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What Happened on February 20th This Day in History

Year Name
2016 Six people are killed and two injured in multiple shooting incidents in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
2015 Two trains collide in the Swiss town of Rafz resulting in as many as 49 people injured and Swiss Federal Railways cancelling some services.
2014 Dozens of Euromaidan anti-government protesters died in Ukraine's capital Kiev, many reportedly killed by snipers.
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.
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.
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.
2003 During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the Station nightclub ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 200 others.
1998 American figure skater Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest gold-medalist at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
1991 In the Albanian capital Tirana, a gigantic statue of Albania's long-time leader, Enver Hoxha, is brought down by mobs of angry protesters.
1988 The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast votes to secede from Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the Nagorno-Karabakh War.
1986 The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft. Remaining in orbit for 15 years, it is occupied for ten of those years.
1979 An earthquake cracks open the Sinila volcanic crater on the Dieng Plateau, releasing poisonous H2S gas and killing 149 villagers in the Indonesian province of Central Java.
1971 The United States Emergency Broadcast System is accidentally activated in an erroneous national alert.
1965 Ranger 8 crashes into the Moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.
1962 Mercury program: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in four hours, 55 minutes.
1959 The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
1956 The United States Merchant Marine Academy becomes a permanent Service Academy.
1952 Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.
1944 World War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.
1944 World War II: The United States takes Eniwetok Island.
1943 American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.
1943 The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms in support of United States President Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union address theme of Four Freedoms.
1942 Lieutenant Edward O'Hare becomes America's first World War II flying ace.
1935 Caroline Mikkelsen becomes the first woman to set foot in Antarctica.
1933 The U.S. Congress approves the Blaine Act to repeal federal Prohibition in the United States, sending the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution to state ratifying conventions for approval.
1933 Adolf Hitler secretly meets with German industrialists to arrange for financing of the Nazi Party's upcoming election campaign.
1931 The U.S. Congress approves the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge by the state of California.
1920 An earthquake kills between 114 and 130 in Georgia and heavily damages the town of Gori.
1913 King O'Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra.
1909 Publication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal Le Figaro.
1901 The legislature of Hawaii Territory convenes for the first time.
1877 Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake receives its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
1872 The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York City.
1865 End of the Uruguayan War, with a peace agreement between President Tomás Villalba and rebel leader Venancio Flores, setting the scene for the destructive War of the Triple Alliance.
1864 American Civil War: Battle of Olustee: The largest battle fought in Florida during the war.
1846 Polish insurgents lead an uprising in Kraków to incite a fight for national independence.
1835 The 1835 Concepción earthquake destroys Concepción, Chile.
1816 Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.
1813 Manuel Belgrano defeats the royalist army of Pío de Tristán during the Battle of Salta.
1798 Louis-Alexandre Berthier removes Pope Pius VI from power.
1792 The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by United States President George Washington.
1685 René-Robert Cavelier establishes Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France's claim to Texas.
1547 Edward VI of England is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.
1472 Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark.
1339 The Milanese army and the St. George's (San Giorgio) Mercenaries of Lodrisio Visconti clash in the Battle of Parabiago; Visconti is defeated.
Famous People Born on February 20

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Year Name
1963 Ian Brown, English singer-songwriter and musician
1937 Robert Huber, German biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1923 Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress (d. 2004)
1792 Eliza Courtney, French daughter of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (d. 1859)
1951 Randy California, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1997)
1946 J. Geils, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2017)
1967 Paul Accola, Swiss alpine skier
1945 Alan Hull, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1995)
1944 Lew Soloff, American trumpet player, composer, and actor (d. 2015)
1936 Larry Hovis, American actor and singer (d. 2003)
Famous People Deaths On February 20

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Date Name
2005 John Raitt, American actor and singer (b. 1917)
2006 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (b. 1919)
1054 Yaroslav the Wise, grand prince of Veliky Novgorod and Kiev (b. 978)
1999 Gene Siskel, American journalist and critic (b. 1946)
1431 Pope Martin V (b. 1368)
1993 Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian businessman, founded Lamborghini (b. 1916)
1957 Sadri Maksudi Arsal, Turkish scholar and politician (b. 1878)
2008 Emily Perry, English actress and dancer (b. 1907)
2013 David S. McKay, American biochemist and geologist (b. 1936)
2015 Henry Segerstrom, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1923)