Return to home1194 Feb 20,
Tancredo of Lecce, King of Sicily, died.
1494 Feb 20, Johan Friis,
chancellor (Denmark, helped formed Lutheranism), was born.
1513 Feb 20, Pope Julius II
died. He was laid in rest in a huge tomb sculptured by Michelangelo.
1547 Feb 20, King Edward VI of
England was enthroned following the death of Henry VIII (Jan
1583 Feb 20, Joseph Sanalbo,
Jewish convert in Rome, was burned at stake on 27 Shebat.
1626 Feb 20, John Dowland,
1632 Feb 20, Thomas Osborne,
Duke of Leeds, English PM (1690-94)/founder (Tories), was born.
1656 Feb 20, James Ussher (76),
Irish bible scholar, Anglican archbishop, died. [see Mar 21]
1665 Feb 20, Michel Dorigny
(b.1617), French painter, died.
1667 Feb 20, David ben Samuel
Halevi, rabbi, author (Shulchan Aruch), died.
1673 Feb 20, The 1st recorded
wine auction was held in London.
1683 Feb 20, Philip V, first
Bourbon King of Spain, was born. [see Dec 19]
1725 Feb 20, New Hampshire
militiamen partook in the first recorded scalping of Indians by
whites in North America. 10 sleeping Indians were scalped by whites
for scalp bounty.
(HN, 2/20/99)(MC, 2/20/02)
1726 Feb 20, William
Prescott, U.S. Revolutionary War hero, was born.
1737 Feb 20, French minister of
Finance, Chauvelin, resigned.
1745 Feb 20, Johann Peter
Salomon, composer, was born.
1745 Feb 20, Bonnie Prince
Charlie's troops occupied Fort August, Scotland.
1746 Feb 20, Bonnie Prince
Charlie occupied the Castle of Inverness.
1755 Feb 20, General Edward
Braddock arrived from Great Britain to assume command of British
forces in America and to lead the Virginia troops against the French
and Indians in the Ohio Valley.
(PCh, 1992, p.303)
1790 Feb 20, Holy Roman Emperor
Joseph II (48) died.
(AP, 2/20/98)(MC, 2/20/02)
1791 Feb 20, Carl Czerny,
pianist, composer (Schule der Virtuosen), was born in Vienna,
1792 Feb 20, President
Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Post Office. [see Feb 20,
1789, May 8, 1794]
(HN, 2/20/98)(AP, 2/20/98)
1798 Feb 20, Pope Pius VI fled
Rome to Siena following an invasion of French forces. He was later
arrested and deported 1st to Florence and then to France.
1804 Feb 20, Hobart, Tasmania,
was founded as a penal colony. In this year soldiers fired on an
aboriginal hunting party on Tasmania and killed some 50 people. Some
were salted down and sent to Sydney as anthropological curiosities.
1808 Feb 20, Honoré Daumier
(d.1879), French painter, sculptor, caricaturist and lithographer,
was born in Marseilles. He painted Crispin and Scapin.
(AAP, 1964)(WUD, 1994, p.369)(WSJ, 3/10/00,
1809 Feb 20, The Supreme Court
ruled the power of the federal government is greater than that of
any individual state.
1810 Feb 20, Andreas Hofer
(42), military leader (fought Napoleon's France), was executed.
1831 Feb 20, Polish
revolutionaries defeated the Russians in the Battle of Growchow.
1832 Feb 20, Charles Darwin
visited Fernando Noronha in Atlantic Ocean.
1835 Feb 20, Concepcion, Chile,
was destroyed by earthquake and some 5,000 died.
1838 Feb 20, Ludwig Boltzmann,
atomic physics engineer, was born.
1839 Feb 20, Congress
prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
1856 Feb 20, Romania abolished
the slavery of Gypsies, or Roma, but discrimination persisted
against the group.
1861 Feb 20, The Confederacy
Dept. of Navy formed.
1861 Feb 20, Steeple of
Chichester Cathedral was blown down during a storm.
1862 Feb 20, Willie Lincoln
(b.1850), son of Pres. Lincoln, died in Washington DC. Typhoid fever
was the suspected cause.
(SSFC, 3/20/05, Par
1864 Feb 20, Confederate troops
defeated a Union army sent to bring Florida into the union at the
Battle of Olustee, Fla.
1865 Feb 20, MIT was formed as
the 1st US collegiate architectural school.
1869 Feb 20, Tenn. Gov. W.C.
Brownlow declared martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis.
1872 Feb 20, Metropolitan
Museum of Art, incorporated in 1870, opened in NYC.
1872 Feb 20, A hydraulic
electric elevator was patented by Cyrus Baldwin.
1872 Feb 20, Luther Crowell
patented a machine for manufacturing paper bags.
1872 Feb 20, Silas Noble and JP
Cooley patented a toothpick manufacturing machine.
1874 Feb 20, Mary Garden, opera
star, was born in Aberdeen, Scotland.
1874 Feb 20, Benjamin Disraeli
replaced William Gladstone as English premier. Disraeli's 2nd
ministry continued to 1880.
1877 Feb 20, The 1st cantilever
bridge in US was completed at Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
1888 Feb 20, Marie Rambert,
ballet dancer and director, was born.
1893 Feb 20, Russel Crouse,
journalist, novelist, playwright (Life with Father), was born.
1894 Feb 20, Curt Richter,
biologist, was born.
1895 Feb 20, Frederick Douglass
(77), Abolitionist and escaped slave, died in Washington, D.C. In
1881 Douglass authored “The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass."
(AP, 2/19/98)(MC, 2/20/02)(ON, 7/02, p.8)
1898 Feb 20, Jimmy Yancey,
American blues pianist, was born.
1899 Feb 20, Illinois Tel &
Tel was granted a franchise for a Chicago freight tunnel system.
1900 Feb 20, J.F. Pickering
patented his airship.
1901 Feb 20, Rene Dubos,
French-US microbiologist who developed the first commercial
antibiotic, was born in France. He authored “Health & Disease."
(HN, 2/20/01)(MC, 2/20/02)
1901 Feb 20, Louis I. Kahn,
architect, was born.
1902 Feb 20, Ansel Adams,
American photographer, was born in San Francisco. He was an American
landscape photographer, especially of western wilderness and
mountain panoramas. In 1996 Mary Street Alinder released her
biography “Ansel Adams." Jonathon Spaulding released his “Ansel
Adams and the American Landscape."
(SFEC, 9/15/96, BR p.4)(HN, 2/20/99)
1903 Feb 20, Pope Leo XIII
celebrated 25 years as the Pope.
1904 Feb 20, Alexei Kosygin
(Aleksey Nikolayevich Kosygin), Soviet Premier (1964-1980), was
1906 Feb 20, Russian troops
seized large portions of Mongolia.
1907 Feb 20, Pres. Theodore
Roosevelt signed an immigration act which excluded "idiots,
imbeciles, feebleminded persons, epileptics, insane persons" from
being admitted to the US.
1909 Feb 20, F.T. Marinetti
(1876-1944), Italian poet, published the 1st Futurist Manifesto in
the Paris newspaper Le Figaro. It included statements such as “We
want to glorify war - the only cure for the world…" and We intend to
sing the love of danger, the habit of energy and fearlessness."
(www.unknown.nu/futurism/)(SFEC, 1/3/99, DB
p.27)(WSJ, 10/23/08, p.A15)(Econ, 2/22/14, p.71)
1910 Feb 20, Julian Trevelyan,
English Surrealist painter, collage maker, was born.
1915 Feb 20, President Wilson
opened the Panama-Pacific Expo in San Francisco to celebrate the
opening of the Panama Canal. A 20-acre salt marsh was paved over at
Crissey Field for the Expo. It was held on what later became the
Marina District and 300,000 people attended opening day. The fair
was crowned by a 43-story Tower of Jewels decorated with cut glass.
Herb Caen later claimed to have been conceived during the expo. A
40-ton organ with 7,000 pipes played the "Hallelujah Chorus." It was
made by the Austin Organs Co. of Hartford, Conn. After the fair it
was moved to the Civic Auditorium and used for 7 decades until the
1989 earthquake damaged it.
(SFC, 6/14/96, p.A1)(SFC, 10/4/96, p.A22)(SFC,
4/27/98, p.A20)(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W4)(SSFC, 2/15/15, p.p4)
1915 Feb 20, In San Francisco a
49-foot-long mural by William de Leftwich Dodge, title Atlantic and
Pacific," graced the 43-story Tower of Jewels for the Panama-Pacific
Expo. After the expo it was put into storage until 2015 when the de
Young Museum unrolled it for public viewing.
(SSFC, 7/26/15, p.C1)
1917 Feb 20, Kern, Bolton &
Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!," premiered in NYC.
1917 Feb 20, Ammunitions ship
exploded in Archangel harbor and about 1,500 died.
1918 Feb 20, The Soviet Red
Army seized Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine.
1920 Feb 20, Robert E. Peary
(63), US pole explorer (North Pole, 6/4/1909), died.
1921 Feb 20, Riza Khan Pahlevi
seized control of Iran. Pahlevi marched into Tehran with 2,500
soldiers and took over the government. Britain helped topple the
Qajar dynasty and replaced it with Reza Shah Pahlavi, a former
military officer. Five years later he was crowned Shah and placed
the crown upon his head with his own hands, as did Napoleon.
(NG, Sept. 1939, p.330)(WSJ, 4/2/07, p.A6)
1922 Feb 20, Vilnius,
Lithuania, agreed to separate from Poland.
1924 Feb 20, Gloria Vanderbilt,
fashion designer, was born. In 2004 she published her memoir “It
Seemed Important At the Time."
(HN, 2/20/98)(WSJ, 10/1/04, p.W7)
1924 Feb 20, Pierre Lacau, the
French Director of Antiquities, was authorized by the Egyptian
Cabinet to reopen the tomb of Tutankhamun and resume work. Howard
Carter refuses its offer to continue his work under Egyptian
May 1985, p.598)(SFC, 8/5/96, p.A10)
1925 Feb 20, Robert Altman,
film director (Nashville, The Player, M*A*S*H), was born.
1927 Feb 20, Sidney Poitier,
American actor, was born. He became the first African American to
win an Oscar for his role in "Lilies in the Field."
1927 Feb 20, Roy Cohn, lawyer,
"grand inquisitor" (for Sen Joseph McCarthy), was born.
1927 Feb 20, Golfers in SC were
arrested for violating Sabbath.
1931 Feb 20, Congress allowed
California to build the Oakland Bay Bridge.
1932 Feb 20, Japanese troops
occupied Tunhua, China.
1933 Feb 20, The House of
Representatives completed congressional action on an amendment to
repeal Prohibition. [see Apr 7]
1934 Feb 20, The opera “Four
Saints in Three Acts" by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson premiered
and became the longest running opera in Broadway history. It was
centered on St. Teresa of Avila and St. Ignatius and ran to 4 acts
that included 30 saints. It has been called “a surrealist American
folk opera." In 1997 Anthony Tommasini wrote Virgil’s biography:
“Virgil Thompson: Composer on the Aisle." In 1999 Steven Watson
authored "Prepare for Saints: Gertrude Stein, Virgil Thomson, and
the Mainstreaming of American Modernism.
(WSJ, 2/1/96, p.A-16)(WSJ, 7/16/96, p.A9)(BS,
5/3/98, p.13E)(WSJ, 3/10/99, p.A20)(SFEC, 3/28/99, BR p.2)(MC,
1934 Feb 20, In San Francisco a
fire destroyed the recently opened Anchor Brewing Co. at 1610
Harrison St. The plant specialized in steam beer for which SF
was once famous.
(SSFC, 2/15/09, DB p.50)
1936 Feb 20, Switzerland bared
all Nazis from entering the country.
1938 Feb 20, Anthony Eden
(1897-1977) resigned as British foreign secretary in a dispute with
PM Neville Chamberlain. He said Chamberlain was appeasing Germany.
