February 20 Events in History - February 20 Birthdays - February 20 Deaths
2015 Creditor nations agree to extend Greece's bailout program by four months as long as required economic reforms continue; new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had campaigned on reversing the reforms but now accepts the terms to avoid financial chaos
2014 German design company Art+Com sues Google, claiming the Internet company infringed on its patented spatial mapping technology by incorporating its features into Google Earth; Art+Com offered to sell the patent to Google in 2006 but wasn't satisfied with Google's offer
2014 The banking industry is losing ground as non-banking companies such as Apple, Google and TMobile develop their own payment methods and financial products that circumvent the need for banking services
2013 Estonia becomes the first country in the world to establish a national electric car charging network , with cars charging in less than 30 minutes
2013 The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences award is established by Mark Zuckerburg of Facebook, Sergey Brin of Google and venture capitalize Yuri Milner; the prize rewards excellence in life sciences, with 11 awards and $3 million in prizes
2012 Scientists regenerated specimens from Silene stenophylla, a 31,800 year old piece of fruit, substantially surpassing previous records for the oldest plant regenerated
2012 IAEA nuclear inspectors hold discussions about Iran's nuclear program in Tehran
2011 Rebel leader Yoweri Museveni continues his 30-year rule after being re-elected President of Uganda; the opposition claims the election was a 'sham'
2011 North Korea raises concerns regarding nuclear testing; reports show they have dug tunnels at a nuclear test site located in Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province
2010 At least 32 people are dead and 68 injured from floods and mudslides on the island of Madeira, Portugal
2008 U.S. Navy destroys a U.S. spy satellite with a missile
2003 Fire at the Station rock club in Rhode Island kills nearly 100
2002 Stove mishap sets Egyption train on fire, kills over 360 people
1998 Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal
1998 U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations
1998 U.S. movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)
1997 "Stanley" opens at Circle in Sq Theater New York City
1997 San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9M 2 year contract
1994 3 Afghans take 70 Pakistani children hostage
1994 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 10 km (13:30.55)
1994 Pope John Paul II demands juristic discrimination of homosexuals
1993 Florida Marlins open their 1st spring training camp
1993 Lisa Walters wins LPGA Itoki Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1993 New York Islanders retire Billy Smith's number 31
1992 "Private Lives" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 37 performances
1992 Orthodox patriarch Shenouda III visits Netherlands
1992 Ross Perot says he'll run for President on Larry King Show
1991 "Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Sq Theater New York City for 78 performances
1991 33rd Grammy Awards: Another Day in Paradise, Mariah Carey
1989 Members of 1949 Oklahoma football team cancelled an April reunion because of deplorable conduct of Oklahoma players
1988 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro Brazil
1988 Andre Hoffmann skates world record 1500m (1:52.06)
1988 Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating
1988 Cornelia Oschkenat hurdles indoor world record 50m (6.58 sec)
1988 Kelly Hrudy's 5th Islander shut-out win-Hartford 3-0
1988 Peter Kalikow purchases New York Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million
1988 Rob Druppers runs world record indoor 1000m (2:16.2)
1988 Stefka Kostadinova high jumps indoor world record (2.06 m)
1987 Bomb blamed on Unabomber explodes by computer store in Salt Lake City
1987 David Hartman quits ABC's "Good Morning America," after 11 years
1986 Los Angeles Dodger Orel Hershiser is 1st to win a $1M salary by arbitration
1986 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a woman in Albany, New York
1985 After defending his WBC flyweight championship, Sot Chitalada's check for $104,000 is stolen by a ringside pickpocket
1983 Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)
1983 Roland Liboton becomes world champ cross-country cycling
1982 New York Islanders wins then NHL record 15th straight game
1981 Flight readiness firing of Columbia's main engines; 20 seconds
1981 James Sanford equals 50m indoor world record (5.61 sec)
1980 Actress Susan Dey (LA Law) weds producer Bernard Sofronski
1979 "Comin' Uptown" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 45 performances
1978 4th People's Choice Awards: Star Wars, Carol Burnett and Bob Hope
1978 Bob Backland beats Billy Graham in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
1978 Egypt announces it is pulling its diplomats out of Cyprus
1978 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1977 "My Fair Lady" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 384 performances
1977 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1976 Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1975 Leonard Baichan scores 105* on Test Cricket debut, vs. Pakistan Lahore
1975 Margaret Thatcher elected leader of British Conservative Party
1975 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1974 Cher files for separation from husband Sonny Bono
1974 Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA
1973 10th time Islanders shut-out-4-0 vs Penguins
1972 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat New York Knicks (111-109)
1972 Ard Schenk becomes world champ skater
1972 Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee
1971 Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season
1971 General Idi Amin Dada appointed president of Uganda
1971 National Emergency Center erroneously orders U.S. radio and TV stations to go off the air. Mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes
