcello - Swedish guitarist
1961 – Imogen Stubbs - British actress
1962 – Kenn Nesbitt - American children's author
1963 – Charles Barkley - American basketball player
1963 – Ian Brown - English singer (The Stone Roses)
1963 – Jon Lynn Christensen - former Nebraska Congressman
1963 – Marilisa Xenogiannakopoulou - Greek politician
1964 – French Stewart - American actor
1964 – Rodney Rowland - American actor
1965 – Ron Eldard - American actor
1966 – Cindy Crawford - American model
1967 – Kurt Cobain - American musician (Nirvana) (d. 1994)
1967 – David Herman - American comedian
1967 – Katherine Soucie - American voice actress
1967 – Andrew Shue - American television actor
1967 – Lili Taylor - American actress
1968 – Ted Hankey - English darts player
1969 – Vaginal Davis - American drag queen & performance artist
1969 – Gedo - Japanese professional wrestler
1969 – Danis Tanovic - Bosnian film director & screenwriter
1969 – Tommy Vardell - National Football League fullback
1969 – Siniša Mihajlović - Serbian footballer
1971 – Jari Litmanen - Finnish footballer
1971 – Shawn McKenzie - American programmer
1972 – Brent Gretzky - Canadian ice hockey player
1972 – K-OS - Canadian musician/rapper
1973 – Kimberley Davies - Australian actress
1974 – Ophelie Winter - French actress
1975 – Liván Hernández - Cuban baseball player
1975 – Brian Littrell - American singer (Backstreet Boys)
1976 – Rohan Gavaskar - Left-handed batsman, India ODI 2004 (son of Sunil Gavaskar)
1976 – Ed Graham - English drummer (The Darkness)
1976 – Gail Kim - Canadian professional wrestler
1977 – Bartosz Kizierowski - Polish swimmer
1977 – Stephon Marbury - American basketball player
1977 – T.J. Slaughter - American football player
1977 – Amal Hijazi - Lebanese singer & model
1978 – Lauren Ambrose - American actress
1978 – Jakki Degg - English glamour model/actress
1978 – Jay Hernandez - American actor
1978 – Julia Jentsch - German actress
1980 – Artur Boruc - Polish footballer
1980 – Imanol Harinordoquy - French rugby union footballer
1981 – Tony Hibbert - English footballer
1981 – Chris Thile - American musician
1982 – Jason Hirsh - American baseball player
1983 – Jose Morales - Puerto Rican baseball player
1983 – Justin Verlander - American baseball player
1984 – Brian McCann - American baseball player
1985 – Ryan Sweeney - American baseball player
1985 – Yulia Volkova - Russian singer (t.A.T.u.)
1988 – Rihanna - Barbadian singer
1988 – Jiah Khan - Indian actress


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February 20 - General (Calendar Date)

February 20th - Basic Facts:
  • 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 Births (Here)

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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