On This Day

What Happened on February 20, 2005

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 47th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon able to hold off Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr over 3 extra laps to win his third Daytona 500
  • 54th NBA All-Star Game, Pepsi Center, Denver, CO: East beats West, 125-115; MVP: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers, G
  • 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.

Famous Weddings

  • "Iron Chef America" host Bobby Flay (40) weds former "Law and Order: SVU" actress Stephanie March (30) at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in New York City

Famous Deaths

  • Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas), dies at 67
  • John Raitt, American actor and singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game), dies rom complications due of pneumonia at 88
  • Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)
  • Sandra Dee, American actress (b. 1944)
  • Tom Willmore, English geometer, dies at 85
  • William Gordon Harris, British civil engineer, dies at 92