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Monday February 20, 2017

February 20: Day of the Week

February 20, 2017 was the 51st day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 314 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Getsuyōbi.

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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

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.

February 20 Historical Event(s)

  • 1685
    René-Robert Cavelier establishes Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France’s claim to Texas.
  • 1872
    In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens.
  • 1933
    Adolf Hitler secretly meets with German industrialists to arrange for financing of the Nazi Party’s upcoming election campaign.
  • 1943
    American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.
  • 1952
    Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.
  • 1959
    The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
  • 1962
    Mercury program: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes.
  • 1965
    Ranger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.
  • 1985
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Ox in Chinese astrology.
  • 2003
    During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 200 others.

Who were born on February 20?

  • 1819
    Alfred Escher, Swiss politician, railroad entrepreneur (d. 1882)
  • 1913
    Tommy Henrich, American baseball player (d. 2009)
  • 1926
    Richard Matheson, American author
  • 1936
    Marj Dusay, American actress
  • 1937
    Nancy Wilson, American singer
  • 1945
    Brion James, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1950
    Tony Wilson, British journalist and impresario (d. 2007)
  • 1964
    Rodney Rowland, American actor
  • 1967
    Katherine Soucie, American voice actress
  • 1968
    Ted Hankey, English darts player

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