|James III of Scotland official annexed Orkney and Shetland from Christian I of Denmark as part of a dowry payments Christian wood after his daughter Margaret married James.
|France defeated the Spanish army at Hetty and French imperialism began on the region.
|French colonists, led by Robert de La Salle, landed at Matagorda Bay in present-day Texas, which later allowed the United States to claim the region as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
|The Mughal ruler Aurangzeb died in Ahmednagar.
|Johann Willem Friso Groningen was made Viceroy of the Netherlands.
|French Finance Minister Chauvelin resigned.
|Jacobic troops captured Fort Augustus, Scotland.
|First American Chartered Fire Insurance Company opened.
|The Postal Services Act, the establishment of the United States Post Office Department, was signed by President George Washington.
|Tyrolean rebel leader Andreas Hoffer was executed.
|Austria was declared bankrupt.
|Italian composer Gioachino Rossini's opera buffa The Barber of Seville was hissed by the audience during its debut at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.
|At the Battle of Itujingo, Peso do Rosario) a contingent of the Brazilian Imperial Army participated in the battle with Argentine-Uruguayan troops.
|Polish insurgents led an uprising in the Free City of Krakówto incite a fight for national independence that was put down by the Austrian Empire nine days later.
|The British captured Lahore.
|American Civil War-The Union suffered one of its bloodiestlosses at the Battle of Olustee near Lake City, Florida.
|The first weekly issue of Amrit Bazar Patrika was published in Bengali.
|Tennessee Governor W. C. Brownlow declared martial law in the Ku Klux Klan crisis.
|New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, today the largest art museum in the United States with a collection of over two million works of art, opened.
|The Metropolitan Museum of Art was inaugurated in New York City.
|The University of California opened its first medical school.
|San Francisco inaugurates the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition.
|The Young Communist League of Czechoslovakia was established.
|A fissure opened in a cornfield in the Mexican state of Michoacán and turned into the cinder cone volcano Parícutin , growing 424 m (1,391 ft) in eight years.
|The Saturday Evening Post published the first of NormanRockwell's Four Freedoms, some of the most widely distributed painting sever produced, in support of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt's 'Four Freedoms'.
|The elder brother of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and nationalist leader Sharat Chandra Bose died.
|The Canadian government under Prime Minister John Diefenbaker Cancelled then Avro CF-105 Arrow interceptor aircraft program amid much political debate.
|Canada cancels the Aviro Arrow program.
|NASA's Ranger 8 spacecraft successfully transmitted 7,137photographs of the Moon in the final 23 minutes of itsmission before crashing into Mare Tranquillitatis.
|NASA-launched Ranger landed on the moon, sending photos and necessary data.
|Dr. PK at KEM Hospital in Mumbai Sen underwent a heart transplant for the first time.
|Bombay High started producing crude oil for commercial use.
|600 people died due to widespread violence in the north-eastern state of Assam ahead of the assembly elections.
|The Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast voted to secede from Azerbaijan and join Armenia, triggering the Nagorno-Karabakh War.
|3 Afghans take 70 children hostage on February 20, 1994.
|San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds signs record 22.9 million dollar two year contract on February 20, 1997.
|UN Secretary General Kofi Anna lands in Baghdad on February 20, 1998 for peace negotiations.
|At the age of 15, American figure skater Tara Lipinski becamethe youngest gold medal winner in the history of the Winter OlympicGames.
|373 died due to fire in a moving train in Cairo, Egypt).
|Fire at the Station rock club in Rode Island kills nearly 100 people on February 2003.
|US navy destroys a US spy satellite with missile on February 20, 2008.
|The Tamil Tigers attempted to crash two aircraft packed withC-4 in suicide attacks on Colombo, Sri Lanka, but the planes were shotdown before they reached their targets.
|At least 32 people died and 68 were injured from floods and mudslides on the island of Madira, Portugal on February 20, 2010.
|Severe flooding and mudslides on the island of Madeira,Portugal, killed 42 people.
|North Korea raises concern regarding nuclear testing on February 20,2011 Reports show they have dug tunnels at a nuclear test site located in Punggye-ri, North Hamyong Province.
|Scientists regenerated specimens from Silene Stenophylla, a 31, 800 year old piece of fruit on February 20, 2012, substantially surpassing previous records for the oldest plant regenerated.
|Estonia became the first country in the world to establish a national electric car charging network on February 20. With this method cars can be charged in less than 30 minutes.
|Germany’s design company Art+ Com saved said Google on February 20. It claimed that Internet Company infringed on its patented spatial mapping technology by incorporating its features into Google Earth.
|49 people died in two train collisions in the city of Rafz, Switzerland.