On This Day

Historical Events on February 20 (Part 2)

Historic Event

2016 Jeb Bush suspends his presidential campaign

Election of Interest

2016 US primary elections: South Carolina Republican Primary - Donald Trump wins with 32.5%

Election of Interest

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

  • 2016 Gunman goes on random killing spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, killing 6

Music History

2016 4-inch lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector at an auction in Dallas, Texas

  • 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)
  • 2017 Famine is declared in Unity State, South Sudan, affecting 4.9 million
  • 2018 Frenchman Martin Fourcade wins his 3rd gold medal of Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the biathlon mixed relay; also wins 12.5k pursuit & 15k mass start; 5th career gold (2 Sochi 2014)
  • 2018 After winning the Olympic ice dance gold medal in Vancouver (2010), Canadian pair Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir follow their team event gold by taking the ice dance title at the Pyeongchang Winter Games
  • 2018 Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors becomes first female to win Olympic medals in 2 different sports at a single Winter Games (Pyeongchang); 1,000m speed skating gold, 3000m short track relay bronze

Historic Event

2018 Queen of England, Elizabeth II makes surprise appearance at London fashion week

  • 2018 Venezuela becomes the first country to launch a virtual currency, the petro, to counteract their financial crisis
  • 2018 Dutch women’s short track speed skating 3000m relay team skates a world record 4:03.471 in the B Final at the Pyeongchang Olympics; South Korea takes the gold medal in an inferior time, 4:07.361; Dutch win bronze by default

Historic Event

2020 New Bank of England £20 note with painter JMW Turner released, replacing earlier one with economist Adam Smith

  • 2020 Trump associate Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months imprisonment for obstructing a congressional investigation

Australian Open Women's Tennis

2021 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Naomi Osaka of Japan wins her 4th major and second Australian title; beats American Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3

  • 2021 Bloodiest day of protests in Myanmar since its coup after security forces open fire, killing two people with 40 wounded in Mandalay

Historic Event

2021 US President Joe Biden declares a major disaster in Texas as state struggles to cope with aftermath of a crippling winter storm