On This Day

What Happened on February 20

Historical Events

  • 1792 US postal service created, postage 6-12 cents depending on distance
  • 1872 New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art opens

Feb 20 in Film & TV

Feb 20 in Music

  • 1816 Gioachino Rossini's comic opera "Barber of Seville" premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome, Italy

Feb 20 in Sport

  • 1953 US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling

Did You Know?

Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment

On February 20, 1472

Would You Believe?

Scientists successfully regenerate the flowering plant, Silene stenophylla from a 31,800 year old piece of fruit, greatly surpassing the previous record of 2,000 years

On February 20, 2012

Famous Weddings

  • 1968 Comedian John Cleese (Monty Python) marries actress Connie Booth
  • 1977 World No. 1 tennis player Arthur Ashe (33) weds photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy in New York City
  • 1980 Actress Susan Dey (LA Law) weds producer Bernard Sofronski

Famous Divorces

  • 1974 American singer and actress Cher (27) files for separation from husband singer-songwriter Sonny Bono (38)
  • 2007 "Baywatch" actress Carmen Electra (34) divorces rocker Dave Navarro (39) due to irreconcilable differences after less than three years of marriage

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