On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
President George Washington signs the Postal Service Act to establish snail mail, aka the U.S. Post Office Department.
Ernest O. Lawrence obtains a patent for his cyclotron, earning him the nickname "Atom Smasher."
John Glenn takes off in the Friendship 7 capsule, and becomes the first man to orbit the Earth.
Cher files for separation from her bandmate and husband, Sonny Bono, after nearly 10 years of marriage.
The Saturday Evening Post publishes Norman Rockwell's painting "Freedom of Speech."
Actor/singer Rick Nelson joins his parents' radio show and goes on to solo success as a 1950s teen heartthrob.
Jay-Z releases his debut single "Dead Presidents."
Race driver Jeff Gordon wins the Daytona 500 and becomes the seventh driver in history with 70 Cup victories.
Born on This Day
Born: February 20, 1988
Age: 25 years old
1902 | 82 years old
Environmental Activist, Photographer
1927 | 86 years old
Film Actor, Filmmaker
Born: February 20, 1967
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States
1949 | 64 years old
Model, Television Personality, Writer
Film Actress, Television Actress, Entrepreneur, Model, Television Personality / 1966 -Super model Cindy Crawford rose to fame with her athletic build and all-American looks. She signed multi-million dollar endorsements with Revlon and Pepsi.
1966 | 47 years old
Film Actress, Television Actress, ...
Died on This Day
Died: February 20, 2005
Age: 67 years old
Place: Woody Creek, Colorado , United States
Occupation: Activist, Journalist, Author
2010 | 85 years old
General, Diplomat, Government Official
1920 | 63 years old
Civil Rights Activist / 1818 - 1895
Frederick Douglass, a former slave and eminent human rights leader in the abolition movement, was the first black citizen to hold a high U.S. government rank.
Died: February 20, 1895
Age: 77 years old
Place: Washington, D.C. , United States
Occupation: Civil Rights Activist
1999 | 53 years old
2005 | 62 years old
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