1968 John Cleese (Monty Python) marries Connie Booth
1968 State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A and M
1966 Author Valery Tarsis banished in U.S.S.R.
1965 Beatles record "That Means a Lot"
1965 Ranger 8 makes hard landing on the Moon, returns photos, other data
1965 Turkish government of Uerguplu forms
1963 End of the Test Cricket careers of Neil Harvey and Alan Davidson
1963 Willie Mays for the San Francisco Giants signs a record $100,000 per year contract
1962 John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth in Friendship 7
1958 Jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
1958 Los Angeles Coliseum Commission approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
1957 Hughie Tayfield takes 9-113 vs. England, 13 wkts for match
1956 WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
1955 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
1954 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
1954 General Zahedi wins election in Persia
1953 August A. Busch buys the Cards for $3.75 million
1953 U.S. Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport and not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
1952 "African Queen" opens at Capitol Theater in New York City
1952 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
1950 Dylan Thomas arrives in New York City for his 1st U.S. poetry reading tour
1950 WOL-AM in Washington D.C. swaps calls with WWDC
1949 1st International Pancake Race held (Liberal Ks)
1948 Czechoslovakia's non-communist minister resigns
1947 Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42 blocks in Los Angeles
1947 Lord Mountbatten appointed as last viceroy of India
1944 Batman and Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers
1944 U.S. takes Eniwetok Island
1943 Allied troops occupy Kasserine pass in Tunisia
1943 New volcano Paracutin erupts in farmer's corn patch (Mexico)
1943 Phil Wrigley and B Rickey charter All-American Girls Softball League
1942 Lt. E. H. O'Hare single-handedly shoots down 5 Japanese heavy bombers
1941 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk, Poland
1941 Nazis order Polish Jews barred from using public transportation
1941 Romania breaks relations with Netherlands
1940 Larry Clinton and his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"
1938 U.K. Foreign Secretary Eden resigns, says Prime Minister Chamberlain appeased Germany
1937 1st automobile/airplane combination tested, Santa Monica, Ca
1935 Karoline Mikkelson is 1st woman on Antarctica
1934 Virgil Thomson's opera "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens in New York City
1933 Curom, Curacaose Broadcast System starts: Princess Juliana's speech
1933 House of Representatives completes congressional action to repeal Prohibition
1933 Sidney Howard's "Alien Corn," premieres in New York City
1932 Japanese troops occupy Tunhua China
1931 Congress allows California to build Oakland-Bay Bridge
1930 Capelle soccer team forms
1929 American Samoa organizes as territory of U.S.
1929 Red Sox announce they will play Sunday games at Braves Field
1927 Golfers in South Carolina arrested for violating Sabbath
1923 Christy Mathewson becomes President of Boston Braves
1922 Marc Connelly and George Kaufman's "To the Ladies," premieres in New York City
1922 Vilinus, Lithuania, agrees to separate from Poland
1922 WOR-AM in New York City begins radio transmissions
1921 Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran
1919 French premier Clemenceau injured during assassination attempt
1917 Ammunitions ship explodes in Archangelsk harbor, about 1,500 die
1917 Kern, Bolton and Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!," premieres in New York City
1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in San Francisco
1912 Argentina beat the MCC in their inaugural cricket 1st-class fixture
1903 Nick Young remains as NL president as AG Spalding ends challenge
1902 Heavy surf breaks over Seal Rocks and damages Sutro Baths, San Francisco
1901 1st territorial legislature of Hawaii convenes
1899 Ill Tel and Tel granted franchise for Chicago freight tunnel system
1895 Congress authorizes a U.S. mint at Denver, Colorodo
1890 Amsterdam Theater destroyed by fire
1887 1st minor league baseball association organizes in Pittsburgh
1887 Germany, Austria-Hungary and France end Triple Alliance
1877 1st cantilever bridge in U.S. completed, Harrodsburg, Kentucky
1877 International Association (minor baseball league) organizes
1873 University of California gets its 1st Med School (UC/SF)
1872 Hydraulic electric elevator patented by Cyrus Baldwin
1872 Luther Crowell patents a machine that manufactures paper bags
1872 Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York City
1872 Silas Noble and JP Cooley patents toothpick manufacturing machine
1869 Tennessee Governor W. C. Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis
1865 MIT forms 1st U.S. collegiate architectural school
1864 Civil War battle of Olustee, Florida
1861 Department of Navy of Confederacy forms
1861 Steeple of Chichester Cathedral blown down during a storm
1856 John Rutledge, Liverpool - New York steamer, hits iceberg; many die
1846 British occupy Sikh citadel of Lahore
1839 Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia
1835 Concepcion, Chile destroyed by earthquake; 5,000 die
1832 Charles Darwin visits Fernando Noronha in Atlantic Ocean
1831 Polish revolutionaries defeat Russians in battle of Growchow
1823 English Captain James Weddell reaches 74 degrees 15' S, 1520 km from S pole
1816 Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome
1811 Austria declares bankruptcy
1809 Supreme Court rules federal government power greater than any state
1792 U.S. postal service created; postage 6 cents -12 cents, depending on distance
1768 1st American chartered fire insurance company opens (Penn)
1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Castle of Inverness
1745 Bonnie Prince Charlies troops occupy Fort August, Scotland
1737 French minister of Finance, Chauvelin, resigns
1732 Estates of Holland ratifies Treaty of Vienna
1725 10 sleeping Indians scalped by whites in New Hampshire for bounty
1710 Johan Willem Friso becomes viceroy of Groningen, Netherlands
1673 1st recorded wine auction held in London
1653 Defeat of Dutch fleet under Admiral Van Tromp by Adm Blake off Portsmouth
1613 Gerard Reynst appointed Dutch Governor-General of East-Indies
1547 King Edward VI of England was enthroned following death of Henry VIII
1525 Swiss and German mercenaries desert Francois I's army