What Happened on February 20

Significant Events

  • 1792 US postal service created, postage 6-12 cents depending on distance
  • 1872 New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art opens
  • 1873 British Naval Officer John Moresby discovers the site of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and claims it for Britain
  • 1938 UK Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigns stating Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain has appeased Nazi Germany
  • 1947 Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence
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February 20 in Film & TV

February 20 in Music

  • 1816 Gioacchino Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome

February 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
  • 1989 Police violence victim Rodney King (23) weds Crystal Lynnette Waters
  • 1998 The warrior monk "Kung Fu" actor David Carradine (61) weds actress Marina Benjamin (45) on the Laramie Street on the back lot of Warner Bros. Studio

Famous Divorces

  • 1974 Cher files for separation from husband Sonny Bono
  • 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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