February 20th

2003
Fire broke out during a rock concert at a nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., killing 100 people and injuring about 200 others.
The Station nightclub fire
1998
American Tara Lipinski became at age 15 the youngest gold medalist in Winter Olympics history when she won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, Japan.
Tara Lipinski
1988
The Nagorno-Karabakh War is triggered by der Autonomous Oblast's secession from Azerbaijan. Today, Nagorno-Karabakh is a de facto independent state, but the territory is still internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.
History of Nagorno-Karabakh
1965
The Ranger 8 spacecraft crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunar surface.
Moon landing
1962
The first U.S. citizen to orbit the Earth lands safely in the Atlantic Ocean. John Glenn's 5-hour spaceflight came almost a year after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth on April 12, 1961.
Apollo program
1947
Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence.
Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma
1944
U.S. bombers attack German aircraft manufacturing centers, in a bombing campaign that became known as the “Big Week”. The goal was to achieve air superiority to secure the invasion of Europe.
Big Week
1938
British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigned in protest over Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's decision to negotiate with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
Anthony Eden
1913
Works to build Australia's capital city commence. Canberra is an entirely planned city and was chosen as the Australian capital as a compromise between rivals Sydney and Melbourne.
History of Canberra
1895
Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, author, and orator, died.
Frederick Douglass
1877
Tchaikovsky's ballet “Swan Lake” is premiered. It is one of the world's best-known ballets.
Swan Lake
1873
British Naval Officer John Morseby discovers the site of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and claims it for Britain.
1872
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art opens.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1862
William Wallace Lincoln, the 11-year-old son of President Abraham Lincoln and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, died at the White House, apparently of typhoid fever.
Religious views of Abraham Lincoln
1839
Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
Jonathan Cilley
1816
Rossini's opera 'Barber of Seville' premieres in Rome.
The Barber of Seville
1809
The Supreme Court ruled that the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state.
Nullification (U.S. Constitution)
1792
President George Washington signed the Post Office Act, establishing a permanent Post Office Department.
United States Post Office Department