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Births for February 20


  • 1494 Johan Friis, chancellor of Denmark; helped establish Lutheranism
  • 1507 Gentile Bellini, Italian artist (Sultan Mohammed II)
  • 1523 Jan Blahoslav, Czech humanist/bishop (Bohemian brothers)
  • 1632 Thomas Osborne, Duke of Leeds, English chief minister/founded Tories
  • 1790 Joseph II, Emperor of Holy Roman empire, dies
  • 1791 Carl Czerny, Wien (Vienna), pianist (could he turn out ‚tudes!)
  • 1802 Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist/composer
  • 1809 Henry Walton Wessells, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1889
  • 1820 Mahlon Dickerson Manson, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 189
  • 1827 Edward Stuyvesant Bragg, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 191
  • 1835 Allessandro d'Ancona, Italian philospher
  • 1838 James Barbour Terrill, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1864
  • 1844 Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann, Austria, physicist (statistical mechanics)
  • 1844 Mih ly von Munk csy, (Michael von Lieb), Hungarian painter
  • 1861 Nicolaas van Meeteren, Cura‡ao, folk singer
  • 1870 Pieter C Boutens, poet (Beatrix)
  • 1870 Pieter Cornelis Boutens, Holland, mystic poet/scholar (Verzen)
  • 1881 Pedro Mu€oz Seca, La vengeanza the don Mendo
  • 1883 Shiga Naoya, Japan, novelist (Road Through Dark Night)
  • 1886 B‚la Kun, head of Hungarian Soviet Republic (1919)
  • 1887 Hesketh Pearson, England, biographer/playwright (Writ for Libel)
  • 1888 Dame Marie Rambert, Warsaw, English ballet producer/director/teacher
  • 1888 Georges Bernanos, France, novelist (Diary of a Country Priest)
  • 1888 Marie Rambert, (Cyvia M Ramberg), Polish/England, ballerina
  • 1893 Russel Crouse, journalist/novelist/playwright (Life with Father)
  • 1896 Henri de Lubac sj, French theologist/anti-fascist
  • 1898 Enzo Ferrari, Italy, sportscar manufacturer (Ferrari)
  • 1899 Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, LI NY, founder (Pan Am Airways)
  • 1900 Graham Spry, St Thomas Ontario, Canadian radio pioneer
  • 1901 Ali M Naguib, Egyptian general
  • 1901 Ali M Naguib, General of Egyptian Air Force
  • 1901 Henry Eyring, Mexican/US chemist
  • 1901 Louis I Kahn, Estonia, architect (Bryn Mawr dormitory)
  • 1901 Muhammad Naguib, Khartoum, president of Egypt (1952-54)
  • 1901 Ren‚ Jules Dubos, France, US microbiologist/author (Health & Disease)
  • 1902 Ansel Adams, photographer (1966 ASMP Award)
  • 1903 Pierre Charles, Belgian boxer
  • 1904 Aleksei N Kosygin, Soviet premier (1964-80)
  • 1905 Jascha Golowanjuk, Swedish writer (Acrobat)
  • 1907 Malcolm Atterbury, Phila, actor (Jonas-Thicker than Water, Apples Way
  • 1910 Julian Trevelyan, English Surrealist painter/collage maker
  • 1911 Robert Guyn McBride, Tucson Arizona, composer (Mexican Rhapsody)
  • 1913 Nadine Conner, US, (actress?)
  • 1914 John Daly, S Africa, newscaster/TV game show host (What's My Line)
  • 1914 Willem J H Bart, vicar (Cuentanan di Nanzi)
  • 1916 Jackie Gleason, Bkln NY, comedian (Ralph Kramden-Honeymooners)
  • 1916 Paul Tripp, NYC, TV host (Mr I Magination)
  • 1921 Amanda Blake, Buffalo, actress (Kitty Russell-Gunsmoke)
  • 1921 Joseph A Walker, X-15 pilot
  • 1923 Forbes Burnham, premier Guyana (1964-85)
  • 1924 Gloria Vanderbilt, don't my jeans look great, poor little rich girl
  • 1924 Sidney Poitier, actor (Porgy & Bess, A Raisin in the Sun) or 1927
  • 1925 Alex La Guma, Cape Town South Africa, novelist (A Walk in the Night)