1938 Feb 20, Hitler demanded
self-determination for Germans in Austria and Czechoslovakia. As
Hitler's quest for Lebensraum ("living space") expanded into
Czechoslovakia, thousands of Czechoslovakian soldiers and airmen
escaped to participate in the liberation of their country.
1939 Feb 20, In NYC the German
American Bund, founded in 1936 to promote Nazism in America, held a
rally at Madison Square Garden drawing 20,000 supporters.
(Econ, 8/19/17, p.20)
1940 Feb 20, Christoph
Eschenbach, pianist, conductor, was born in Breslau, Germany.
1941 Feb 20, The U.S. sent war
planes to the Pacific. General George C. Kenney pioneered aerial
warfare strategy and tactics in the Pacific theater.
1941 Feb 20, The 1st transport
of Jews to concentration camps left Plotsk, Poland.
1941 Feb 20, Nazis ordered
Polish Jews barred from using public transportation.
1942 Feb 20, Franklin D.
Roosevelt authorized the internment of Japanese Americans on the
West Coast. [see Feb 19]
1942 Feb 20, Lt. Edward O’Hare
downed five out of nine Japanese bombers that were attacking the
carrier Lexington, which earned him the Congressional Medal of
1943 Feb 20, German troops of
the Afrika Korps broke through the Kasserine Pass, defeating U.S.
1944 Feb 20, The Batman &
Robin comic strip premiered in newspapers.
1944 Feb 20, US took Eniwetok
1944 Feb 20, During World War
II, U.S. bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers
in a series of attacks that became known as "Big Week."
1944 Feb 20, A time-bomb
planted by Norwegian commando Knut Haukelid sank the Lake Tinn ferry
Hydro, which carried heavy water canisters from the Vemork plant
destined for Germany. 12 German soldiers and 14 civilian passengers
drowned. Rescuers saved 23 Norwegians and 4 Germans.
(ON, 4/07, p.5)
1946 Feb 20, The US Employment
Act of 1946 was signed into law. It laid the responsibility of
economic stability of inflation and unemployment onto the federal
1947 Feb 20, A chemical mixing
error caused an explosion that destroyed 42 blocks in LA.
1947 Feb 20, Lord Louis
Mountbatten was appointed the last viceroy of India.
1947 Feb 20, The British
pledged to leave India by June 1948.
1948 Feb 20, Czechoslovakia's
non-communist minister resigned.
1950 Feb 20, Welsh author-poet
Dylan Thomas arrived in NYC for his 1st US poetry reading tour.
1952 Feb 20, "African Queen"
opened at Capitol Theater in NYC.
1953 Feb 20, Riccardo Chailly,
conductor (West Berlin Symph Orch), was born in Milan, Italy.
1953 Feb 20, US Court of
Appeals ruled that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a
business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling.
1954 Feb 20, Patty Hearst,
famous kidnap hostage (Tanya), was born in SF.
1954 Feb 20, The Ford
Foundation gave a $25 million grant to the Fund for Advancement of
1955 Feb 20, Kelsey Grammer,
actor (Fraiser), was born in the Virgin Islands.
1958 Feb 20, The Broadway play
“The Day the Money Stopped" opened at the Belasco Theater. It
featured the debut of actress Collin Wilcox-Paxton (d.2009 at 74).
(SFC, 10/23/09, p.D5)
1959 Feb 20, Joel Rifkind, NY
serial killer, was born.
1959 Feb 20, The FCC applied
the equal time rule to TV newscasts of political candidates.
1960 Feb 20, English
archeologist Charles Leonard Woolley (b.1880), best known for his
excavations at Ur in Mesopotamia, died. He was knighted by King
George V in 1935.
(ON, 8/20/11, p.9)
1962 Feb 20, U.S. Marine
Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr. (1921-2016), became the first
American to orbit the earth. Launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.,
Glenn made three 90-minute orbits of the earth in Friendship 7,
radioing down to Earth, "Oh, that view is tremendous!" When the
ship's automatic altitude control system began to fail, Glenn, a
decorated WW II pilot, took manual control for the rest of the
flight. During Friendship 7's approach to Earth, Glenn saw some
flaming material breaking off the capsule, but the parachute opened
and the capsule landed safely in the Atlantic Ocean. It was some
time later that NASA mission control determined that the sparks were
crystallized water vapor released by Friendship 7's air-conditioning
system. Friendship 7's flight lasted four hours and 56 minutes.
(AP, 2/19/98)(HNPD, 2/20/99)(SFC, 12/9/16, p.A12)
1963 Feb 20, Rolf Hochhuth's
"Der Stellvertreter" (The Representative) premiered in Berlin. The
Catholic Church was outraged at portrayal of Pius XII as war
criminal. An English translation by Richard and Clara Winston of the
complete text was published as “The Deputy: A Play," by Grove Press
1963 Feb 20, Moscow offered to
allow on-site inspection of nuclear testing.
1965 Feb 20, The Ranger 8
spacecraft crashed on the moon after sending back 7,000 photos of
the lunar surface.
(HN, 2/19/98)(AP, 2/19/98)
1966 Feb 20, Chester W. Nimitz
(80), US admiral (WW II), died at home on Yerba Buena Island
(Treasure Island) in SF Bay.
(MC, 2/20/02)(Ind, 11/9/02, 5A)
1967 Feb 20, Kurt Cobain,
Nirvana grunge band musician, was born in Aberdeen, Washington. He
was found dead at his Lake Washington home on April 8, 1994, of
suicide committed about April 5.
1967 Feb 20, Elvis Presley
released his album "How Great Thou Art." The song “How Great Thou
Art" is a Christian hymn based on a Swedish poem written by Carl
Gustav Boberg (1859-1940) in Sweden in 1885.
1968 Feb 20, A North Vietnamese
army chief in Hue ordered all looters to be shot on sight.
1969 Feb 20, Ernest Ansermet
(b.1883), Swiss conductor and composer, died.
1970 Feb 20, Cheyenne Brando
(d.1995), daughter of Marlon, was born in Papeete, Tahiti.
1971 Feb 20, The National
Emergency Warning Center in Colorado erroneously ordered radio and
TV stations across the US to go off the air; some stations heeded
the alert, which was not lifted for about 40 minutes.
1971 Feb 20, Young people
protested having to cut their long hair in Athens, Greece.
1972 Feb 20, Walter Winchell
(b.1897),newspaper and radio commentator, died.
1972 Feb 20, El Salvador held
presidential elections. The blatancy of fraud employed to maintain
the PCN in power outraged and disillusioned many Salvadorans,
including members of the armed forces. Leftists protested the
(http://countrystudies.us/el-salvador/11.htm)(WSJ, 1/10/05, p.A10)
1976 Feb 20, Kathryn Kuhlman
(b.1907), American religious leader and faith healer, died in Tulsa,
1978 Feb 20, The cover of Time
magazine was titled “The Computer Society" and featured a graphic of
human bodies with heads of electronic gizmos.
1980 Feb 20, Alice Longworth
Roosevelt (b.1884), youngest daughter of Pres. Theodore Roosevelt,
1981 Feb 20, Space shuttle
Columbia cleared the final major hurdle to its maiden launch by
firing fired its three engines in a 20-second test.
1982 Feb 20, Carnegie Hall in
New York began $20 million renovations.
1985 Feb 20, Clarence Nash
(80), voice of Donald Duck, died of leukemia, in Calif.
1987 Feb 20, The Unabomber
placed a bomb in a parking lot behind CAAMS computer store in Salt
Lake City. CAAMS vice president, Gary Wright was seriously injured.
(WP, 6/29/96, p.A3)(AP, 2/19/98)
1987 Feb 20, Soviet authorities
released Jewish activist Josef Begun.
1988 Feb 20, U.S. figure skater
Brian Boitano won the gold medal in the men's competition at the
Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada, with Brian Orser of Canada
1988 Feb 20, Peter Kalikow
purchased the NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million.
1989 Feb 20, US agents and NYC
police arrested 12 people and confiscated 100 lbs heroin at 3 homes
1989 Feb 20, Members of the
European Economic Community decided to withdraw their top diplomats
from Iran to protest Ayatollah Khomeini's order for Muslims to kill
author Salman Rushdie.
1990 Feb 20, President Bush
welcomed Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel to the White House,
promising trade rewards for Prague's moves toward democracy.
1991 Feb 20, Quincy Jones’
“Back on the Block" was named album of the year at the 33rd Annual
1991 Feb 20, In the Persian
Gulf War, Baghdad radio said President Saddam Hussein would be
sending Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz back to Moscow with a reply to a
Soviet peace plan.
1992 Feb 20, Texas billionaire
Ross Perot told CNN's “Larry King Live" he would run for president
if his name were placed on the ballot in all 50 states.
1992 Feb 20, Dick York
(b.1928), actor (Bewitched), died of emphysema.
1992 Feb 20, The Premier
League, an English professional league for men's association
football clubs, was founded.
1993 Feb 20, Police in
Liverpool, England, charged two 10-year-old boys with the abduction
and slaying of toddler James Bulger, a crime that shocked the
country and terrified parents. Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were
1993 Feb 20, Ferrucio
Lamborghini (76), Italian auto-designer (Lamborghini, Miura), died.
1994 Feb 20, Pope John Paul II
demanded juristic discrimination of homosexuals.
1994 Feb 20, Three armed
Afghans seized a school bus in Islamabad with some 70 passengers
including Pakistani children.
1994 Feb 20, Bosnian Serbs,
faced with the threat of air strikes, pulled back most of their
heavy guns from around Sarajevo as a NATO deadline approached.
1995 Feb 20, An American
Marine, Sgt. Justin A. Harris, died in a helicopter crash during the
evacuation of United Nations forces from Somalia.
1996 Feb 20, Republican Pat
Buchanon won the New Hampshire primary over Bob Dole, Lamar
Alexander and Steve Forbes 30.8 to 29.7 to 25.6 to 13.8%.
(AP, 2/20/01)(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)
1996 Feb 20, Gangsta rapper
Snoop Doggy Dogg and his former bodyguard were acquitted of murder
in the 1993 shooting death of an alleged gang member.
1996 Feb 20, Kweisi Mfume began
his job as President and CEO of the NAACP.
(SFEC, 1/5/97, Z1 p.3)
1996 Feb 20, Senior Iraqi
defector Al-Majid returned home after spending 6 months in Jordan.
He was soon arrested and executed by government troops.
(WSJ, 2/21/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)(SFEC,
1997 Feb 20, The National
Transportation Safety Board called for a speedup in the redesign of
the rudder controls on Boeing 737s, citing potential problems in a
pair of deadly crashes.
1998 Feb 20, The book “The
Dream Palace of the Arabs" by Fouad Ajami (b.1945 in Lebanon)
describes the emergence and collapse of the Arab enlightenment
following WW I.
(WSJ, 2/20/98, p.A16)1
1998 Feb 20, UN Ambassador Bill
Richardson was shouted down by protestors against the invasion of
Iraq at the Univ. of Minnesota. He abandoned his speech.
(SFC, 2/21/98, p.A8)
1998 Feb 20, The UN Security
Council voted to more than double the amount of oil Iraq may sell to
buy food and medicine. The increase was from $2 bil to $5.256 bil,
although Iraq has said it was only capable of producing $4 billion
worth of oil over six months. With the US military poised to attack
Iraq, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan began a final campaign to end
the crisis over weapons inspections without bloodshed.
(SFC, 2/21/98, p.A8)(AP, 2/21/08)
1998 Feb 20, In New York an FBI
sting led to the arrest of 2 Chinese conspiring to arrange
transplants of organs taken from the bodies of executed Chinese
(SFC, 2/24/98, p.A3)
1998 Feb 20, In Columbia Army
Major Eduardo Santos Vergara and 3 local police commanders were
arrested for allegedly collaborating with paramilitary death squads
in the north. They were accused of being responsible for the Nov.
murder of Carlos Arturo Quiroz in San Jacinto.
(SFC, 2/21/98, p.A9)
1998 Feb 20, In the Congo
troops of Pres. Kabila were sent to quell a rebellion by Mai-Mai
tribal warriors. A human rights group, Azadho, later charged the
troops in a massacre of over 300 civilians in Butembo.
(SFC, 3/7/98, p.A10)
1998 Feb 20, Tens of thousands
of Croats protested in Zagreb against high unemployment and falling
(SFC, 2/21/98, p.A10)
1998 Feb 20, In Israel
hundreds of Israeli Arabs protested the threatened US strike against
(SFC, 2/21/98, p.A8)
1998 Feb 20, Tara Lipinski of
the U.S. won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, becoming at
age 15 the youngest gold medalist in Winter Olympics history;
Michelle Kwan won the silver.
1998 Feb 20, In Jordan a
pro-Iraq march turned violent and one person was killed.
(SFC, 2/21/98, p.A8)
1998 Feb 20, In Northern
Ireland Sinn Fein was suspended from peace talks for 17 days on
condition that it not engage in violence.
(SFC, 2/21/98, p.A8)
1998 Feb 20, In Northern
Ireland a 500-pound bomb in Moira left 11 people injured and wrecked
a police station. It was blamed on the Continuity Army Council, an
IRA splinter group.
(SFEC, 2/22/98, p.A21)
1998 Feb 20, In New Zealand a
4th power cable failed in Auckland and the city was left without
power. Full service was not expected until Mar 9.
(SFC, 2/26/98, p.A7)
1998 Feb 20, In Sierra Leone
former pres. Joseph Momoh was caught while trying to escape the
capital under disguise as a woman. He was alleged to be a close
advisor to the junta that ousted Pres. Kabbah.
(SFC, 2/21/98, p.A9)
1999 Feb 20, The United States
and five other nations agreed to extend by three days the deadline
for a Kosovo peace agreement. NATO had threatened airstrikes against
the Serbs if they did not reach an agreement with Albanian
1999 Feb 20, Gene Siskel (53),
movie critic, died in Evanston, Ill., of complications from brain
(SFEC, 2/20/99, p.D8)(SFC, 7/16/03, p.A19)(AP,
1999 Feb 20, In France the
peace talks between Serbs and ethnic Albanians of Kosovo were
extended for 2 days.
(SFEC, 2/20/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 20, Prime Minister
Atal Behari Vajpayee of India rode to Pakistan by bus to meet with
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for 2 days of talks.
(SFEC, 2/20/99, p.A17)
1999 Feb 20, In Nigeria
National Assembly elections were scheduled. 469 seats in a bicameral
legislature were vied for by 3 parties. 360 members were for the
House of Representatives and 109 were for senators.
(WSJ, 2/19/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 2/20/99, p.A20)
2000 Feb 20, The Fox TV network
canceled the scheduled rebroadcast of its highly rated special “Who
Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?" after learning that the groom,
Rick Rockwell, once was accused of hitting and threatening to kill
an ex-girlfriend, accusations Rockwell denied.
2000 Feb 20, In Mitrovica,
Kosovo, angry Serbs pelted US troops in the northern district during
a citywide search for weapons.
(SFC, 2/21/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 20, In the Philippines
2nd round talks between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation
Front (MILF) separatists were cancelled. Government troops had
earlier begun a major offensive and captured a section of Camp Omar
in Maguindanao. Sporadic clashes ensued and dozens of people were
(SFC, 2/21/00, p.A14)
2000 Feb 20, In Senegal
guerrillas ambushed 2 tour buses and killed 2 soldiers and 2 tour
guides and injured about 20 European tourists at Kaliane village
near Ziguinchor in the Casamance region.
(SFC, 2/22/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 20, In Turkey 3
Kurdish mayors, the leaders of over 35 Kurdish mayors, were arrested
on charges that they maintained contacts with terrorists.
(SFC, 2/21/00, p.A10)
2001 Feb 20, The government
announced the arrest two days earlier of veteran FBI agent Robert
Philip Hanssen, accused of spying for Russia for more than 15 years.
2001 Feb 20, Space Shuttle
Atlantis landed at Edwards air Force Base following a 13-day mission
to the Int’l. Space Station. Three straight days of bad weather
prevented the ship from returning to its Florida home port.
(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A5)(AP, 2/20/02)
2001 Feb 20, In Israel Prime
Minister Ehud Barak withdrew from a proposed position as Defense
Minister under Ariel Sharon.
(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 20, Hassan Turabi,
Sudan’s top Islamic theologian and former parliamentary speaker,
called for the Sudanese to rise against the government of Omar
el-Bashir. He was arrested the next day.
(SFC, 2/23/01, p.A20)
2002 Feb 20, President Bush, on
the final leg of his Asian trip, arrived in China, where he urged
President Jiang Zemin to respect religious freedoms.
2002 Feb 20, At the Salt Lake
City Winter Olympics, Jim Shea won the men's skeleton race,
finishing the two runs at Utah Olympic Park in one minute, 41.96
seconds. The victory was the culmination of an emotional two months
for Shea, whose 91-year-old grandfather, Olympic gold medal
speedskater Jack Shea, died four weeks earlier. American speedskater
Apolo Anton Ohno won the 1,500 meters after South Korean Kim
Dong-sung, who had crossed the finish line ahead of him, was
(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/20/07)
2002 Feb 20, The Pentagon said
its new Office of Strategic Influence would not spread falsehoods in
the media to advance US war goals. The office was closed down Feb
(WSJ, 2/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 2/27/02, p.A9)
2002 Feb 20, In Colombia
guerrillas hijacked a commercial flight and took captive Sen. Jorge
Eduardo Gechem Turbay. In response Pres. Andres Pastrana ended
three-year-old peace talks with the FARC and ordered his military to
retake the southern rebel haven. Gechem was released on Feb 27,
p.A10)(Econ, 12/6/14, p.38)
2002 Feb 20, The Israeli
Supreme Court ruled that the state must recognized as Jews people
converted by Reform and Conservative rabbis in Israel.
(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A15)
2002 Feb 20, Israeli forces
fired on Palestinian police compounds and killed 12 security
officials including 4 guards at Gaza police compounds and 6
policemen in Nablus.
(SFC, 2/20/02, p.A8)
2002 Feb 20, In Nepal 12 Maoist
guerrillas were killed in fighting at Kalikot and other locations.
(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A13)
2002 Feb 20, In Sudan a
government helicopter gunship attacked civilians waiting for food at
a UN site and at least 17 people were killed. The US suspended peace
efforts following the attack.
(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A13)
2003 Feb 20, Pentagon
officials said they will send over 1,700 US troops to the
Philippines over the next few weeks to fight Muslim extremists.
(SFC, 2/21/03, A1)
2003 Feb 20, Sami Al-Arian, a
University of South Florida engineering professor, and seven other
men were charged with financing a Palestinian terrorist group. Four
of the men face trial; the other four have yet to be arrested. In
2005 a Florida jury cleared Al-Arian and 3 co-defendants of terror
(AP, 2/20/04)(SFC, 12/6/05, p.A5)
2003 Feb 20, Former Air Force
Master Sgt. Brian Patrick Regan was convicted in Alexandria, Va., of
offering to sell U.S. intelligence to Iraq and China but acquitted
of attempted spying for Libya. Regan was later sentenced to life
2003 Feb 20, A 17-year-old
Mexican girl mistakenly given a heart and lungs with the wrong blood
type received a second set of organs at Duke University Medical
Center in North Carolina; however, Jesica Santillan suffered brain
damage and died Feb 22.
2003 Feb 20, In Rhode
Island The Station, a West Warwick nightclub, erupted in a raging
fire during a pyrotechnics display at a rock concert, 98 people were
killed and 200 others injured. Flammable soundproofing was later
blamed. In Feb, 2006, Dan Biechele, manager of the band, pleaded
guilty to 100 counts of manslaughter in exchange for up to 10 years
in prison. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison. In 2008
Anheuser-Busch and a Rhode Island beer distributor agreed to pay $21
million to settle lawsuits brought by survivors of the fire.
(SFC, 2/22/03, A1)(WSJ, 3/3/03, p.A1)(SFC,
2/1/06, p.A3)(SFC, 5/11/06, p.A7)(SFC, 5/24/08, p.A3)
2003 Feb 20, Orville L.
Freeman (1919-2003) former governor of Minnesota (1955-1960) and US
agriculture secretary under Pres. Kennedy and Johnson, died at age
(SFC, 2/22/03, A16)
2003 Feb 20, Maurice
Blanchot (95), French postmodern novelist, died. His novels included
"Thomas the Obscure" (1973).
(SFC, 3/3/03, p.B6)
2003 Feb 20, Israeli
soldiers killed a Palestinian and carried out house-to-house
searches in the West Bank and divided the Gaza Strip into three
parts, restricting the movement of more than 1 million Palestinians.
2003 Feb 20, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir explosives hidden in snow near a town
market of Baramula killed six civilians.
2003 Feb 20, In Pakistan
a military plane crashed into a mountainside in a remote
northwestern region, killing all 17 people on board, including the
chief of the air force, Mushaf Ali Mir (57).
2003 Feb 20, Peru
replaced harsh anti-terrorism laws put in place by former Pres.
Alberto Fujimori, and will review the sentences of at least 1,800
2003 Feb 20, In Saudi
Arabia a British defense worker was killed by Saud bin Ali bin
Nasser, a Saudi citizen.
(SFC, 2/21/03, A1)
2003 Feb 20, In Spain
police shut down the daily Egunkaria, a Basque-language newspaper,
and arrested its editor-in-chief and 10 other executives on
suspicion of aiding the armed separatist group ETA.
2004 Feb 20, Pres. Bush
bypassed the Senate and seated William H. Pryor Jr., Alabama
attorney and abortion opponent, as an appeals court judge through
(SFC, 2/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 20, Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger directed the California state attorney general to
take immediate legal steps to stop SF from granting marriage
licenses to gay couples.
(AP, 2/21/04)(SFC, 2/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 20, In Virginia 1
person won at least $230 million in the Mega Millions lottery,
becoming the biggest winner in the game's history.
2004 Feb 20, In Texas a strain
of avian flu was reported in Gonzales County. Further checks
revealed that it was highly pathogenic, but posed little risk to
(SFC, 2/24/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 20, The US and a
host of other countries urged Haitian President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide and opposition leaders to form a broad-based government as
a move toward ending weeks of bloody conflict. Haiti's poorly
trained and equipped police put up little resistance as rebels moved
against the government.
2004 Feb 20, In Iran Islamic
hard-liners and reformers dueled during parliamentary elections.
2004 Feb 20, Lithuania expelled
three Russian diplomats for trying to gather information related to
the impeachment of Lithuanian President Rolandas Paksas "in an
improper and illegal way."
2005 Feb 20, In Florida Jeff
Gordon won his third Daytona 500. Gordon was born in Vallejo,
California, and raised in Pittsboro, Indiana.
2005 Feb 20, Allen Iverson was
selected MVP of the NBA All-Star game, helping the Eastern
Conference to a 125-115 victory.
2005 Feb 20, President Bush
landed in Belgium to begin a five-day European trip aimed at
fostering a friendly atmosphere early in his second term.
2005 Feb 20, An estimate of the
total US debt, public and private, amounted to $37 trillion.
(SSFC, 2/20/05, p.C3)
2005 Feb 20, Sandra Dee (62),
film actress born as Alexandra Zuck, died. She was arguably the
biggest female teen idol of her time. Her films included "Gidget"
and "Tammy and the Doctor." Her 1960 marriage to singer Bobby Darin
ended in divorce in 1967.
2005 Feb 20, John Raitt (88),
singer Bonnie Raitt's father, died. He was famous in his own right
as the robust baritone who livened musicals such as "Carousel" and
"The Pajama Game." He also starred in the 1957 Pajama Game film with
2005 Feb 20, Hunter S. Thompson
(b.1937), gonzo journalist, committed suicide at Owl Farm, Woody
Creek, Colo. Thompson inserted himself into his accounts of
America's underbelly and popularized a first-person form of
journalism in books such as “The Rum Diary" (1998) and "Fear and
Loathing in Las Vegas" (1972). His ashes were blown into the
Colorado sky on Aug 20.
(AP, 2/21/05)(SFC, 2/21/05, p.A8)(Econ, 2/26/05,
p.86)(SSFC, 8/21/05, p.A6)(SSFC, 12/10/17, p.A12)
2005 Feb 20, Nearly 150,000
Turkish Cypriots and illegal mainland settlers voted in a
parliamentary election for a government only recognized by Turkey
but which is seen as a barometer of prospects for reunification of
the war-divided island. The pro-reunification governing party of
Mehmet Ali Talat won.
2005 Feb 20, Former Presidents
George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton visited Indonesia's
tsunami-ravaged Aceh province, flying over a vast wasteland of
2005 Feb 20, Iraqi and US
security forces surrounded the city of Ramadi in an effort to
confront a simmering insurgency there.
(SFC, 2/21/05, p.A8)
2005 Feb 20, Iraqi forces
captured Talib Mikhlif Arsan Walman al-Dulaymi (aka Abu Qutaybah), a
key aide to Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who leads
an insurgency affiliated with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.
2005 Feb 20, The Irish
government identified 3 top Sinn Fein figures, including Gerry
Adams, as members of the IRA command.
(SFC, 2/21/05, p.A3)
2005 Feb 20, Israel's Cabinet
gave final approval to the government's planned withdrawal from the
Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements.
2005 Feb 20, In Peru Maoist
Shining Path insurgents ambushed and killed three policemen in
Huallaga Valley, a remote jungle area known for guerrilla activity.
2005 Feb 20, Portugal voted in
an early general election. Socialists led by Jose Socrates swept PM
Pedro Santana Lopes' centre-right Social Democrats from office on
the back of rising unemployment.
(AFP, 2/20/05)(Econ, 2/26/05, p.49)
2005 Feb 20, Spanish voters
endorsed the EU constitution in a nonbinding referendum.
(SFC, 2/21/05, p.A3)
2005 Feb 20, In southern
Russian security forces stormed an apartment building in Nalchik,
Kabardino-Balkariya, where a small group of suspected Islamic
militants had barricaded themselves, killing all the rebels.
2005 Feb 20, In Sudan Sheik
Abdul-Rahim al-Buraei (82), a top Sufi Islamic cleric who wrote
mystical poems and helped peace efforts, died.
2006 Feb 20, President George
Bush, visiting Milwaukee, outlined his energy proposals to help wean
the country off foreign oil.
2006 Feb 20, A senior US
official said Vietnam and the US have resumed their human rights
dialogue after a three-year suspension, renewing links with
2006 Feb 20, Louisiana Gov.
Kathleen Blanco outlined a $7.5 billion rebuilding, relocation and
buyout plan for residents whose homes were damaged by last year’s
(SFC, 2/21/06, p.A4)
2006 Feb 20, Scientists feared
that leaping, hyperactive Asian carp, silver and bighead carp, will
reach the US Great Lakes, devour the base of the food chain and
spoil drinking water for 40 million people. The carp, which escaped
lagoons in Arkansas during late 1990s flooding, could set off an
ecological collapse in the lakes.
2006 Feb 20, Curt Gowdy (1919),
Montana-born sports announcer, died in Fla.
(SFC, 2/21/06, p.B5)
2006 Feb 20, Archbishop Paul C.
Marcinkus (84), a former Vatican bank chief linked to a huge Italian
banking scandal in the 1980s, was found dead in his home in Sun
2006 Feb 20, In Austria
right-wing British historian David Irving (67) pleaded guilty to
charges of denying the Holocaust and conceded that he was wrong to
say there were no Nazi gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration
2006 Feb 20, Milan Lukic, a
Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect who had been indicted by a UN
tribunal in connection with atrocities during the former war in
Bosnia, was extradited from Argentina to The Hague.
2006 Feb 20, In Congo Reuters
obtained a copy of a 2005 report of a parliamentary investigation,
established to probe business deals signed during Congo's 1996-1997
and 1998-2003 wars. The report said dozens of government contracts
struck during Congo's wars must be renegotiated, some companies
closed and leading individuals brought to justice.
2006 Feb 20, Farmers clashed on
the island of Crete with striking seamen who kept Greece's ports
closed for a fifth day. The protest has caused food and gasoline
supply problems for some Greek islands, and forced farmers to dump
2006 Feb 20, Zalmay Khalilzad,
US ambassador to Iraq, warned Iraqi politicians they risk a loss of
American support if they do not establish a genuine national unity
government, saying the US will not invest its resources in
institutions run by sectarians. At least 24 people, including an
American soldier, were killed by bombings in Baghdad and elsewhere.
Two Macedonian contractors were freed by kidnappers four days after
they were abducted in Basra.
2006 Feb 20, In Iraq the
governing council of Karbala province said it was suspending contact
with US forces over the behavior of soldiers during a visit to the
governor's office two days ago.
2006 Feb 20, At the Turin
Olympics, Tanith Belbin and partner Ben Agosto snapped the US medals
drought in figure skating with a silver; Russians Tatiana Navka and
Roman Kostomarov won the gold.
2006 Feb 20, Liberia's
president inaugurated a truth commission to investigate crimes and
human rights abuses committed in the war-battered country over the
last quarter century.
2006 Feb 20, In Nigeria
militants in southern Nigeria destroyed an oil pipeline and blew up
a boat in violence that has cut about 20 percent of crude production
in Africa's oil giant.
2006 Feb 20, Hamas began
coalition talks to form the Palestinians' first government led by
Islamic militants after winning the nod from moderate Palestinian
leader Mahmoud Abbas.
2006 Feb 20, Russian and
Iranian negotiators concluded a day of talks on Moscow's offer to
enrich uranium for Iran and agreed to continue.
2006 Feb 20, UN mediated talks
on the future status of Kosovo opened in Vienna as Serbs and ethnic
Albanians staked out tough positions. The talks produced no
agreement and were scheduled to resume in a month.
2007 Feb 20, In a victory for
President Bush, a divided federal appeals court ruled that
Guantanamo Bay detainees could not use the U.S. court system to
challenge their indefinite imprisonment.
2007 Feb 20, In New Orleans,
thousands of hurricane-weary residents joined with rowdy visitors to
celebrate the second Mardi Gras since Katrina.
2007 Feb 20, Vice President
Dick Cheney arrived in Japan for a meeting with the emperor, dinner
with the PM and a pep rally for US troops aboard the aircraft
carrier Kitty Hawk.
2007 Feb 20, It was reported
that Jerry Yang (38), co-founder of Yahoo, will donate $75 million
to Stanford Univ. Yang and David Filo founded Yahoo in March, 1995.
(WSJ, 2/20/07, p.B5)
2007 Feb 20, Three men from
Canada, Taiwan and the United States completed a 4,000 mile run
across the Sahara Desert over 111 days to draw attention to the lack
of access to water in many countries they crossed.
2007 Feb 20, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker disguised as a health worker blew
himself up at a hospital opening ceremony, wounding at least 6 US
soldiers. An official said Afghan authorities raided dozens of
guesthouses suspected of illegally serving alcohol and arrested 14
people, including five foreigners, in a crackdown on vice in this
(AP, 2/20/07)(WSJ, 2/21/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 20, Claiming a world
first for a national government, Australia’s Environment Minister
Malcolm Turnbull said incandescent lightbulbs would be phased out by
2010 in favor of the more fuel-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
2007 Feb 20, Britain’s PM Tony
Blair said its 7,100 man force in Iraq would be cut to 5,500 over
the next few months.
(Econ, 2/24/07, p.68)
2007 Feb 20, In Britain Ken
Livingstone, London's socialist mayor, signed an agreement with
Venezuela's state-owned oil company to provide discounted oil for
the city's iconic red buses.
2007 Feb 20, The Canadian
government and Bill Gates announced an initiative to establish a
research institute to develop an AIDS vaccine, committing a total of
$119 million to the project.
2007 Feb 20, Congo’s army and
UN officials said days of clashes between the army and Rwandan and
Congolese militias in eastern Congo have killed at least 23
combatants and forced thousands to flee.
2007 Feb 20, EU ministers
agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below their 1990 level
(SFC, 2/21/07, p.C5)
2007 Feb 20, In southern India
a river boat carrying children on a school trip capsized, and at
least 18 children and four teachers drowned, a local official said.
Sixteen children were missing.
2007 Feb 20, A car bomb and a
suicide attacker killed at least 11 people across Baghdad. Later in
the day a suicide bomber in Baghdad had struck a funeral procession
and killed at least seven people. Outside Baghdad nearly 150 people
were hospitalized complaining of breathing problems, vomiting and
other ailments after a truck carrying a chlorine-based substance was
hit by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad. The attack left 7 dead. A
government statement said 3 officers of the Shiite-dominated police
force have been cleared of allegations that they raped a Sunni woman
in their custody. A raid on the car bomb factory near Karmah, in
Anbar, uncovered a pickup truck and three other vehicles that were
being prepared as car bombs.
(AP, 2/20/07)(AFP, 2/22/07)(AP, 2/23/07)
2007 Feb 20, Nigeria's court of
appeal ruled that President Olusegun Obasanjo had no legal power to
sack of his deputy president for having joined an opposition party.
2007 Feb 20, Pakistani
authorities shut down a zoo in Islamabad and slaughtered dozens of
birds after the deadly H5N1 flu virus was found in peacocks and
geese. This marked the fourth case of the virus detected in Pakistan
2007 Feb 20, Mohammad Sarwar, a
suspected Islamist zealot, shot dead Zil-e-Huma (37), social welfare
minister of the Punjab government, because he believed women should
not be in politics. Sarwar was immediately arrested.
2007 Feb 20, In Somalia mortar
rounds and rockets hit Mogadishu in a series of attacks that killed
15 people, including a 4-year-old boy, and wounded more than 40
others. The UN Security Council voted unanimously to authorize an
African Union force to help stabilize Somalia.
(AP, 2/20/07)(AFP, 2/20/07)
2007 Feb 20, Sri Lankan
military aircraft bombed rebel-held territory, killing at least two
villagers, as the military reported four more deaths.
2007 Feb 20, South Africa's
environment minister announced long-awaited restrictions on hunting,
declaring he was sickened by wealthy tourists shooting tame lions
from the back of a truck and felling rhinos with a bow and arrow.
2008 Feb 20, A US Navy SM-3
missile knocked out a dying US spy satellite. Officials said the
intent was to destroy an onboard tank of toxic fuel.
(SFC, 2/21/08, p.A3)
2008 Feb 20, In Afghanistan an
explosion in Helmand province claimed the life of a British soldier.
30 Taliban militants were killed in a joint Afghan and foreign
special forces operation backed by air support in southern Helmand
(AP, 2/21/08)(AFP, 2/21/08)
2008 Feb 20, In Armenia
thousands of opposition supporters marched through the capital after
an election official said complete results showed that the prime
minister had won the presidential election. On Jan 19, 2010, a court
sentenced Nikola Pashinian, editor of the Armenian Times opposition
newspaper, to seven years in prison for organizing mass unrest in
the wake of the 2008 presidential elections.
(AP, 2/20/08)(AP, 1/19/10)
2008 Feb 20, The US FDA
inspected a heparin production facility in China. 19 deaths and some
350 allergic reactions had taken place among patients who received
heparin sold in the US by Baxter Int’l. In March officials
identified oversulfated condroitin sulfate, a chemical that does not
occur naturally, as a contaminant in the drug. In April the death
toll linked to contaminated heparin was raised to 62.
(WS, 2/21/08, p.A1)(SFC, 3/20/08, p.C3)(SFC,
2008 Feb 20, Quebec provincial
police conducted raids, breaking up a hacking ring that police said
was responsible for an estimated CDN$45 million (US$44.3 million) in
damage to computer systems.
2008 Feb 20, Ecuador's
government declared a national state of emergency police to help
with aid in flooded regions. 12 people had died and thousands were
displaced as severe rains and floods battered the small Andean
2008 Feb 20, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel attacked Liechtenstein’s traditional banking secrecy
and demanded a US-style deal giving Berlin insight into German
investments in the Alpine tax haven.
