2022 February

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 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 interesting facts about February 20th in history!

What Events Happened On February 20 In History?


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


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

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


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


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.

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.

The Soviet Union launched the first module of its Mir space station.

Known as the core module, this first piece of the space station was the living module. Over the following years, six additional modules were launched into space and attached to the core module. The Mir space station operated for fifteen years before being decommissioned and returned to Earth in 2001.

John Glenn became the first American to orbit planet Earth.

OTD in 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.

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

Hendrix was fired for playing his guitar too wildly.

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


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


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.

February 20 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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

Pisces is the last constellation of the zodiac. It’s symbolized by two fish swimming in opposite directions, which represents the division of Pisces’s attention between fantasy and reality.

If your birthday is in February, your birthstone is the Amethyst. The Ancient Greeks thought the color of Amethyst resembled wine, so they associated it with the Bacchus, the god of wine.

People born on this day were likely conceived the previous year on May 30th.

If today’s your birthday, you share this special day with Rihanna! Here are other famous people born on this day.

Famous People Born On February 20



Barbadian Singer
Birthday: February 20, 1988
Age: 33 years old
Born In: Saint Michael, Barbados
Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah

South African Comedian
Birthday: February 20, 1984
Age: 37 years old
Born In: Johannesburg, South Africa
Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

American Singer
Birthday: February 20, 1967
Died On: Apr 5, 1994 (Age 27)
Born In: Washington, USA
Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford

American Supermodel
Birthday: February 20, 1966
Age: 55 years old
Born In: Illinois, USA

Special Holidays On February 20th

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

February 20: Hoodie Hoo Day

Hoodie Hoo Day

We've all been enduring the thick, bitter cold of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but spring isn't far away now. Today is Hoodie Hoo Day, and you can celebrate by going outside, throwing your hands in the air, and shouting "Hoodie-Hoo!" to chase winter away.

February 20: National Love Your Pet Day

National Love Your Pet Day

Coming home at the end of a long day to your pet instantly makes life a little bit better, so it’s time to give some of their love back on Love Your Pet Day! It doesn’t matter whether you have a pet dog, lizard, rat, goldfish, or tarantula, give them some extra love and treats today.

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