Monday, February 20, 2012
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
At least 35 people have died and up to 340,000 are affected by flooding after months of heavy rain in Bolivia. The eastern departments of Santa Cruz and Beni are the worst affected. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6380331.stm
Friday, February 20, 2004
King Norodom Sihanouk, the constitutional monarch of Cambodia, states that he believes his country ought to allow same-sex marriage. He says he decided this upon seeing footage of same-sex couples marrying in San Francisco. He also says that transvestites ought to be well-treated in Cambodia. //advocate.com/new_news.asp?ID=11379sd=02/20/04
California Democratic leaders try to withdraw from the divisive political issue of same-sex marriage. A Public Policy Institute of California poll indicates that half of Californians oppose same-sex marriage. Some California Democratic officeholders were discontented over the matter becoming a national political issue. //www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/02/20/MNGSF54RDD1.DTL
Thursday, February 20, 2003
University of South Florida computer engineering professor Dr. Sami Al-Arian was arrested by the FBI after he and seven others were indicted on 50 terrorism-related charges. United States Attorney General John Ashcroft alleged at a news conference that Al-Arian is the North American leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
The Station nightclub fire: A fire started by pyrotechnics set-off by Great White, a rock band playing a nightclub in West Warwick, Kent County, Rhode Island, kills at least 96 and injures nearly 200, with 35 in critical condition. Fatalities from burn injuries are expected to increase.//www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,79161,00.html
Wednesday, February 20, 2002
In Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt
, a fire on a train injures over 65 and kills at least 370.
Robert William Pickton
the most prolific serial killer in Canadian history is arrested and charged with the first two (of twenty-seven) counts of first-degree murder.
Tuesday, February 20, 2001
Friday, February 20, 1998
Data sent from the Galileo probe
indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa
has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
is abducted by Wolfgang Priklopil (she will remain in his captivity until August 2006).
Wednesday, February 20, 1991
President of Albania Ramiz Alia dismisses the government headed by Prime Minister of Albania Adil Çarçani in an effort to stem prodemocracy protests. Fatos Nano is sworn in as Prime Minister on February 22.
Monday, February 20, 1989
Friday, February 20, 1987
Wednesday, February 20, 1985
Sunday, February 20, 1966
Friday, February 20, 1959
Thursday, February 20, 1958
Wednesday, February 20, 1946
An explosion kills more than 400 coal miners in West Germany.
Sunday, February 20, 1944
The United States takes Eniwetok
The Big Week begins with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.
Friday, February 20, 1942
Sunday, February 20, 1938
Saturday, February 20, 1937
Friday, February 20, 1931
Monday, February 20, 1928
Saturday, February 20, 1926
Friday, February 20, 1920
An earthquake hits Gori Georgia, killing 114.
Saturday, February 20, 1915
Sunday, February 20, 1910
March ndash An uprising against Ottoman rule breaks out in Albania
Wednesday, February 20, 1895
Venezuela Crisis of 1895
: President Grover Cleveland
signs into law a bill resulting from the proposition of House Resolution 252 by William Lindsay Scruggs
and Congressman Leonidas Livingston to the third session of the 53rd Congress of the United States of America. The bill recommends Venezuela and Great Britain settle their dispute by arbitration.
Wednesday, February 20, 1878
Pope Leo XIII succeeds Pope Pius IX as the 256th pope.
Thursday, February 20, 1873
Tuesday, February 20, 1872
In New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art closes for urban renovation.
Saturday, February 20, 1869
Thursday, February 20, 1862
Saturday, February 20, 1841
The "Governor Fenner", carrying emigrants to the United States, sinks off Holyhead
) with the loss of 123 lives.
Friday, February 20, 1835
Tuesday, February 20, 1827
Thursday, February 20, 1823
Explorer James Weddell
's expedition to Antarctica
74°15' S and longitude
34°16'45 W: the southernmost position any ship had reached before, a record that will hold for more than 80 years.
Sunday, February 20, 1820
Tuesday, February 20, 1816
Tuesday, February 20, 1810
Monday, February 20, 1792
The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington.
Thursday, February 20, 1766
The "Pennsylvania Gazette" reports that a British sloop outside of Wilmington, North Carolina seized 1 sloop sailing from Philadelphia and 1 sloop sailing from Saint Christopher on the charge of carrying official documents without sts. In response, local residents threaten to burn a Royal Man-of-War attempting to deliver sts to Wilmington, forcing the ship to return to the mouth of the Cape Fear River.
Thursday, February 20, 1755
Saturday, February 20, 1740
The North Carolina General Assembly incorporates the town of Newton as Wilmington, North Carolina, named for Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington, and patron of Royal Governor Gabriel Johnston.
Thursday, February 20, 1727
The German composer George Frideric Handel becomes a British subject.ref name=Cassell's Chronology/
Tuesday, February 20, 1725
Sunday, February 20, 1724
The premiere of "Giulio Cesare", an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel, takes place in London.
Monday, February 20, 1719
Tuesday, February 20, 1685
René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, intending to establish a colony near the mouth of the Mississippi River, lands with 200 surviving colonists at Matagorda Bay on the Texas coast, believing the Mississippi near (//www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/LL/fla4.html
Thursday, February 10, 1547 (Julianian calendar)
Edward VI of England is crowned at Westminster Abbey.
Friday, February 11, 1491 (Julianian calendar)
The Comet of 1491 comes away from earth, the closest ever recorded.
Tuesday, February 11, 1472 (Julianian calendar)
Fernão do Po claims the central-African islands Bioko and Annobón for Portugal.
Monday, February 11, 1437 (Julianian calendar)
Monday, February 16, 705 (Julianian calendar)
Byzantine Empire: August ndash Justinian II and his ally, the Bulgar khan Tervel, by-pass the Byzantine forces under Heraclius awaiting them and reach Constantinople. After three days, Justinian's men enter through the disused Valens Aqueduct. Tiberius III flees the city to his brother's army in Thrace, but when the soldiers begin to desert, he surrenders. Tervel is rewarded by Justinian for his assistance with rich gifts and the title of "Caesar".ref name=Byz705/
China: In a coup d'état, Chinese Chancellor Zhang Jianzhi executes the Zhang brothers and restores Emperor Zhongzong. This marks the end of the short-lived Zhou Dynasty in China.
Saturday, February 18, 590 (Julianian calendar)
Bahrām Chobin and Khosrau confront each other near Ctesiphon