About February 20

February 20, 2020 is the 51st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 315 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 358 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 20

  • 1472
    Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark.
  • 1685
    René-Robert Cavelier establishes Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France’s claim to Texas.
  • 1810
    Andreas Hofer, Tirolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleon’s forces, is executed.
  • 1835
    Concepción, Chile is destroyed by an earthquake.
  • 1877
    The world’s first professional sports league, the International Association for Professional Base Ball Players is founded in Pittsburgh.
  • 1909
    Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal Le Figaro.
  • 1913
    King O'Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra.
  • 1920
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Monkey in Chinese astrology.
  • 1931
    The Congress of the United States approves the construction of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge by the state of California.
  • 1933
    Adolf Hitler secretly meets with German industrialists to arrange for financing of the Nazi Party’s upcoming election campaign.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    Lieutenant Edward O'Hare becomes America’s first World War II flying ace.
  • 1944
    World War II: The “Big Week” began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.
  • 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.
  • 1988
    The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast votes to secede from Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the Nagorno-Karabakh War.
  • 1989
    An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England
  • 2003
    During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 200 others.
  • 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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