  • 1925 Robert Altman, movie director (Nashville, M*A*S*H)
  • 1926 Kenneth H Olsen, US, engineer/founder Digital Equipment Corp
  • 1926 Robert Eugene Richards, Ill, pole vaulter (Olympic-gold-48, 52, 56)
  • 1927 Roy Cohn, lawyer, "grand inquisitor" for Sen Joseph McCarthy
  • 1928 Elroy Face, baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1929 Toshiro Mayuzumi, Yokohama Japan, composer (Sphenogramme)
  • 1933 Hannes Postma, graphic artist
  • 1934 Bobby Unser, auto racer (1968, 75, 81 Indianapolis 500)
  • 1936 Larry Hovis, Wapito Wash, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Hogan's Heroes)
  • 1936 Marj Dusay, Rusell Ks, actress (Kate-Bret Maverick)
  • 1937 David Ackles, Illinois, singer/songwriter (American Gothic)
  • 1937 Nancy Wilson, Chillicothe Ohio, jazz singer (Feel Like Making Love)
  • 1937 Robert Huber, Mnchen, Germany, biochemist (Nobel 1988)
  • 1940 Christoph Eschenbach, Breslau, Germany, pianist/conductor
  • 1941 Buffy Sainte-Marie, Maine, folksinger (Now That the Buffalo Are Gone)
  • 1942 Charlie Gillett, Lancashire, rock broadcaster (Sound of the City)
  • 1942 Mitch McConnell, (Sen-R-KY, 1985- )
  • 1942 Peter Strauss, Croton-on-Hudson NY, actor (Rich Man Poor Man)
  • 1942 Phil Esposito, NHL player/coach/GM (Bruins, Rangers)
  • 1943 Aleksandr Pavlovich Aleksandrov, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-9, TM-3)
  • 1946 J Geils, rock guitarist/vocalist (Freeze-Frame, Centerfold)
  • 1946 Mieke H A Boers-W˜nberg, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • 1946 Sandy Duncan, Henderson Tx, actress (Hogan Family)
  • 1947 Andr‚ van Duin, (Kyvon), entertainer (Bloemkoole)
  • 1947 Jennifer O'Neill, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, actress (Summer of '42)
  • 1949 Ivana Trump, Gottwaldov Czech, ex-wife of Donald Trump
  • 1950 John Voldstad, Oslo Norway, actor (Darryl-Newhart)
  • 1950 Walter Becker, rock bassist (Steely Dan-Peg)
  • 1951 Edward Albert, LA Ca, actor (Jeff-Falcon Crest, Butterflies are Free)
  • 1951 Randy California, LA, guitarist (Spirit-I Got a Line on You)
  • 1952 Catherine Cummins, Clintwood Va, 1st of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1953 Carol Cummins, Clintwood Va, 2nd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1953 Riccardo Chailly, Milan Italy, conductor (West Berlin Symph Orch)
  • 1954 Patty Hearst Shaw, SF, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya)
  • 1954 Vasili Vasiliyevich Tsibliyev, Russia, colonel/cosmonaut
  • 1955 Kelsey Grammer, Virgin Islands, actor (Dr Fraiser Crane-Cheers)
  • 1956 Charles Cummins, Clintwood Va, 3rd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1958 Carol Ficatier, Auscene France, playmate (December, 1985)
  • 1960 Mark Reilly, (Matt Bianco), rocker (Indio-Big Harvest)
  • 1961 Claudia Cummins, Clintwood Va, 4th of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1961 Imogen Stubbs, Rothbury England, actress (Summer Story)
  • 1963 Charles Barkley, Ala, NBA forward (Phila 76ers, All Star 1987-90)
  • 1965 Federica Moro, Carate Brianza Italy, Miss Italy (1982)
  • 1966 Cecilia Cummins, Clintwood Va, 5th of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • 1966 Cindy Crawford, Dekalb Ill, super model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)
  • 1967 Rebekka Lynn Armstrong, Bakersfield Ca, playmate (Sep, 1986)
  • 1968 Lorraine Olivia, Geneva Ill, playmate (Nov, 1990)
  • 1972 Corinna Harney, Bremerhaven Germany, playmate (Aug, 1991)


