On This Day in History for February 20 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 139 of 139

  • 1979 29th Berlin International Film Festival: "David" wins the Golden Bear
  • 1981 Flight readiness firing of Columbia's main engines; 20 seconds
  • 1981 James Sanford equals 50m indoor world record (5.61 sec)
  • 1983 Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)
  • 1983 25th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (155.979 MPH)
  • 1986 LA Dodger Orel Hershiser is 1st to win a $1M salary by arbitration
  • 1987 Bomb blamed on Unabomber explodes by computer store in Salt Lake City
  • 1987 37th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Theme" wins the Golden Bear
  • 1988 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro Brazil
  • 1988 Andre Hoffmann skates world record 1500m (1:52.06)
  • 1988 Kelly Hrudy's 5th Islander shut-out win-Hartford 3-0

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1988 Peter Kalikow purchases NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • 1988 Rob Druppers runs world record indoor 1000m (2:16.2)
  • 1989 Members of 1949 Oklahoma football team cancelled an April reunion because of deplorable conduct of Oklahoma players
  • 1989 An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England
  • 1991 A gigantic statue of Albania's long-time dictator, Enver Hoxha, is brought down in the Albanian capital, Tirana, by mobs of angry protesters.
  • 1992 Orthodox patriarch Shenouda III visits Netherlands
  • 1992 Ross Perot says he'll run for President on Larry King Show
  • 1994 3 Afghans take 70 Pakistani children hostage
  • 1994 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 10 km (13:30.55)

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1994 Pope John Paul II demands juristic discrimination of homosexuals

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1994 36th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins (156.931 MPH)
  • 1998 UN Sec-Gen Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations
  • 2000 42nd Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett wins (155.669 MPH)
  • 2001 The United States Supreme Court declines to consider an appeal by five major oil companies against Unocal's patent on production of cleaner "reformulated" gasoline sold in California
  • 2002 In Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire on a train injures over 65 and kills at least 370.
  • 2003 During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 300 others.
  • 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.
  • 2005 47th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (135.173 MPH)
  • 2010 On the Portuguese Atlantic island of Madeira heavy rain causes floods and mudslides, leaving at least 32 deaths in the worst disaster on the history of the archipelago.
  • 2011 53rd Daytona 500: Trevor Bayne wins (130.326 MPH)
  • 2012 South Korea angers North Korea as it proceeds with live fire drills in disputed Korean sea borders
  • 2012 Scientists successfully regenerate Silene stenophylla from a 31,800 year old piece of fruit, greatly surpassing the previous record of 2,000 years
  • 2013 Estonia becomes the first country to establish a national system of fast chargers for electric cars
  • 2013 Kepler-37b, the smallest known exoplanet, is discovered

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2016 Jeb Bush suspends his presidential campaign

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush

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2016 US primary elections: Nevada Democratic Primary - Hillary Clinton wins with 52.6%

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • 2016 Gunman goes on random killing spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, killing 6
  • 2016 Tropical Cyclone Winston hits Fiji, killing at least 29 - most powerful storm on record in Southern Hemisphere winds 296 kilometers per hour (184 mph)

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 117 of 117

  • 1953 Carol Cummins, Clintwood Va, 2nd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1954 Patty Hearst Shaw, SF, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya)
  • 1954 Vasili Vasilyevich Tsibliyev, Rus col/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17, TM-25)
  • 1956 Charles Cummins, Clintwood Va, 3rd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1959 Joel Rifkind, NY serial killer
  • 1961 Claudia Cummins, Clintwood Va, 4th of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1962 Kenn Nesbitt, American children's author
  • 1963 Marilisa Xenogiannakopoulou, Greek politician
  • 1963 Jon Lynn Christensen, former Nebraska Congressman
  • 1965 Federica Moro, Carate Brianza Italy, Miss Italy (1982)
  • 1966 Cecilia Cummins, Clintwood Va, 5th of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1968 Ted Hankey, English darts player
  • 1969 Vaginal Davis, American drag queen and performance artist
  • 1970 Cheyenne Brando, Papeete Tahiti, daughter of Marlon
  • 1971 Shalanda Burt, US murderess
  • 1971 Shawn McKenzie, American programmer
  • 1976 Rohan Gavaskar, Left-handed batsman, India ODI 2004 (son of Sunil Gavaskar)

Weddings in History

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Deaths in History

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