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.
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)
- 1685René-Robert Cavelier establishes Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France’s claim to Texas.
- 1873The University of California opens its first medical school in San Francisco, California.
- 1877Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake receives its première performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
- 1913King O'Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra.
- 1943The 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.
- 1952Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.
- 1962Mercury program: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes.
- 1985New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Ox in Chinese astrology.
- 1987Unabomber: In Salt Lake City, a bomb explodes in a computer store.
- 1991A 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?
- 1759Johann Christian Reil, German physician, founder of psychiatry (d. 1813)
- 1848Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad executive (d. 1909)
- 1898Jimmy Yancey, American pianist (d. 1951)
- 1904Alexei Kosygin, Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1980)
- 1939Frank Arundel, English footballer (d.1994)
- 1943Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist
- 1944Willem van Hanegem, Dutch footballer and coach
- 1946Sandy Duncan, American singer and actress
- 1976Ed Graham, English drummer (The Darkness)
- 1984Gilles Pagnon, French-German rugby player
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