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Wednesday February 20, 2019

February 20: Day of the Week

February 20, 2019 was the 51st day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 314 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.

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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.

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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.
  • 1873
    The University of California opens its first medical school in San Francisco, California.
  • 1877
    Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake receives its première performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
  • 1913
    King O'Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra.
  • 1943
    The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms in support of United States President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union address theme of Four Freedoms.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1985
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Ox in Chinese astrology.
  • 1987
    Unabomber: In Salt Lake City, a bomb explodes in a computer store.
  • 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?

  • 1759
    Johann Christian Reil, German physician, founder of psychiatry (d. 1813)
  • 1848
    Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad executive (d. 1909)
  • 1898
    Jimmy Yancey, American pianist (d. 1951)
  • 1904
    Alexei Kosygin, Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1980)
  • 1939
    Frank Arundel, English footballer (d.1994)
  • 1943
    Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist
  • 1944
    Willem van Hanegem, Dutch footballer and coach
  • 1946
    Sandy Duncan, American singer and actress
  • 1976
    Ed Graham, English drummer (The Darkness)
  • 1984
    Gilles Pagnon, French-German rugby player

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