2008 Feb 20, In Ghana President
Bush sought to soothe African fears about American interests on the
continent. He said the US isn’t aiming to make Africa into a base
for greater military power or a proxy battleground with China.
2008 Feb 20, A powerful
earthquake struck western Indonesia, killing three people and
injuring 25 others.
2008 Feb 20, Yevgeny Adamov,
the former atomic energy minister whom Washington accused of
stealing millions in U.S. government funds earmarked for bolstering
security at Russian nuclear plants, was sentenced Wednesday to 5 ½
years in prison.
2009 Feb 20, US Defense
Secretary Robert Gates said up to 20 nations have offered to boost
their civilian or military commitments to Afghanistan.
2009 Feb 20, A US Army medic
was convicted of murder for his involvement in the execution-style
slayings of four bound and blindfolded Iraqi detainees shot in the
back of the head in the spring of 2007. The court sentenced him to
life in prison.
2009 Feb 20, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger made nearly $1 billion in line-item trims and signed
the new budget bill. The 33 bills in the budget plan included $15
billion in spending cuts, $11.4 billion in borrowing, $12.8 billion
in taxes and about $2 billion in funds from the new federal stimulus
(SFC, 2/20/09, p.A12)(SFC, 2/21/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 20, In California
Ahmadullah Sais Niazi (34), the Afghan-born brother-in-law of Osama
bin Laden’s former bodyguard, was arrested in Orange County on
charges that he lied about ties to terrorist groups on citizenship
and passport papers.
(SFC, 2/21/09, p.A4)
2009 Feb 20, Louisiana Gov.
Bobby Jindal announced that he will decline stimulus money
specifically targeted at expanding state unemployment insurance
coverage, becoming the first state executive to officially refuse
any part of the federal government’s payout to states.
2009 Feb 20, In Homer, La.,
police officers Tim Cox and Joey Henry were involved in the fatal
shooting of Bernard Monroe Sr. (73). The shooting sparked protests
and at least 2 investigations. In July both officers resigned from
the police force.
(SFC, 7/29/09, p.A4)
2009 Feb 20, General Motors
Corp.'s Swedish-based subsidiary Saab went into bankruptcy
protection so the unit can be spun off or sold by its struggling US
2009 Feb 20, In Wampum,
Pennsylvania, Jordan Brown (11) shot his father's pregnant fiancee,
Kenzie Marie Houk (26), in the back of the head as she lay in bed.
He then put his youth model 20-gauge shotgun back in his room before
going out to catch his school bus. On March 29, 2010, a judge ruled
that boy will be tried as an adult.
(AP, 2/22/09)(SFC, 3/30/10, p.A10)
2009 Feb 20, Australian Federal
Police agents with search warrants boarded an anti-whaling group's
ship, the Steve Irwin, as it docked in the southern Australian city
of Hobart. They seized videotapes of violent clashes between the
activists and Japanese whalers.
2009 Feb 20, The Canadian units
of General Motors Corp and Chrysler sought as much as C$10 billion
($8 billion) in aid from the Canadian and Ontario governments as
they fought to survive an industry wide crisis.
2009 Feb 20, US Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing for talks with Chinese
leaders after vowing not to let human rights block progress on the
global economic crisis, climate change and security.
2009 Feb 20, Chinese
authorities closed a chemical plant being investigated for
contaminating water supplies to 1.5 million people in the country's
east. Water supplies were restored after a five-hour shutdown.
Biaoxin Chemical Company caused "massive" tap water pollution in
Yancheng, a city in east Jiangsu province. Investigators identified
the pollutant as a phenol compound used to make products including
air fresheners, medical ointments, cosmetics and sunscreens.
2009 Feb 20, In Egypt 5 crew
members died when a Ukrainian cargo plane crashed during takeoff,
burst into flames and slid down the runway in the city of Luxor.
2009 Feb 20, Christopher Nolan
(43), an Irish poet and novelist, died in Dublin. He had refused to
let cerebral palsy get in the way of his writing. Using a "unicorn
stick" strapped to his forehead to tap the keys of a typewriter,
Nolan laboriously wrote out messages and, eventually, poems and
books as well. His autobiography, "Under the Eye of the Clock: The
Life Story of Christopher Nolan," won the prestigious Whitbread
Award in 1988.
(AP, 2/22/09)(Econ, 2/28/09, p.91)
2009 Feb 20, In Israel Benjamin
Netanyahu appealed to his moderate rivals to join him after the
hard-liner was formally tapped to put together Israel's next ruling
coalition, an alliance that would dilute the power of nationalists
bent on derailing Mideast peace talks.
2009 Feb 20, Kyrgyzstan ordered
US forces to depart within six months from an air base key to
military operations in Afghanistan, complicating plans to send more
troops to battle rising Taliban and al-Qaida violence. A US military
official said Uzbekistan will allow non-lethal US military cargo
heading to Afghanistan to transit through the country.
2009 Feb 20, Latvia's
center-right coalition government resigned after weeks of
instability brought on by the Baltic country's economic collapse.
President Valdis Zatlers said he accepted the resignation of PM
Ivars Godmanis and his administration, which had been in power since
2009 Feb 20, Madagascar
security forces regained control of four government ministries
overnight from opposition activists. Police arrested 50 people and
no injuries were reported.
2009 Feb 20, In Mexico criminal
gangs in Ciudad Juarez followed up on threats and killed police
officer Cesar Ivan Portillo and city jail guard Juan Pablo Ruiz as
they left their homes before dawn to head to work. Public Safety
Secretary Roberto Orduna, the police chief of Ciudad Juarez,
stepped down hours later.
2009 Feb 20, In Myanmar the
government announced an amnesty for 6,300 prisoners. Only a handful
of political detainees were among those released.
(SFC, 2/21/09, p.A2)(AFP, 2/22/09)
2009 Feb 20, Nigeria ordered
its customs service and security and environmental agencies to clamp
down on illegal imports of potentially toxic electronic waste.
2009 Feb 20, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked the funeral of a slain Shiite
Muslim leader, killing 28 people and triggering deadly rioting.
2009 Feb 20, A Swaziland
government report said about 42 percent of pregnant women in the
country are infected with the virus that causes AIDS, a 3 percent
jump in a single year. An estimated 185,000 of Swaziland's 1 million
people are HIV positive, and about 30,000 are receiving
2009 Feb 20, In Somalia
hardline Islamist militia attacked African Union forces in
Mogadishu, killing one civilian and wounding two others.
2009 Feb 20, Tamil Tiger rebel
pilots on a kamikaze mission crashed their planes in the Sri Lankan
capital, killing two people.
2009 Feb 20, Banking details of
eight American clients of Switzerland's largest bank were sent to US
authorities along with the names of more than 240 other American
clients of UBS. A Swiss court order blocking the move came too late
to stop the action.
2009 Feb 20, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents ambushed a military convoy and
beheaded two soldiers in the second such attack this month.
2009 Feb 20, Six African
migrants drowned and 11 more are presumed dead after smugglers in
the Gulf of Aden forced their passengers overboard in deep water off
Yemen. The smuggling boat was carrying 40 Somalis and 12 Ethiopians
when it approached Yemen's coast.
2010 Feb 20, It was reported
that confidential US FDA reports have recommended the removal of
Avandia, a drug used to treat Type 2 diabetes, off the market. Also
know as rosiglitazone, it was linked to 304 deaths due to heart
attacks and heart failures during the 3rd quarter of 2009.
GlaxoSmithKline held that Avandia should continue to be an option.
(SFC, 2/20/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 20, Alexander Haig
(b.1924), a former US Secretary of State and four-star general, died
of complications from an infection. He had served as a top adviser
to three presidents and had sought the Republican presidential
nomination for the 1988 elections.
2010 Feb 20, In Florida 3
teenage girls crossing a bridge in Melbourne were killed by a
freight train as they desperately tried to get out of its way. A
helpless friend on the other side could only watch.
2010 Feb 20, Loni Ding (78),
filmmaker, educator and activist, died in Oakland, Ca. Her work
included “Ancestors in the Americas," a 1996 PBS documentary. Over 3
decades she turned out more than 250 programs for broadcast, many of
which explored the experiences of Asians in the New World.
(SFC, 3/12/10, p.C6)
2010 Feb 20, In Afghanistan 2
NATO service members were killed, one by rocket or mortar fire in
the east and another in a bombing in the south. The fatalities was
not related to the Marjah area fighting.
2010 Feb 20, China said 35
people were killed in fires during the week-long new year holiday as
millions of people set off fireworks to usher in the Year of the
2010 Feb 20, German weekly Der
Spiegel reported that Germany's finance ministry has sketched out a
plan in which countries using the euro currency will provide aid
worth between 20 billion and 25 billion euros ($27-$33.7 billion)
2010 Feb 20, In India forestry
officer Uday Vir Singh bluffed his way past private militia guarding
the Belekeri port and proceeded to uncover a massive scam of illegal
shipments of iron ore to China that involved hundreds of officials
and politicians in Karnataka state.
(Econ, 3/15/14, p.23)
2010 Feb 20, Iraq's main Sunni
party said it is dropping out of next month's national elections,
seizing on U.S. concerns about Iran's influence in the political
process as proof that the vote will not be legitimate. Iraqi police
said they found Adnan al-Dahan (57), a Syrian Orthodox shopkeeper,
shot to death in Mosul, the fifth Christian killing in a week
thought to be related to March elections.
(AP, 2/20/10)(AFP, 2/20/10)
2010 Feb 20 - 2010, Feb 23, In
Iraq 8,080 computers, worth $1.8 million from US taxpayers, arrived
at the port of Umm Qasr destined for school children in Babil, but
failed to reached their destination. In August Iraqis auctioned
4,200 of the computers for $45,700. Whereabouts of the rest were
unknown. In Sep arrest warrants were issued for 10 customs officials
at Umm Qasr and investigations continued.
(SSFC, 9/26/10, p.A4)
2010 Feb 20, Israeli forces
wounded at least four Palestinians in a firefight in the southern
Gaza Strip and two more in the West Bank as they tried to cross into
Israel. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and
the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade issued a joint statement saying their
men had "attacked four Israeli army jeeps with rocket-propelled
grenades, and they responded with machine-gun fire from an assault
helicopter and tank fire."
2010 Feb 20, Mexican police
found the bound bodies of two men on a highway just outside the
Pacific coast resort of Acapulco. The body of a third man, missing
its head and limbs, was found in Ciudad Altamirano, an inland city
2010 Feb 20, The Dutch
coalition government collapsed over whether to extend the country's
military mission in Afghanistan, leaving the future of its 1,600
soldiers fighting there uncertain. An early election is now
2010 Feb 20, A Pakistani army
airstrike killed 30 militants in the Shawal mountains of the South
Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Suicide attackers
struck two police stations in Mansehra district, killing a police
2010 Feb 20, On Portugal’s
Madeira Islands torrential flash floods and mudslides killed at
least 42 people in the capital city of Funchal. The number of people
missing soon rose to 29.
(AP, 2/21/10)(AP, 2/22/10)(AP, 2/23/10)(AP,
2010 Feb 20, Rwandan police
arrested 3 suspects in connection with three Feb 19 grenade attacks
in Kigali that left two people dead.
2010 Feb 20, Darfur's most
heavily armed rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement, said
that it had signed a framework agreement with the Sudanese
government in Chad that provides for a ceasefire. Sudanese President
Omar Hassan al-Bashir was due to sign the same agreement with JEM
leader Khalil Ibrahim in Qatar on Feb 23, watched by diplomats and
the presidents of Chad and Eritrea.
(AFP, 2/20/10)(Reuters, 2/23/10)
2010 Feb 20, Ukrainian PM Yulia
Tymoshenko dropped her legal challenge to her rival's presidential
election victory, saying she had lost faith in the country's courts.
2011 Feb 20, It was reported
that researchers have found a 225-percent increase in oral cancer
cases in the United States from 1974 to 2007, mainly among white
men. US scientists have said there is strong evidence linking oral
sex to cancer, and urged more study of how human papillomaviruses
may be to blame for a rise in oral cancer among white men.
