What happened this day in history

Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,060 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on February 20? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 20: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 20 is the 51st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 315 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 7, 2020 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 439,488 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘pentacontahenagon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 358 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,617 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 20 Historical Events

  • 1685
    René-Robert Cavelier establishes Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France’s claim to Texas.
  • 1920
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Monkey in Chinese astrology.
  • 1943
    The Parícutin volcano begins to form in Parícutin, Mexico.
  • 1978
    The last Order of Victory is bestowed upon Leonid Brezhnev.
  • 1991
    A gigantic statue of Albania’s long-time leader, Enver Hoxha, is brought down in the Albanian capital Tirana, by mobs of angry protesters.

Who were born on February 20?

  • 1929
    Amanda Blake, American actress (d. 1989)
  • 1937
    Roger Penske, American racing driver, race team owner and entrepreneur
  • 1953
    Poison Ivy, American musician (The Cramps)
  • 1969
    Danis Tanovic, Bosnian film director and screenwriter
  • 1991
    Giovanni Kyeremateng Italian footballer

Who died on February 20?

  • 1154
    Saint Wulfric of Haselbury Plucknett
  • 1762
    Tobias Mayer, German astronomer (b. 1723)
  • 1806
    Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (b. 1725)
  • 1810
    Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean national hero (executed) (b. 1767)
  • 1969
    Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor (b. 1883)

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