Today in History
What happened today in history?
Today is February 20. A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred today in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened this day in history.
This day in History
Carnegie Hall in New York begins $20 million in renovations.
Young people protest having to cut their long hair in Athens, Greece.
North Vietnamese army chief in Hue orders all looters to be shot on sight.
Ranger 8 hits the moon and sends back 7,000 photos to the United States.
Moscow offers to allow on-site inspection of nuclear testing.
Mercury astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth.
The FCC applies the equal time rule to TV newscasts of political candidates.
The Ford Foundation gives a $25 million grant to the Fund for Advancement of Education.
German troops of the Afrika Korps break through the Kasserine Pass, defeating U.S. forces.
Lt. Edward O’Hare downs five out of nine Japanese bombers that are attacking the carrier Lexington.
The United States sends war planes to the Pacific.
Hitler demands self-determination for Germans in Austria and Czechoslovakia.
The Soviet Red Army seizes Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine.
President Woodrow Wilson opens the Panama-Pacific Expo in San Francisco to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal.
Russian troops seize large portions of Mongolia.
J.F. Pickering patents his airship.
Confederate troops defeat a Union army sent to bring Florida into the union at the Battle of Olustee, Fla.
Polish revolutionaries defeat the Russians in the Battle of Grochow.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the power of the federal government is greater than any individual state in the Union.
The U.S. Postal Service is created.
New Hampshire militiamen partake in the first recorded scalping of Indians by whites in North America.
Pope Julius II dies. He will lay in rest in a huge tomb sculptured by Michelangelo.