Passings for February 20


  • 1054 Yaroslav I, the Wise, ruler (Kiev), dies
  • 1194 Tancredo van Lecce, King of Sicily, dies
  • 1431 Martinus V, (Oddo Colonna), Italian Pope, dies
  • 1595 Ernst, archduke of Austria, dies at 41
  • 1656 James Ussher, Irish bible scholar/anglican archbishop, dies
  • 1773 Charles Emanuel I, King of Sardina/Duke of Savoy (KE III), dies
  • 1860 Henry Drummond, English banker, dies
  • 1861 A Eugne Scribe, French playwright (Fra Diavoli), dies
  • 1892 Hermann Kopp, German chemist (Law of Kopp), dies
  • 1895 Frederick Douglass, escaped slave, anti-slavery leader, dies at 78
  • 1907 Henry Moissan, French chemist (Nobel 1906), dies
  • 1910 Boetros Ghali, Egyptian premier, murdered
  • 1916 Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Swedish politician, Nobel winner, dies
  • 1920 Robert E Peary, US pole explorer (North Pole, 6/4/1909), dies
  • 1936 John Hope, president of Atlanta University, dies at 67
  • 1958 Thurston Hall, actor (Mr Schuyler-Topper), dies at 75
  • 1966 Chester W Nimitz, US admiral (WW II), dies at 90
  • 1975 Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 76
  • 1975 Robert Strauss, actor (Sgt Gruzewsky-Mona McCluskey), dies at 61
  • 1980 Alice Longworth Roosevelt, youngest daughter of Theodore, dies at 96
  • 1983 James G Richardson, (Tim Cassidy-Sierra), dies at 37 in ski accident
  • 1983 Ray Vitte, actor (Doc, Cody-Quest), killed by police at 33
  • 1985 Clarence Nash, voice of Donald Duck, dies at 80 of leukemia, in Calif
  • 1986 Jacobus G Rietkerk, Dutch foreign minister (VVD), dies
  • 1992 Andrew Schenck, conducter, dies of melanoma at 51
  • 1992 Dick York, actor (Bewitched), dies at 63 of emphysema
  • 1993 Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian auto-designer (Miura), dies


