On This Day

On This Day in History for February 20 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1988 Andre Hoffmann skates world record 1500m (1:52.06)
  • 1988 Kelly Hrudy's 5th Islander shut-out win-Hartford 3-0

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1988 Peter Kalikow purchases NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch
  • 1988 Rob Druppers runs world record indoor 1000m (2:16.2)
  • 1989 Members of 1949 Oklahoma football team cancel an April reunion because of the deplorable conduct of Oklahoma players
  • 1989 An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England

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1991 A gigantic statue of Albania's long-time dictator, Enver Hoxha, is brought down in the Albanian capital, Tirana, by mobs of angry protesters

Dictator of Albania Enver Hoxha
Dictator of Albania
Enver Hoxha
  • 1992 Orthodox patriarch Shenouda III visits Netherlands
  • 1994 3 Afghans take 70 Pakistani children hostage
  • 1994 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 10 km (13:30.55)

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1994 Pope John Paul II demands juristic discrimination of homosexuals

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

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1998 UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
UN Secretary-General
Kofi Annan
  • 2001 The United States Supreme Court declines to consider an appeal by five major oil companies against Unocal's patent on production of cleaner "reformulated" gasoline sold in California
  • 2002 In Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire on a train injures over 65 and kills at least 370.
  • 2005 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.
  • 2010 On the Portuguese Atlantic island of Madeira heavy rain causes floods and mudslides, leaving at least 32 deaths in the worst disaster on the history of the archipelago.

  • 2012 South Korea angers North Korea as it proceeds with live fire drills in disputed Korean sea borders
  • 2012 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
  • 2013 Estonia becomes the first country to establish a national system of fast chargers for electric cars
  • 2013 Kepler-37b, the smallest known exoplanet, is discovered

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2016 Jeb Bush suspends his presidential campaign

Governor of Florida Jeb Bush
Governor of Florida
Jeb Bush

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • 2016 Gunman goes on random killing spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, killing 6
  • 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

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

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 2018 Venezuela becomes the first country to launch a virtual currency, the petro, to counteract their financial crisis

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

Romantic Painter J. M. W. Turner
Romantic Painter
J. M. W. Turner
Economist and Philosopher Adam Smith
Economist and Philosopher
Adam Smith
  • 2020 Trump associate Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months imprisonment for obstructing a congressional investigation
  • 2021 Bloodiest day of protests in Myanmar since its coup after security forces open fire, killing two people with 40 wounded in Mandalay

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

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden

Birthdays in History

  • 1953 Carol Cummins, Clintwood Va, 2nd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1954 Patty Hearst Shaw, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1954 Vasili Vasilyevich Tsibliyev, Russian colonel and cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17, TM-25), born in Orekhovka, Crimea, USSR
  • 1956 Charles Cummins, Clintwood Va, 3rd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1961 Claudia Cummins, Clintwood Va, 4th of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1962 Kenn Nesbitt, American children's author
  • 1963 Marilisa Xenogiannakopoulou, Greek politician
  • 1963 Jon Lynn Christensen, former Nebraska Congressman
  • 1965 Federica Moro, Carate Brianza Italy, Miss Italy (1982)
  • 1966 Cecilia Cummins, Clintwood Va, 5th of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1969 Vaginal Davis, American drag queen, author and performance artist, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Jason Blum, American producer, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions (Whiplash, The Reader, Split), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Cheyenne Brando, Papeete Tahiti, daughter of Marlon
  • 1971 Shalanda Burt, US murderess
  • 1971 Shawn McKenzie, American programmer
  • 1981 Adrián Lamo, American threat analyst and hacker (NYT, Yahoo!, Microsoft) who reported Chelsea Manning to the FBI, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)

Weddings in History


Deaths in History