On This Day

What Happened on February 20, 1975

Historical Events

  • A feud begins between the official Irish Republican Army and the Irish National Liberation Army; the two groups assassinate a number of each other's volunteers until the feud ends in June 1975
  • Leonard Baichan scores 105* on Test Cricket debut, v Pakistan Lahore
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Brendan Witt, Humboldt, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • Brian Littrell, American pop (Backstreet Boys), and Christian music singer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Ismael Kirui, Marakwet Kenya, 5k runner
  • Liván Hernández, Cuban baseball player

Famous Deaths

  • Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, American bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 76
  • Lillian Fontaine, actress (Suddenly it's Spring), dies at 88
  • Robert Strauss, American actor (Stalag 17, The Seven Year Itch), dies from a stroke at 61
1975 Highlights

About February 20, 1975

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 46 years, 8 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Pisces