Special events for February 20


  • 1673 1st recorded wine auction held (London)
  • 1725 10 sleeping Indians scalped by whites in NH for œ100/scalp bounty
  • 1768 1st American chartered fire insurance company receives charter, Pa
  • 1792 US postal service created; postage 6›-12«›, depending on distance
  • 1809 Supreme Court rules federal govt power greater than any state
  • 1816 Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premiers in Rome
  • 1823 English Capt James Weddell reaches 74ø 15' S, 1520 km from S pole
  • 1831 Polish revolutionaries defeat Russians in battle of Growchow
  • 1835 Concepci¢n, Chile destroyed by earthquake; 5,000 die
  • 1839 Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia
  • 1846 British occupy Sikh citadel of Lahore
  • 1856 John Rutledge, Liverpool-NY steamer, hits iceberg-many die
  • 1861 Dept of Navy of Confederacy is established
  • 1864 Civil War battle of Olustee, Florida
  • 1865 M I T establishes 1st US collegiate architectural school
  • 1869 Tenn Gov WC Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis
  • 1872 Hydraulic electric elevator patented by Cyrus Baldwin
  • 1872 Toothpick manufacturing machine patented in US
  • 1873 U of Calif gets its 1st Med School (UC/SF)
  • 1876 C H F Peters discovers asteroid #160 Una
  • 1877 1st cantilever bridge in US completed, Harrodsburg, Kentucky
  • 1877 International Association (minor baseball league) organized
  • 1887 1st minor league baseball association organizes in Pittsburgh
  • 1890 R Luther discovers asteroid #288 Glauke
  • 1895 Congress authorizes a US mint at Denver, Colorodo
  • 1899 Ill Tel & Tel granted franchise for Chicago freight tunnel system
  • 1901 1st territorial legislature of Hawaii convenes
  • 1901 L Carnera discovers asteroid #469 Argentina
  • 1902 Heavy surf breaks over Seal Rocks & damages Sutro Baths, SF
  • 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in SF
  • 1917 Ammunitions ship explodes in Archangelsk harbor, about 1,500 die
  • 1919 French premier Clemenceau injured during assassination attempt
  • 1921 Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran
  • 1922 Vilinus, Lithuania, agrees to join Poland
  • 1922 WOR-AM in New York City begins radio transmissions
  • 1922 independence day of Vilnus Lithuania, votes for to seperate of Poland
  • 1927 Golfers in SC arrested for violating Sabbath
  • 1928 O Oikawa discovers asteroid #1090 Sumida
  • 1929 American Samoa organized as a territory of US
  • 1931 Congress allows California to build Oakland-Bay Bridge
  • 1933 Curom, Cura‡aose Broadcast System starts: Princess Juliana's speech
  • 1933 House of Reps completes congressional action to repeal Prohibition
  • 1934 O Bancilhon discovers asteroid #1333 Cevenola
  • 1934 Virgil Thomson's opera "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens in NYC
  • 1935 Caroline Mikkelson is 1st woman on Antarctica
  • 1937 1st automobile/airplane combination tested, Santa Monica, Ca
  • 1938 K Reinmuth discovers asteroids #1482 Sebastiana & #3569
  • 1938 UK Foreign Sec Eden resigns, says PM Chamberlain appeased Germany
  • 1938 Y Vaisala discovers asteroids #1449 Virtanen, #1450 Raimonda & #2898
  • 1941 1st transport of Jews to concentration camp (Plotsk Poland)
  • 1941 Nazis order Polish Jews barred from using public transportation
  • 1941 Romania breaks relations with Netherland
  • 1942 Lt E H O'Hare single-handedly shoots down 5 Japanese heavy bombers
  • 1943 New volcano Paracutin erupts in farmer's corn patch (M‚xico)
  • 1944 Batman & Robin comic strip premiers in newspapers
  • 1944 US landing on Eniwetok atol
  • 1947 Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42ý blocks in LA
  • 1947 Lord Mountbatten appointed as last viceroy of India
  • 1948 Czechoslovakia's non-communist minister resigns
  • 1950 Dylan Thomas arrives in NYC for his 1st US poetry reading tour
  • 1950 WOL-AM in Washington DC swaps calls with WWDC
  • 1952 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
  • 1954 General Zahedi wins election in Persia
  • 1956 WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 Jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
  • 1962 John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (Friendship 7)
  • 1963 Willie Mays (SF Giants) signs a record $100,000 per year contract
  • 1965 Beatles record "That Means a Lot"
  • 1965 Ranger 8 makes hard landing on the Moon, returns photos, other data
  • 1968 State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A & M
  • 1972 1st time Cleve Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)
  • 1973 10th time Islanders shut-out-4-0 vs Penguins
  • 1974 Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1 M from Houston Aeros, WHA
  • 1976 Muhammad Ali KOs Jean-Pierre Coopman
  • 1978 Egypt announces it is pulling its diplomats out of Cyprus
  • 1980 Actress Susan Dey (LA Law) weds producer Bernard Sofronski
  • 1981 Flight readiness firing of Columbia's main engines; 20 seconds
  • 1982 E Bowell discovers asteroids #2636 Lassell & #3193 Elliot
  • 1982 NY Islanders win record 15th straight NHL game
  • 1983 Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)
  • 1986 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a woman in Albany
  • 1988 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro Brazil
  • 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 NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for #37.6 million
  • 1988 Rob Druppers runs world record 1000m indoor (2:16.2)
  • 1993 Florida Marlins open their 1st spring training camp
  • 1993 NY Islanders retire Billy Smith's number 31


Songs for date February 20


  • 02/20/42 --- I Don't Want To Walk Without You (James, Harry)
  • 02/20/42 --- Rose O'Day (Smith, Kate)
  • 02/20/61 --- Apache (Ingmann, Jorgen)
  • 02/20/61 --- Surrender (Presley, Elvis)
  • 02/20/61 --- Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)(Thomas, Carla)
  • 02/20/65 --- Can't You Hear My Heartbeat (Herman's Hermits)
  • 02/20/71 --- Me And Bobby McGee (Joplin, Janis)
  • 02/20/71 --- She's A Lady (Jones, Tom)
  • 02/20/71 --- Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted (Partridge Family)
  • 02/20/71 --- Help Me Make It Through The Night (Smith, Sammi)
  • 02/20/71 --- Just My Imagination (Running Away With M(Temptations)
  • 02/20/82 --- Do You Believe In Love (Lewis, Huey & The News)
  • 02/20/82 --- Chariots Of Fire - Titles (Vangelis)
  • 02/20/88 --- Get Outta My Dreams Get Into My Car (Ocean, Billy)
  • 02/20/93 --- Two Princes (Spin Doctors)
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