February 20

February 20 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

2016 Daily Holidays that fall on February 20, include:

  • Love Your Pet Day 
  • National Cherry Pie Day 
  • Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day 
  • World Day for Social Justice 
  • World Pangolin Day - February 20, 2016 (Third Saturday in February)

2016 Weekly Holidays that include February 20, are:

  • International Flirting Week - February 14-20
  • Jewish Book Week - February 20-28, 2016
  • Lent - Begins on Ash Wednesday - February 10, 2016 - March 24, 2016
  • Love a Mensch Week - February 14-20, 2016
  • Make Mine Chocolate - (Campaign kicks off annually on Feb 15, and ends on Easter which is March 27, 2016)
  • National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week - February 14-20, 2016 - Second Week of February
  • National Entrepreneurship Week - February 20-27, 2016
  • NCCDP Alzheimer's & Dementia Staff Education Week - February 14-21
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week - February 14-20, 2016
  • Women in Blue Jeans - February 19-20, 2016

2016 Monthly Holidays that include February 20, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our February Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of February.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events

  • Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - Starts annually on January 5, and typically runs for a month or more, in Harbin, China and is the largest ice and snow festival in the world! 2016 Dates are January 5 - February 28, 2016
  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - January 30 - February 21, 2016 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Yukon Quest - Starts February 6, 2016 - February 20, 2016 (approx) This is a 1,000 mile International Sled Dog Race from Whitehorse, Yukon to Anchorage, Alaska. (Race is typically 10-14 days long)
  • Simplot Games - February 18-20, 2016 - Held at Idaho State University's Holt Arena, it is one of the Nation's premier high school indoor track and field events.
  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 19, 2016 - March 20, 2016 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for February 20 is Pisces.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for February are:

  • Violet - symbolizes faithfulness, loyalty, humility, wisdom, and hope
  • Primrose - Modesty, distinction, and virtue


The Birthstone for February is Amethyst.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1726 – William Prescott, American Revolutionary War colonel (Battle of Bunker Hill) (d. 1795)
  • 1924 – Gloria Vanderbilt, American socialite and clothing designer
  • 1927 – Sidney Poitier, American actor (Lilies of the Field, To Sir With Love)
  • 1929 – Amanda Blake, American actress  (Gunsmoke) (d. 1989)
  • 1934 – Bobby Unser, American racing driver
  • 1946 – J. Geils, American guitarist (The J. Geils Band)
  • 1947 – Peter Strauss, American actor (Rich Man Poor Man)
  • 1948 – Jennifer O'Neill, Brazilian-born actress
  • 1949 – Ivana Trump, Czech-born American socialite
  • 1954 – Patty Hearst, American socialite
  • 1963 – Charles Barkley, American basketball player
  • 1966 – Cindy Crawford, American model
  • 1967 – Kurt Cobain, American musician (Nirvana) (d. 1994)
  • 1988 – Rihanna, Barbadian singer

Famous Deaths

  • 1862 – William Wallace Lincoln, son of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln (b. 1850)
  • 1895 – Frederick Douglass, Escaped Slave and American abolitionist writer (b. 1818)
  • 1920 - Robert E Peary, US pole explorer (North Pole, 6/4/1909)
  • 1985 - Clarence Nash, voice of Disney's Donald Duck
  • 1992 - Dick York, actor (Bewitched)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1980 - Actress Susan Dey (Partridge Family, LA Law) weds producer Bernard Sofronski
  • 1998 -  David Carradine (Kung Fu) weds actress Marina Benjamin

Quote of the Day

Clarence Nash, the voice of Disney's, Donald Duck for almost 50 years, in over 120 shorts and films passed away on this day in 1985. He also voiced Daisy Duck and Donald's nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie as well as some other voices.

I could really relate to this quote - I'm more of a night owl, and hated to wake up to an alarm clock.  That was the best thing about retiring early, and working at home, was throwing out the alarm clock, and sleeping when I felt like it.

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for February 20, is a Lightened Blueberry Breakfast Cake, from Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits.

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for February 20, is a Lightened Blueberry Breakfast Cake, from Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits.

This Day in History

  • 1792 – The Postal Service Act, establishing the US Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington
  • 1811 - Austria declares bankruptcy
  • 1872 - The toothpick was patented
  • 1872 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens In New York City 
  • 1873 – The University of California opens its first medical school in San Francisco, California
  • 1895 - Congress authorizes a US mint at Denver, Colorodo
  • 1931 – The Congress of the United States approves the construction of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge by the State of California.
  • 1933 – Adolf Hitler secretly meets with German industrialists to arrange for financing of the Nazi Party's upcoming election campaign.
  • 1935 – Caroline Mikkelsen becomes the first woman to set foot in Antarctica.
  • 1942 – