February 20 in History
1872February 20, 1872:
New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art opens to the public for the first time.
1909February 20, 1909:
The term “futurism” is used for the first time by author Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in Le Fiagro, a newspaper in Paris.
1919February 20, 1919:
Afghan leader Habibullah Khan is assassinated.
1943February 20, 1943:
Paricutin, a volcano in Mexico’s Michoacán state erupts and goes on to bury two villages.
1952February 20, 1952:
The film, “The African Queen” is released.
1962February 20, 1962:
Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. becomes the first American to orbit earth.
1985February 20, 1985:
The sale of contraceptives in Ireland is legally approved by the government.
1986February 20, 1986:
The core module of Mir, a Soviet Union space station, is launched.
1998February 20, 1998:
Tara Lipinski, an American figure skater, wins a gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games, making her figure skating’s youngest gold medalist.
2003February 20, 2003:
A Rhode Island nightclub called the Station catches fire, killing 100 people.