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This Day in History: February 20

February 20: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1792 - The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington.
  2. 1872 - In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens.
  3. 1877 - Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake receives its première performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
  4. 1965 - Ranger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.
  5. 2013 - The smallest Extrasolar planet, Kepler-37b is discovered.
  6. Famous Birthdays: William Prescott (American colonel), Ludwig Boltzmann (Austrian physicist), Elizabeth Holloway Marston (American psychologist), Ansel Adams (American photographer), Robert Huber (German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate)

For famous birthdays and other daily events in history, visit our Daily Dose Activities.

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