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1724George F Handel's opera "Giulio Cesare in Egitto," premieres in London

1810Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleon's forces, executed.

1832Charles Darwin visits Fernando Noronha in Atlantic Ocean

1938UK Foreign Sec Eden resigns, says PM Chamberlain appeased Germany

1959The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.

1960Jimi Hendrix, rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig.

1963Willie Mays (SF Giants) signs a record $100,000 per year contract

1971Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season

1974Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA

1975Margaret Thatcher elected leader of British Conservative Party

19784th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and James Garner & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

1986Mike Tyson sexually harasses a woman in Albany NY

1988Peter Kalikow purchases NY Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million

199133rd Grammy Awards: Another Day in Paradise, Mariah Carey

1994Pope John Paul II demands juristic discrimination of homosexuals

1997SF Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9M 2 year contract

On This Day In History
Date Event
Feb 20, 1472
Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment. 
Feb 20, 1525
Swiss & German mercenaries desert Francois I's army 
Feb 20, 1547
King Edward VI of England was enthroned following death of Henry VIII 
Feb 20, 1613
Gerard Reynst appointed Dutch gov-gen of East-Indies 
Feb 20, 1619
Trial against Johan van Oldenbarnevelt begins in The Hague for alleged crimes against the federal government 
Feb 20, 1653
Defeat of Dutch fleet under Adm Van Tromp by Adm Blake off Portsmouth 
Feb 20, 1673
1st recorded wine auction held (London) 
Feb 20, 1710
Johan Willem Friso becomes viceroy of Groningen, Netherlands 
Feb 20, 1724
George F Handel's opera "Giulio Cesare in Egitto," premieres in London 
Feb 20, 1725
10 sleeping Indians scalped by whites in New Hampshire for £100 a scalp bounty 
Feb 20, 1732
Estates of Holland ratifies Treaty of Vienna 
Feb 20, 1737
French minister of Finance, Chauvelin, resigns 
Feb 20, 1745
Jacobite troops occupy Fort Augustus, Scotland 
Feb 20, 1746
Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Inverness Castle 
Feb 20, 1768
1st American chartered fire insurance company opens (Penn) 
Feb 20, 1792
US postal service created, postage 6 cents - 12 cents depending on distance 
Feb 20, 1798
Louis Alexandre Berthier removes Pope Pius VI from power. 
Feb 20, 1809
US Supreme Court rules federal government power greater than any state 
Feb 20, 1810
Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleon's forces, executed. 
Feb 20, 1811
Austria declares bankruptcy 
Feb 20, 1816
Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome 
Feb 20, 1823
English Capt James Weddell reaches 74°15' S, 1520 km from S pole 
Feb 20, 1831
Polish revolutionaries defeat Russians in battle of Growchow 
Feb 20, 1832
Charles Darwin visits Fernando Noronha in Atlantic Ocean 
Feb 20, 1835
Concepcion, Chile, destroyed by earthquake; 5,000 die 
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