What happend on 20.02 in history
2005Spain 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.
2005Jeff Gordon wins his third Daytona 500.
2003In Rhode Island, in the USA, The Station nightclub fire kills about 100 and injures over 200.
2002In Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire on a train injures over 65 and kills at least 370.
2001FBI agent Robert Hanssen is arrested and charged with spying for Russia for 15 years.
1998The afternoon newspaper Nashville Banner publishes its final edition.
1992Ross Perot announces his intention to run in the 1992 U.S. presidential election on CNN's Larry King Live.
1992The FA Premier League is formed and takes over as the professional league in England from season 1992â€“93.
1987Unabomber: In Salt Lake City, in the USA, a bomb explodes in a computer store.
1976The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands.
1974Science fiction writer Philip K. Dick claims he began experiencing intense gnostic visions on this date.
1965Ranger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.
1962Mercury 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.
1959The Avro Arrow programme to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
1952Emmett L. Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.
1952The film The African Queen opens at the Capitol Theatre in New York City.
1944World War II: "Big Week" begins with American bomber raids on Nazi aircraft manufacturing centers.
1944World War II: The United States takes Eniwetok Island.
1943American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.
1943The ParicutÃn volcano begins to form in ParicutÃn, MÃ©xico.
1942Lieutenant Edward O'Hare becomes America's first World War II flying ace.
1931California gets the go-ahead by the U.S. Congress to build the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
1921The film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres.
1913King O'Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra.
1901The legislature of Hawaii Territory convenes for the first time.
1873The University of California opens its first medical school in San Francisco, California.
1872In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens.
1835ConcepciÃ³n, Chile is destroyed by an earthquake
1816Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville debuts at Teatro Argentina, with a fiasco.
1810Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleon's forces, was executed.
1792The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington.
1725The first reported case of white men scalping Native Americans takes place in New Hampshire colony.
1724The premiere of Giulio Cesare, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel, takes place in London.
1547Edward VI of England is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.
1472Orkney and Shetland are annexed to the crown of Scotland.