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February 20th, 2005 (February 20 2005)EventSpain 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.
February 20th, 2002 (February 20 2002)EventIn Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire on a train injures over 65 and kills at least 370.
February 20th, 1998 (February 20 1998)EventAmerican figure skater Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest gold-medalist at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
February 20th, 1991 (February 20 1991)EventA gigantic statue of Albania s long-time dictator, Enver Hoxha, is brought down in the Albanian capital, Tirana, by mobs of angry protesters.
February 20th, 1987 (February 20 1987)EventUnabomber: In Salt Lake City, Utah, a bomb explodes in a computer store.
February 20th, 1976 (February 20 1976)EventThe Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands.
February 20th, 1965 (February 20 1965)EventRanger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.
February 20th, 1962 (February 20 1962)EventMercury program: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn orbits the earth three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes, becoming the first American to orbit the earth.
February 20th, 1959 (February 20 1959)EventThe Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
February 20th, 1952 (February 20 1952)EventEmmett Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.
February 20th, 1947 (February 20 1947)EventState of Prussia ceases to exist.
February 20th, 1944 (February 20 1944)EventWorld War II: The "Big Week" began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.
February 20th, 1944 (February 20 1944)EventWorld War II: The United States takes Eniwetok Island.
February 20th, 1943 (February 20 1943)EventAmerican movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.
February 20th, 1943 (February 20 1943)EventThe Paricutin volcano begins to form in Paricutin, Mexico.
February 20th, 1942 (February 20 1942)EventLieutenant Edward O Hare becomes America s first World War II flying ace.
February 20th, 1935 (February 20 1935)EventCaroline Mikkelsen becomes the first woman to set foot in Antarctica.
February 20th, 1933 (February 20 1933)EventThe Congress of the United States proposes the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution, which would end Prohibition in the United States.
February 20th, 1931 (February 20 1931)EventCalifornia gets the go-ahead by the U.S. Congress to build the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
February 20th, 1913 (February 20 1913)EventKing O Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra.
February 20th, 1909 (February 20 1909)EventPublication of the Futurist Manifesto in the French journal Le Figaro.
February 20th, 1901 (February 20 1901)EventThe legislature of Hawaii Territory convenes for the first time.
February 20th, 1873 (February 20 1873)EventThe University of California opens its first medical school in San Francisco, California.
February 20th, 1872 (February 20 1872)EventIn New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens.
February 20th, 1864 (February 20 1864)EventAmerican Civil War: Battle of Olustee occursthe largest battle fought in Florida during the war.
February 20th, 1835 (February 20 1835)EventConcepcion, Chile is destroyed by an earthquake.
February 20th, 1816 (February 20 1816)EventGioachino Rossini s The Barber of Seville debuts at Teatro Argentina, with a fiasco.Gioachino Rossini Quotes
February 20th, 1810 (February 20 1810)EventAndreas Hofer, Tyrolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleon s forces, was executed.
February 20th, 1798 (February 20 1798)EventLouis Alexandre Berthier removes Pope Pius VI from power.
February 20th, 1792 (February 20 1792)EventThe Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington.George Washington Quotes
February 20th, 1547 (February 20 1547)EventEdward VI of England is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.Edward Abbey Quotes
February 20th, 1472 (February 20 1472)EventOrkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment.

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