About February 20

February 20, 2021 is the 51st day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 314 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Pisces is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 346 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 20

  • 1339
    The Milanese army and the St. George’s (San Giorgio) Mercenaries of Lodrisio Visconti clashed in the Battle of Parabiago.
  • 1547
    Edward VI of England is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.
  • 1685
    René-Robert Cavelier establishes Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France’s claim to Texas.
  • 1792
    The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington.
  • 1813
    Manuel Belgrano defeats the royalist army of Pío de Tristán during the Battle of Salta.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Olustee occurs – the largest battle fought in Florida during the war.
  • 1873
    The University of California opens its first medical school in San Francisco, California.
  • 1931
    The Congress of the United States approves the construction of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge by the state of California.
  • 1933
    The Congress of the United States proposes the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution that will end Prohibition in the United States.
  • 1944
    World War II: The “Big Week” began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.
  • 1959
    The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
  • 1962
    Mercury program: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes.
  • 1965
    Ranger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.
  • 1985
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Ox in Chinese astrology.
  • 1987
    Unabomber: In Salt Lake City, a bomb explodes in a computer store.
  • 1988
    The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast votes to secede from Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the Nagorno-Karabakh War.
  • 1991
    A gigantic statue of Albania’s long-time leader, Enver Hoxha, is brought down in the Albanian capital Tirana, by mobs of angry protesters.
  • 2005
    Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout.
  • 2009
    Two Tamil Tigers aircraft packed with C4 explosives en-route to the national airforce headquarters are shot down by the Sri Lankan military before reaching their target, in a kamikaze style attack.
  • 2010
    In Madeira Island, Portugal, heavy rain causes floods and mudslides, resulting in at least 43 deaths, in the worst disaster in the history of the archipelago.

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