2011 Feb 20, In Massachusetts a
car driven by Aaron Deveau (17) slipped across the center line of a
Haverhill street and crashed into a truck driven by Donald Bowley
(55), who died 18 days later. Bowley’s girlfriend survived the
crash. Car driver Aaron Deveau was convicted in 2012 for texting
while driving and sentenced to a year in jail.
(SFC, 6/7/12, p.A9)(http://tinyurl.com/77c4ouq)
2011 Feb 20, Afghan provincial
Governor Fazlullah Wahidi said 64 civilians, including women and
children, were killed in 4 days of operations by NATO and Afghan
forces in eastern Kunar province. NATO said 36 armed insurgents were
killed. Coalition forces fired at three insurgents planting a
roadside mine near a NATO base in Nangarhar province. One weapon
missed the target, hit a house and killed a couple and their four
(Reuters, 2/20/11)(AP, 2/21/11)
2011 Feb 20, In Azerbaijan 7
teenage soldiers were killed at a military base in the west of the
country. Local media saying a soldier went on a rampage before
turning the gun on himself.
2011 Feb 20, Bahrain's
opposition wants the nation's rulers to guarantee they will back up
their conciliatory words with actions. At least 7 people have been
killed and hundreds injured since the Arab wave for change reached
the Gulf last Feb 14.
2011 Feb 20, In Burkina Faso
Justin Zongo died while in police custody. The student's death
sparked months of protests that left at least six dead. In August
three policemen faced charges of aggravated assault related to his
2011 Feb 20, In China
opposition campaigners said the government has detained top
activists and deployed heavy security in large cities after the
launch of a web campaign calling for protests echoing popular
uprisings in the Arab world. Police mounted huge security operations
in Beijing, Shanghai and several other cities following microblog
messages urging citizens to take part in silent walk-past protests.
(AFP, 2/20/11)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.46)
2011 Feb 20, Egyptian banks
opened after a week-long closure as the economy struggled to get
back on its feet after political turmoil caused by the uprising that
toppled Hosni Mubarak and subsequent labor protests. Workers at Misr
Spinning and Weaving, Egypt's largest factory, ended a strike and
went back to work after the strikers' main demands were met.
(Reuters, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/20/11)
2011 Feb 20, In Estonia 8
disabled children (7-16) and 2 adults (20-21) were killed in an
orphanage fire in the coastal town of Haapsalu. The orphanage was
built in 1996 with help from Swedish and Finnish donations.
(AP, 2/20/11)(AP, 2/21/11)
2011 Feb 20, Iceland's Pres.
President Olafur R. Grimsson triggered a referendum on an updated
plan to pay $5 billion to Britain and Netherlands for debts incurred
from the financial crisis, creating new uncertainty over the
island's economic recovery.
2011 Feb 20, Indian lawmakers
said the government is to concede to opposition demands for a
cross-party probe into an alleged telecoms fraud that cost the
nation up to $40 billion in lost revenue.
2011 Feb 20, An Iranian
pro-government news agency claimed that armed opposition groups plan
to fire on people participating in a rally set for this afternoon. A
massive police deployment in Tehran prevented large-scale protests
from erupting although Iranian opposition websites reported stray
clashes and officials said the capital remained calm.
(AP, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/21/11)
2011 Feb 20, Iran finally
withdrew its entire fleet of Soviet era Tupolev aircraft after a
series of fatal accidents involving the planes.
2011 Feb 20, In Iraq gunmen
burst into the Kurdish NRT television station in Sulaimaniyah,
shooting up the equipment and setting fire to the building,
apparently in retaliation for footage they aired earlier in the week
of a deadly protest.
2011 Feb 20, Libyan forces
fired machine-guns at mourners marching in a funeral for
anti-government protesters in the eastern city of Benghazi, a day
after commandos and foreign mercenaries loyal to longtime leader
Moammar Gadhafi pummeled demonstrators with assault rifles and other
heavy weaponry. A doctor at one Benghazi hospital said his morgue
had received at least 200 dead from six days of unrest. Mehdi
Mohammed Zeyo (49) drove his car, containing 2 gas canisters and a
can of gunpowder into the gate of a Benghazi security base. Security
forces shot the car and the following explosion allowed protesters
and defecting soldiers inside the base. Moammar Gadhafi's son, Seif
al-Islam, went on state TV late at night, warning civil war will
break out if protests continue. Seif al-Islam vowed that his father
and security forces would fight "until the last bullet." Bloody
clashes killed at least 60 people.
(AP, 2/20/11)(AP, 2/21/11)(SFC, 3/2/11, p.A3)
2011 Feb 20, In Mexico 5 cars
were set afire in Acapulco and a man's body was found hacked to
pieces outside an apartment building, one day before the start in
the city of the Mexican Open tennis tournament.
2011 Feb 20, In Morocco
thousands of people marched in cities across the country, demanding
a new constitution to bring more democracy and limits on the powers
of King Mohammed VI. Leaders of the 2 biggest opposition forces
boycotted the movement.
(AP, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/20/11)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.28)
2011 Feb 20, In New Zealand a
pod of 107 pilot whales were found stranded on a remote New Zealand
beach. All members of the pod died, including 48 that were
2011 Feb 20, Palestinian
PM Salam Fayyad angrily denounced the US veto of a United Nations
resolution condemning Israel's West Bank settlements and offered to
form a unity government with the rival Hamas militant group.
2011 Feb 20, Philippine rebels
said police officer Jerwel Montecillo Tugade has been ordered
released after being abducted Feb. 7 in Davao Oriental province. A
fourth captive, army soldier Bryan Canedo, was still being held and
questioned after he was seized Feb. 7 in Compostela Valley Province.
2011 Feb 20, In Somalia at
least 15 civilians, two African Union soldiers and six foreign
fighters were killed in weekend fighting in Mogadishu.
2011 Feb 20, In Tunisia several
thousand protesters swarmed on the governmental palace to demand the
ouster of the provisional government in power since the ouster of
country's longtime strongman. Many were angry that PM Mohamed
Ghannouchi, a longtime ally of Ben Ali, is still in his post, and
fear the Tunisian revolution has been co-opted by the old guard.
2011 Feb 20, Yemen's embattled
Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh sought a way out of the political crisis
gripping his impoverished Arab nation, offering to oversee a
dialogue between his ruling party and the opposition to defuse the
ongoing standoff with protesters demanding his ouster. A total of
seven people have been killed since the unrest began. Hundreds of
Yemeni students demonstrated outside the Sanaa university campus on
the eighth straight day of anti-regime protests in the capital.
Hassan Baoum, a prominent separatist leader, was arrested.
(AP, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/20/11)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.29)
2012 Feb 20, The US and Mexico
agreed to work together when drilling for oil and gas below their
maritime border in the Gulf of Mexico.
(SFC, 2/21/12, p.D3)
2012 Feb 20, In Alabama
Savannah Hardin (9) died at Children's Hospital in Birmingham from
dehydration and low sodium. On Feb 22 her stepmother and
grandmother, Joyce Hardin Garrard, were accused of murder for
allegedly killing the young girl by forcing her to run for three
hours without stopping as punishment for lying about eating candy
(Reuters, 2/23/12)(SFC, 3/2/12, p.A8)
2012 Feb 20, In Afghanistan 3
Italian soldiers were killed when their armored jeep overturned in a
river in Herat province as it raced to the rescue of another unit
blocked by adverse weather conditions. Afghan police opened fire on
int’l. troops killing one Albanian soldier. 11 Afghan policemen were
(AFP, 2/20/12)(SFC, 2/21/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 20, Algerian
newspapers reported that a large cache of weapons, believed to
originate from Libya, have been uncovered in the southern desert
called In Amenas. They included dozens of Russian-made
shoulder-launched missiles that can be used to shoot down airliners.
2012 Feb 20, The British
government staged a "drought summit" to decide what action to take
as low rainfall in recent months means large areas of Britain will
face drought this year.
2012 Feb 20, China's Vice
President Xi Jinping bade farewell to Ireland after a three-day
visit during which Dublin sought to provide Beijing with a financial
foothold in the EU.
2012 Feb 20, In northeastern
China an explosion at a steel plant killed 13 people and injured
another 17, in Liaoning province's Anshan city.
2012 Feb 20, Iraq's fugitive
Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi in a broadcast interview said his
bodyguards and other employees are being held in secret prisons and
subjected to torture.
2012 Feb 20, Myanmar
pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party said that the
authorities had lifted campaign restrictions ahead of closely
watched by-elections, just hours after it made a complaint.
2012 Feb 20, In Nigeria some 30
people were killed when suspected Islamists opened fire and set off
bombs at a market in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
(AFP, 2/20/12)(AFP, 2/21/12)
2012 Feb 20, Senegal's
opposition called for a new protest, prompting fears of fresh
violence days before polls in which President Abdoulaye Wade's bid
for a third term has upset the normally stable nation.
2012 Feb 20, South Korea
conducted live-fire military drills from five islands near its
disputed sea boundary with North Korea, despite Pyongyang's threat
2012 Feb 20, Sudanese editors
said intelligence agents have blocked the publication of articles
alleging they bugged the offices of a leading opposition politician.
Security officers seized all copies being printed of Al Tayar, which
carried on the front page allegations by the Islamist opposition
leader Hassan al-Turabi.
(AFP, 2/20/12)(AFP, 2/22/12)
2012 Feb 20, Syria's military
sent tanks and other reinforcements toward the restive central city
of Homs in what appeared to be preparations by President Bashar
Assad's regime for an offensive aimed at retaking rebel-held
neighborhoods. The Observatory said that shelling of the Baba Amr
district killed five civilians. Troops conducted raids in the
southern village of Harrah, where at least nine people were
2012 Feb 20, In southern Yemen
gunmen blew up a voting station, one day before the country is to go
to the polls to rubber stamp its vice president as the new head of
2013 Feb 20, The US announced a
strengthening of its efforts to prevent the theft of trade secrets.
China was mentioned prominently.
(SFC, 2/8/13, p.44)
2013 Feb 20, It was reported
that the US National Institutes of Health is in the planning stages
of a massive effort called the Brain Activity Map (BAM) to
understand how neurons actually process information. On March 7
protagonists published a manifesto for BAM in Science.
(SFC, 2/20/13, p.D3)(Econ, 3/9/13, p.79)
2013 Feb 20, In San Francisco
tech and investment luminaries announced the new $3 million Life
Sciences Breakthrough Prize and named the effort’s first 11 winners.
(SFC, 2/21/13, p.C1)
2013 Feb 20, An anti-whaling
activist group accused a Japanese whaling vessel of intentionally
ramming two of its ships in waters near Antarctica. Japan's
Fisheries Agency, however, insisted the protesters were responsible
for the collisions.
2013 Feb 20, Scottish singer
Emeli Sande won the coveted best album honour at the BRIT Awards for
"Our Version of Events", confirming her status as favourite going
into British pop's big night of the year.
2013 Feb 20, Bulgaria's
center-right government of PM Boiko Borisov resigned after days of
violent protests fueled by outrage over rising energy costs,
corruption and a general economic decline in what is already the
EU's poorest nation. In early March Pres. Rosen Plevneliev announced
a caretaker cabinet led by Marin Raykov.
(AP, 2/20/13)(Econ, 3/23/13, p.60)
2013 Feb 20, The Czech
Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority said DNA tests showed two
batches of frozen Nowaco Lasagne Bolognese in a branch of the Tesco
supermarket chain in the western city of Pilsen contained horsemeat.
Luxembourg was listed as the country of origin.
2013 Feb 20, In Greece a
24-hour protest by unions representing private and public sector
workers disrupted flights, halted ferries and crippled public
services, in a renewed confrontation between labor groups and the
conservative-led government over policies aimed at curbing Greece's
2013 Feb 20, A Lebanese judge
indicted three people, including a former Cabinet minister and a top
Syrian intelligence general, in a bombing plot in Lebanon, a move
that could raise tension in Lebanon over the civil war in
neighboring Syria. Judge Riad Abu Ghaida demanded the death penalty
for former information minister, Michel Samaha, Syrian Brig. Gen.
