- 1792 US postal service created, postage 6 cents - 12 cents depending on distance
- 1816 Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome
- 1938 UK Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigns, says Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain appeased Germany
- 1947 Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence.
- 1971 Major General Idi Amin Dada appoints himself president of Uganda
Scientists successfully regenerate Silene stenophylla from a 31,800 year old piece of fruit, greatly surpassing the previous record of 2,000 years
On February 20, 2012