February 20: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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

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?

2020 A polymer note replaced the paper £20 note in the UK.

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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
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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.

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2013 The first electric car charging network debuted in Estonia.

OTD in 2013: The first electric car charging network debuted in Estonia.

One hundred and sixty-five 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 surrounding the stage and ceiling. One hundred people were killed, and another 230 people were injured.


1998 Fifteen-year-old Tara Lipinski became the youngest Olympic figure skating gold medalist.

Lipinski won gold while competing for the United States of America at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Her record was only broken in 2019.

1986 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.

1962 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.


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.

1935 Danish-Norwegian explorer Caroline Mikkelsen became the first woman to set foot in Antarctica.

1792 US President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act.

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

Famous People Born On February 20

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

1988 Rihanna

Barbadian Singer

35 years old
Born In:
Saint Michael, Barbados
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1967 Kurt Cobain

American Singer

Kurt Cobain
Died On:
Apr 5, 1994 (Age 27)
Born In:
Washington, USA

1966 Cindy Crawford

American Supermodel

Cindy Crawford
57 years old
Born In:
Illinois, USA

1984 Trevor Noah

South African Comedian

Trevor Noah
39 years old
Born In:
Johannesburg, South Africa

Special Holidays On February 20

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.

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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.

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Fun Fact Of The Day

In New Delhi, if a tree falls sick, an ambulance is dispatched to treat them. This came into effect in 2009 and takes four people to do the job.

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.

Babies conceived on February 20, 2023, will be due around November 13, 2023.

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