Ali Mamlouk and a Syrian colonel, identified only by his first name,
2013 Feb 20, In Mali Islamic
extremists clashed with military in the northern city of Gao. A
French Tigre attack helicopter fired on a pickup truck containing
jihadist fighters during clashes in northern Mali, killing about 10
insurgents. The military pushed fighters out of Gao. 16 jihadists
were reported killed in the fighting in Gao.
(AP, 2/21/13)(AP, 2/22/13)
2013 Feb 20, Human Rights Watch
called Mexico's anti-drug offensive "disastrous" in a report that
cited 249 cases of disappearances that the group says mostly show
evidence of having been carried out by the military or law
2013 Feb 20, Nigeria's secret
police said they have broken up a terrorist group backed by "Iranian
handlers" who wanted to assassinate a former military ruler and
gather intelligence about locations frequented by Americans and
Israelis. A suicide bombing in Maiduguri killed three civilians and
(AP, 2/20/13)(AP, 2/21/13)
2013 Feb 20, In Syria 2 mortars
exploded next to a soccer stadium in central Damascus, killing one
player and injuring several. The pro-government Al-Watan daily said
the airport in Aleppo is still under military control and "safe"
from rebels fighting to capture it.
2014 Feb 20, In northern
California Cherie Lash Rhoades (44), a member of the Cedarville
Rancheria tribe, killed 4 people at the tribe’s headquarters,
including 3 members of her own family. She was recently ousted as
chairwoman of the tribe and was under investigation over at least
$50,000 in missing federal grants. The tribe had just 35 members and
owned 26 acres in the area.
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.C3)
2014 Feb 20, A court in Cape
Coral, Florida, ruled that living off the grid is illegal. Robin
Speronis has been fighting the city of Cape Coral since November
when a code enforcement officer tried to evict her from her home for
living without utilities.
2014 Feb 20, In Georgia Sarah
Jones (27), a camera assistant, was killed by a freight train on the
set of the film “Midnight Rider." On July 3 prosecutors announced
indictments against three filmmakers on charges of involuntary
manslaughter. On March 9, 2015, director Randall Miller was
sentenced to two years in jail as part of a plea
(SFC, 7/4/14, p.A6)(SFC, 3/10/15, p.A6)
2014 Feb 20, Guantanamo Bay
prisoner Ahmed al-Darbi (39) of Saudi Arabia pleaded guilty to war
crimes charges for helping plan the suicide bombing of an oil tanker
off Yemen in 2002 that killed a crewman and wounded a dozen others.
2014 Feb 20, Former New
Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was convicted on 20 counts accepting bribes.
(Econ, 2/15/14, p.28)
2014 Feb 20, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on foot killed a security guard and wounded four
civilians outside a hospital in northern Kabul.
2014 Feb 20, In Albania more
than 5,000 opposition supporters marched peacefully through the
capital Tirana, accusing the government of failing to fight poverty
2014 Feb 20, Former News of the
World editor Rebekah Brooks (45) was acquitted of one charge at
Britain's phone hacking trial as she began her defense against four
2014 Feb 20, Formula One boss
Bernie Ecclestone won a multimillion-dollar case at London's High
Court relating to the sale of F1 in 2005.
2014 Feb 20, The Organization
of Islamic Cooperation, the world's largest bloc of Islamic
countries, agreed to send a high-level fact-finding mission to the
Central African Republic. The Saudi Arabia-based OIC also agreed to
appoint a special representative to coordinate efforts with the
African Union and the United Nations.
2014 Feb 20, China's capital
Beijing issued an emergency pollution alert for the first time,
warning residents to reduce outdoor activities and construction
sites to control dust given a forecast of heavy smog over the next
2014 Feb 20, In Egypt two
Al-Jazeera journalists who went on trial with other colleagues
shouted from the defendants' cage that they faced "psychologically
unbearable" conditions in prison.
2014 Feb 20, German police
raided the homes of nine elderly men suspected of serving as SS
guards at the Auschwitz death camp and arrested three of them on
allegations of accessory to murder.
2014 Feb 20, India's Parliament
approved a plan to create a 29th state following days of political
mayhem over the division of southern Andhra Pradesh state.
2014 Feb 20, In India police
found the body of Erin Willinger, an American woman, in a deserted
part of Agra near the Taj Mahal. Police said she was stabbed to
death by her husband, Bunty Sharma, who then committed suicide by
igniting cooking gas. They had been married for four months.
(SSFC, 2/23/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 20, Rights groups
criticized an agreement between Indonesia and Saudi Arabia aimed at
giving Indonesian maids more protection in the kingdom, with one
saying "justice is still far away" for them.
2014 Feb 20, Iran and world
powers agreed a timetable and framework for the ambitious and
arduous process of hammering out a lasting nuclear accord by July 20
that satisfies all sides.
2014 Feb 20, Italy's parliament
passed a law that will phase out state financing of political
parties, in response to public anger over its high cost and the
tendency for it to breed waste and corruption.
2014 Feb 20, In Lebanon
Abdelrahman Diab (Abdel Rahman Youssef), an Alawite official in the
Arab Democratic Party, was gunned down in Tripoli. A 2nd man, a
Sunni, was also killed.
(AFP, 2/20/14)(Reuters, 2/20/14)
2014 Feb 20, Libyans voted on
who should draft a new constitution they hope will help defuse a
potentially deadly conflict between powerful militias and parliament
members backed by armed factions.
2014 Feb 20, In North Korea
dozens of elderly North and South Koreans separated for six decades
reunited at North Korea’s Diamond Mountain resort, weeping and
embracing in a rush of words and emotion.
2014 Feb 20, Pakistani air
force jets bombed militant hideouts in the country's volatile
northwest after government efforts to negotiate a peace deal with
the Pakistani Taliban broke down earlier this week. 15 people were
(AP, 2/20/14)(AFP, 2/20/14)
2014 Feb 20, Two Saudi security
officers and two people they were trying to detain were killed in a
gunfight in the eastern town of al-Awamiya, an area where minority
Shi'ite Muslims have staged regular anti-government protests.
2014 Feb 20, In northern Syria
a powerful explosion rocked the Bab al-Salama border crossing with
Turkey, killing at least 5 people and wounding many others.
2014 Feb 20, In Thailand
protesters campaigning to oust PM Yingluck Shinawatra turned to
Facebook and other social media to attack businesses linked to her
family and rallied outside the offices of a property developer whose
share price tumbled.
2014 Feb 20, In Ukraine
protesters, fearing that a call for a truce was a ruse, tossed
firebombs and advanced upon police lines in Kiev. Government snipers
shot back and the almost-medieval melee that ensued left at least 70
people dead. Ukraine's Interior ministry says 67 police were
captured by protesters. The head of Kiev's city administration quit
the party of President Viktor Yanukovich in protest at the bloodshed
on the streets.
(AP, 2/20/14)(Reuters, 2/20/14)
2014 Feb 20, In Venezuela
security forces faced off with demonstrators in streets blocked by
burning barricades in several cities in an escalation of protests
against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.
2014 Feb 20, Yemen police
opened fire on a protest march on Khor Maksar late today, killing
one demonstrator and wounding 12 others.
2015 Feb 20, The US government
said it will fine Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per
day for failing to fully cooperate in a long-running investigation
of faulty and potentially dangerous air bag inflators.
2015 Feb 20, California reached
a settlement with a consortium of investors called California First
LP and agreed to pay $24 million after halting the sale of 11
buildings to the group during the height of its fiscal crises in
(SFC, 2/23/15, p.C4)
2015 Feb 20, Dockworkers and
shipping companies reached a tentative agreement that would set
cargo ships sailing again up and down the West Coast out of 29 ports
from San Diego to Seattle.
(SFC, 2/21/15, p.A1)
2015 Feb 20, Western
Pennsylvania recorded record temperatures in New Castle (-18), in
Butler (-15) and in Pittsburgh (-6).
(SFC, 2/21/15, p.A6)
2015 Feb 20, Duke Energy Corp.
said it has agreed to pay a fine of about $102 million for
environmental violations related to a power plant's coal ash spill
into a North Carolina river last year and the company's management
of coal ash basins in the state.
2015 Feb 20, In Texas inmates
at the Willacy County Correctional Center refused work duty and
breakfast. A lockdown was ordered after inmates broke out of Kevlar
tent housing units and entered a recreation yard. Tear gas was
deployed and 2 officers and 3 inmates sustained minor injuries.
(SSFC, 2/22/15, p.A12)
2015 Feb 20, In Virginia former
state first lady Maureen McDonnell was sentenced to one year and one
day in prison for her role in a bribery scheme that destroyed her
usband’s political career.
(SFC, 2/21/15, p.A7)
2015 Feb 20, In Abu Dhabi a
fire gutted a building on the outskirts of the Emirati capital,
killing 10 laborers who had been illegally living in a storage area
2015 Feb 20, In Australia two
powerful cyclones pounded the Northern Territory and Queensland,
leaving a trail of destruction with houses ripped apart, trees
uprooted and electricity cut to thousands of people. Authorities
said there were no fatalities.
2015 Feb 20, In Brazil some
5,200 workers at an assembly line at one of three General Motors
plants ground to a halt as workers went on strike to protest the
planned layoffs of nearly 800 employees.
2015 Feb 20, A British court
overturned a previous ruling that prison overcrowding in Italy could
breach his human rights allowing convicted Sicilian mafioso Domenico
Rancadore (65) to be extradited. He had spent two decades living
incognito in Britain.
2015 Feb 20, Greece and its
creditors in the 19-nation eurozone reached an agreement to extend
the country's rescue loans for four months.
2015 Feb 20, Health authorities
in India said a flu outbreak has killed over 700 people in the last
(SFC, 2/21/15, p.A2)
2015 Feb 20, In Indonesia a
crowded bus overturned on a toll road on the main island of Java,
killing 16 people near Semarang.
2015 Feb 20, Italy’s left-right
coalition, headed by Matteo Renzi, approved two decrees enacting the
core of an employment reform that parliament broadly endorsed last
(Econ., 2/28/15, p.47)
2015 Feb 20, Kazakhstan soccer
federation Pres. Erlan Kozhagapanov said he wants to crack down on
match-fixing and corruption in football as the country prepares to
bid for the 2026 World Cup.
2015 Feb 20, Liberia's Pres.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced the end of a midnight to 6 am curfew
that was imposed to help stem the spread of the Ebola epidemic.
2015 Feb 20, In Libya three car
bombs ripped through the eastern city of Qubbah, killing at least 45
people and wounding 70. Islamic State militants said it was a
revenge attack for Egyptian air strikes on IS targets.
(Reuters, 2/20/15)(AP, 2/20/15)(SFC, 2/21/15,
2015 Feb 20, In western
Mauritania a road accident killed 14 soldiers and injured some 20
near the town of Atar.
2015 Feb 20, In Somalia
Islamist rebels detonated a car bomb at the entrance of a hotel in
Mogadishu and then stormed inside where politicians had gathered,
killing at least 25 people including a lawmaker and lightly wounding
two ministers. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility. Somali
intelligence sources the next day identified the bombers as Dutch
nationals Ismail Muse and Lula Ahmed Dahir.
(Reuters, 2/20/15)(AFP, 2/21/15)
2015 Feb 20, In Switzerland two
trains slammed into each other near the city of Zurich, tipping over
carriages and injuring at least six people.
2015 Feb 20, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a car bomb that
wounded 13 people. A Thai air force F-16A fighter jet crashed during
a drill in central Thailand, killing the pilot.
2015 Feb 20, Ukraine accused
Russia of sending more tanks and troops into eastern Ukraine and
said they were heading towards the rebel-held town of Novoazovsk on
the southern coast, expanding their presence on what could be the
next key battlefront. Ukrainian military spokesman Anatoly Stelmach
listed 49 attacks in the past 24 hours.
