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February 20: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on February 20

February 20th is officially Hoodie Hoo Day as well as Love Your Pet Day.

Today marks the 51st day of the year. We’re slowly getting through the year, but still have 314 days left until the end of the year.

If you were born on February 20, your zodiac sign is Pisces.

If you were born on this day or just want to know more about the day then you’ll love these fascinating past events, one or two might surprise you!

Did you know that on this day in 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit planet Earth? In his almost five-hour flight he circled Earth three times.

Keep reading for more facts about February 20th in history!

What Happened On February 20 In History?

2020

In the UK the paper £20 note was replaced by a polymer note.

2018

Venezuela created its first virtual currency called the petro, in hopes of saving its economy.

OTD in 2018: Venezuela created its first virtual currency called the petro
Source NY Times
2018

For the first time in her life, at age 91, Queen Elizabeth II attended London Fashion Week.

2016

A John Lennon fan bought a lock of his hair for $35,000 at an auction in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Source Fox 17
2013

The first electric car charging network debuted in Estonia.

OTD in 2013: The first electric car charging network debuted in Estonia.
165 charging stations were installed across the country, each taking less than 30 minutes to charge a car.
2003

The Station nightclub in Rhode Island burned down, killing 100 people.

The fire started when Great White's pyrotechnics went out of control, igniting acoustic foam that surrounded the stage and ceiling. 100 people were killed and another 230 people were injured.
Source CNN
1962

John Glenn became the first American to orbit planet Earth.

Astronaut, John Glenn orbited the planet three times during his five-hour trip in his Friendship 7 capsule.
Source NASA
1959

Jimi Hendrix played his first gig at Temple de Hirsch Synagogue, Seattle, USA.

Hendrix was fired for playing his guitar too wildly.
1943

American movie studio executives allowed the Office of War Information to review their scripts.

1872

The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened for the first time in New York City.

1792

The Postal Service Act was signed by the US President George Washington.

Once signed, the United States Post Office became a cabinet position under the presidency. The Postal Service later became an independent corporation in 1971.

Did you know that on this day, February 20th 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit planet Earth?