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Births, Deaths, and Events for 20 February

About This Day

     This is day 51 of the year 2020.
     There are 315 days left to 2020.

Thought For The Day

     "The average woman would rather be beautiful than smart because the average man can see better than he can think."



1844   Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann - Austria, physicist (statistical mechanics)
1898   Enzo Ferrari - Modena, Italy, sportscar manufacturer (Ferrari)
1899   Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney - Long Island NY, railroad tycoon
1901   Ali Muhammad Naguib - Khartoum, President of Egypt (1952-54)
1902   Ansel Adams - photographer (1966 ASMP Award)
1908   Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi - test pilot (BI-1)
1914   John Daly - South Africa, newscaster/TV game show host (What's My Line)
1924   Gloria Vanderbilt - don't my jeans look great, poor little rich girl
1925   Robert Altman - Kansas City, MO, director (Nashville, MASH)
1927   Roy Cohn - lawyer, "grand inquisitor" (for Senator Joseph McCarthy)
1927   Sidney Poitier - Miami, FL, actor (Porgy & Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner)
1930   Patricia Smith - New Haven CT, actress (Bob Newhart Show, Into Thin Air)
1934   Bobby Unser - auto racer (1968, 75, 81 Indianapolis 500)
1941   Buffy Sainte-Marie - Maine, folksinger (Now That the Buffalo Are Gone)
1943   Aleksandr Pavlovich Alexandrov - Russian, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-9, TM-3)
1943   Mike Leigh - dramatist/director (High Hopes, Secrets & Lies)
1946   J[erome] Geils - New York, NY, rock guitarist/vocalist (J Geils Band-Freeze-Frame, Centerfold)
1946   Sandy Duncan - Henderson, TX, actress (Hogan Family, Pinocchio, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?)
1949   Ivana Trump - Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia, ex-wife of Donald Trump (1st Wives Club)
1952   Catherine Cummins - Clintwood, VA, 1st of 5 siblings all born on 2/20
1953   Carol Cummins - Clintwood, VA, 2nd of 5 siblings all born on 2/20
1954   Patty Hearst (Shaw) - San Francisco, CA, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya)
1954   Vasili Vasilyevich Tsibliyev - Russian colonel/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17, TM-25)
1956   Charles Cummins - Clintwood, VA, 3rd of 5 siblings all born on 2/20
1958   Carol Ficatier - Auscene, France, playmate (December 1985)
1961   Claudia Cummins - Clintwood, VA, 4th of 5 siblings all born on 2/20
1963   William Baldwin - New York, NY, actor (Backdraft, Sliver, Flatliners)
1966   Cecilia Cummins - Clintwood, VA, 5th of 5 siblings all born on 2/20 (nice grouping, Mr. & Mrs. Cummins)
1966   Cindy Crawford - Dekalb, IL, super model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)
1967   Rebekka Lynn Armstrong - Bakersfield, CA, playmate (September 1986)
1967   Kurt Cobain - rock vocalist (Nirvana)/husband of Courtney Love, ceiling decorator
1968   Lorraine Olivia - Geneva, IL, playmate (November 1990)
1970   Cheyenne Brando - Papeete, Tahiti, daughter of Marlon
1975   Brian Littrell - singer (Backstreet Boys)



1860   Henry Drummond - English banker/religious leader, dies at 69
1895   Frederick Douglass - escaped slave, anti-slavery leader, dies at 78
1920   Robert E. Peary - US pole explorer (North Pole, 6/4/1909), dies at 63
1966   Chester W Nimitz - US Admiral (WWII), dies at 80
1972   Walter Winchell - writer/actor (Dondi, Love & Hisses), dies at 74
1985   Clarence Nash - voice of Donald Duck, dies at 80 of leukemia, in California
1992   Dick York - actor (Bewitched), dies of emphysema at 63
1993   Ferruccio Lamborghini - Italian auto-designer (Lamborghini), dies at 76
1999   Gene Siskel - movie reviewer, dies at 53 from complications from brain surgery
2005   Sandra Dee - actress, dies at 62 from kidney disease
2005   Hunter S. Thompson, gonzo journalist, dies at 67 from a self-inflicted gun-shot wound



   Hoodie Hoo Day
1547   King Edward VI of England was enthroned following death of Henry VIII
1673   1st recorded wine auction held (London)
1725   10 sleeping Indians scalped by whites in New Hampshire for £100/scalp bounty
1768   1st American chartered fire insurance company receives charter (Pennsylvania)
1792   US postal service created; postage 6¢-12½¢, depending on distance
1809   Supreme Court rules federal government power greater than any state
1835   Concepción, Chile, destroyed by earthquake
1839   Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia
1865   M.I.T. establishes 1st US collegiate architectural school
1873   University of California gets its 1st Medical School (University of California/San Francisco)
1895   Congress authorizes a US mint at Denver, CO
1915   Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in San Francisco
1931   Congress allows California to build Oakland-Bay Bridge
1933   House of Representatives completes congressional action to repeal Prohibition…drinks are on the house
1937   1st automobile/airplane combination tested, Santa Monica, CA
1944   Batman and Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers
1947   Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42 blocks in Los Angeles, CA (ooops)
1949   1st International Pancake Race held (Liberal, KS)
1952   African Queen opens at Capitol Theater in New York, NY
1962   John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (Friendship 7)
1965   Ranger 8 makes hard landing on the Moon, returns photos, other data
1968   John Cleese (Monty Python) marries Connie Booth
1971   Major General Idi Amin Dada appoints himself President of Uganda
1971   National Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air; the mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes
1974   Cher files for separation from husband Sonny Bono
1975   Margaret Thatcher elected leader of British Conservative Party
1987   Bomb blamed on Unabomber explodes by computer store in Salt Lake City
1988   Peter Kalikow purchases New York Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million
1989   Total eclipse of the Moon
1992   Ross Perot says he'll run for President on Larry King Show
1998   UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations



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