2015 Feb 20, Ukrainian Pres.
Petro Poroshenko said that police evidence showed that a top Russian
presidential aide, Vladislav Surkov, had directed "foreign sniper
groups" who shot and killed protesters in Kiev a year ago.
2015 Feb 20, UN war crimes
investigators announced a radical change of strategy, saying they
would publish names of suspects involved in Syria's four-year war
and push for new routes towards international justice.
2015 Feb 20, The UN envoy to
Yemen said rival factions have agreed on a new legislative body to
serve during the country’s transition period.
(SFC, 2/21/15, p.A3)
2015 Feb 20, Zambia and
Zimbabwe signed $294 million in deals with international investors
allowing urgent repairs to avert the collapse of the gigantic,
power-generating Kariba Dam, the world's largest man-made dam, to
begin this year.
2016 Feb 20, Republican
presidential frontrunner Donald Trump grabbed a big win in the South
Carolina primary, while Democrat Hillary Clinton breathed life into
her sluggish campaign with a victory over Bernie Sanders in Nevada.
2016 Feb 20, In Michigan a man
randomly opened fire in Kalamazoo and shot dead 6 people, including
a teenager in three separate incidents. Suspect Jason Brian Dalton
(45) was arrested early the next morning. officials and media later
reported that Dalton was an Uber driver who may have picked up fares
during the killing spree. Dalton later confessed to the killings but
blamed it on the Uber app.
(AFP, 2/21/16)(AFP, 2/22/16)(SFC, 3/15/16,
p.A12)(SFC, 4/23/16, p.A4)
2016 Feb 20, In NYC about
10,000 protesters, many of them Chinese-American, rallied in support
of a former police officer convicted for fatally shooting an unarmed
man in a darkened stairwell in a public housing building. Peter
Liang (28) was convicted of manslaughter this month in the 2014
shooting of Akai Gurley.
2016 Feb 20, Afghan officials
said security forces have pulled out of bases in Musa Qala, a
strategic district of the southern province of Helmand, after months
of heavy fighting with Taliban insurgents.
2016 Feb 20, British PM David
Cameron called a June 23 referendum on membership of the European
Union as he sought to rally his divided Conservative Party behind a
deal which he said would guarantee Britain's prosperity and security
in the bloc.
2016 Feb 20, The CAR electoral
commission said former Central African Republic prime minister
Faustin-Archange Touadera has won the presidential run-off in what
was widely seen as a step toward reconciliation after years of
2016 Feb 20, An Egyptian
appeals court ordered the jailing of author Ahmed Naji for two years
for publishing in a literary magazine a sexually explicit excerpt of
his novel that prosecutors said violated public morals. The trial
stemmed from a complaint filed by a private citizen after Akhbar
al-Adab magazine published an excerpt from Naji's novel, "The Use of
Life," in August 2014.
2016 Feb 20, African leaders
and bankers turned out at an economic summit in Egypt, vowing to
push for trade and investments on the continent despite growing
security concerns in the region.
2016 Feb 20, Residents of Fiji
hunkered down as Cyclone Winston tore through the Pacific island
chain, prompting authorities to impose a nationwide curfew and
declare a monthlong state of disaster. Cyclone Winston flattened
remote villages and killed at least 44 people.
(AP, 2/20/16)(AFP, 2/24/16)
2016 Feb 20, India pledged $250
million for post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal as the two
countries try to heal strained ties following protests in Nepal over
the country's new constitution.
2016 Feb 20, In northern India
hundreds of army and paramilitary soldiers tried to quell protests
by angry mobs demanding government benefits in Haryana state, with
at least 10 people killed in clashes between security forces and
(AP, 2/20/16)(AFP, 2/21/16)
2016 Feb 20, Iraqi tribesmen
battled Islamic State group militants inside their Fallujah
stronghold for a second day, a significant challenge to longstanding
jihadist control that may be undermined by a lack of supplies.
2016 Feb 20, In Ireland
thousands of protesters marched through Dublin to call for an end to
austerity, as the country prepared to vote in parliamentary
2016 Feb 20, Islamic militants
fired automatic rifles at a convoy of Indian paramilitary soldiers
in the Indian portion of Kashmir, killing two and wounding 10 others
before taking refuge in a nearby government building.
2016 Feb 20, Indonesian police
detained 38 Islamic militants in a raid on the main island of Java,
as authorities get set to tighten anti-terrorism laws following last
month's deadly attacks in Jakarta. Another 5 miitants were arrested
in East Java a day earlier. Most of the men were released the next
day as officials lamented weaknesses in the current anti-terrorism
(AP, 2/20/16)(AP, 2/21/16)
2016 Feb 20, Libyan medical
officials said heavy clashes in the eastern city of Benghazi have
left at least 14 people dead and 32 wounded.
2016 Feb 20, In Mauritania At
least 40 prisoners escaped in a jailbreak in a suburb of the capital
city Nouakchott. By mid-morning, seven prisoners were back in
custody while security forces were searching for the others.
2016 Feb 20, In Mexico
journalist C. Moises Dagdug Lutzow's white pickup was found
abandoned beside a highway with a bloody knife inside. Dagdug, a
former federal lawmaker for the Democratic Revolution Party who
owned the media company Grupo VX, was found dead inside his home in
2016 Feb 20, Pakistani security
forces killed 5 "terrorists" in the northwestern Mohmand tribal
region near the Afghan border.
2016 Feb 20, In the Philippines
about 40 militants attacked an army camp in Butig in the
predominantly Muslim region about 840 km (520 miles) south of
Manila. 24 suspected local sympathizers of the Islamic State group
and 6 soldiers were killed in a weeklong campaign that followed
involving about 2,000 military personnel.
2016 Feb 20, Russia said it has
reinforced its military base in Armenia with fourth-generation
fighter jets and a modernized helicopter.
2016 Feb 20, It was reported
that a bank collapse and the apparent disappearance of top sports
official and International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation
vice-president Georgy Bedzhamov, decorated by President Vladimir
Putin, have caused further disruption to Russian sport, already
reeling from its doping scandal.
2016 Feb 20, In South Korea
thousands of couples took part in a mass wedding by the Unification
Church, with the widow of church founder Sun Myung Moon presiding
over the event at a giant stadium.
2016 Feb 20, Syria's army and
allies, backed by Russian air strikes, recaptured 18 villages from
Islamic State fighters in eastern Aleppo province.
2016 Feb 20, A source close to
peace talks said Syria's opposition has agreed to a two- to
three-week truce on condition that Russia stops its air strikes,
sieges are ended and access for aid allowed across the country.
President Bashar al-Assad said he was ready for a ceasefire, on
condition "terrorists" did not use a lull in fighting to their
advantage and that countries backing insurgents halted support for
(Reuters, 2/20/16)(Reuters, 2/21/16)
2016 Feb 20, Uganda's President
Yoweri Museveni (71) extended his three-decade rule after winning a
fifth term in polls rejected as fraudulent by his closest rival who
was under house arrest.
2016 Feb 20, In Ukraine
nationalist demonstrators attacked two offices of Russian banks in
the capital amid observances of the second anniversary of the
protests that brought down the Russia-friendly president.
2016 Feb 20, In Yemen Al-Qaeda
militants killed 3 pro-government fighters as they strengthened
their presence in the southern coastal town of Ahwar.
2017 Feb 20, US Pres. Donald
Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security
advisor to succeed the disgraced Mike Flynn.
(SFC, 2/21/17, p.A4)(Econ, 2/18/17, p.22)
2017 Feb 20, Angola's likely
next president Joao Lourenco declared war on graft in the
notoriously corrupt country, as he starts to shape his public image
ahead of elections due in August.
2017 Feb 20, Bangladesh's
foreign minister called on the international community on to address
Myanmar's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, tens of
thousands of whom have fled in recent months to Bangladesh from its
mainly Buddhist neighbor.
2017 Feb 20, In France Vjeran
Tomic (49), a criminal known as "Spiderman," was jailed for eight
years for stealing five paintings in 2010 worth 100 million euros
($106 million) from a Paris museum.
2017 Feb 20, Greece agreed to
compromise on new bailout reforms in a bid to break a deadlock with
its EU-IMF creditors that has sparked fears of a new Grexit crisis.
Greece agreed to legislate new reforms to come into effect in 2019.
In return, Greece's creditors agreed to send their bailout
inspectors back to Athens next week for further talks to complete a
long overdue review of Greece's progress in its bailout program.
(AFP, 2/20/17)(AP, 2/24/17)
2017 Feb 20, Police in Guinea
fired tear gas as hundreds of students armed with stones and sticks
demonstrated in Conakry over strikes by teachers that have blocked
them from going to classes for weeks. The government late today
signed an agreement with the country's two largest teachers' unions,
ending strikes that closed schools since the beginning of the month.
Teachers would have to wait until September for salary increases.
(AP, 2/20/17)(AP, 2/21/17)
2017 Feb 20, Iraqi forces
backed by jets and helicopters battled their way towards southern
Mosul and prepared to take on the Islamic State group's stronghold
in the city's west bank.
2017 Feb 20, Jamal al-Harith
(50), a former Guantanamo Bay detainee released in 2004, died in a
suicide bomb attack on Iraqi-led coalition forces near Mosul. He was
a Muslim convert from Manchester, England, born as Ronald Fiddler.
(http://tinyurl.com/zjw8622)(SFC, 2/23/17, p.A3)
2017 Feb 20, At least 74 bodies
of African migrants washed ashore in western Libya, the latest
tragedy at sea along a perilous but increasingly popular trafficking
route to Europe.
2017 Feb 20, In Libya 13
African migrants suffocated inside a shipping container while being
transported over four days from the central town of Bani Walid to
Khoms. The dead were among 69 migrants, many from Mali, who were
packed into the container.
2017 Feb 20, In Morocco more
than 350 migrants stormed the Spanish border at Ceuta, days after
one of the largest rush of arrivals over the frontier in more than a
2017 Feb 20, Norway said it has
joined an international initiative to raise millions of dollars to
replace shortfalls left by US President Donald Trump's ban on
US-funded groups worldwide providing information on abortion.
2017 Feb 20, Pakistani
airstrikes killed "dozens" of militants in the Wucha Bibi area of
North Waziristan along the Afghan border.
2017 Feb 20, Philippine retired
policeman, Arturo Lascanas, said that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte had
operated a "Davao death squad".
2017 Feb 20, Portugal's
government says it has paid back to the IMF half the money it
received from the institution as part of a bailout in 2011.
2017 Feb 20, A Portuguese court
ordered police to extradite former CIA agent Sabrina de Sousa to
Italy, where she is due to serve a four-year prison sentence. De
Sousa was among 26 Americans convicted for kidnapping suspect Osama
Moustafa Hassan Nas, also known as Abu Omar, from a Milan street on
Feb. 17, 2003.
2017 Feb 20, Vitaly Churkin,
Russia's envoy to the United Nations, died suddenly in New York, one
day before turning 65.
2017 Feb 20, South Sudan
declared famine in some parts of the country, with more than three
years of war leaving nearly five million hungry in what aid groups
called a "man-made" tragedy.
2017 Feb 20, Syrian government
forces escalated their bombing campaign around Damascus, raining
shells down on rebel territory and sending out a "bloody message"
just days before renewed peace talks in Geneva. At least 7 people
were reported killed.
2017 Feb 20, In northern Syria
11 members of the same family were killed on as Turkey-backed Syrian
rebels advanced on the town of Al-Bab held by Islamic State
2017 Feb 20, Turkey dismissed
227 more judges and prosecutors as part of investigations into last
July's failed coup, meaning close to 4,000 members of the judiciary
have now been purged.
2017 Feb 20, In Uganda the
African Gold Refiner, primarily owned by a Belgian investor, was
launched amid concerns about the source of its minerals.
2017 Feb 20, Ukraine's military
accused pro-Moscow rebels of breaking a new ceasefire deal barely
hours after it came into effect, as Western powers warned Russia
over its actions in the former Soviet state. One soldier was killed
and another wounded in fighting in the country's separatist east
despite the new truce that started at midnight.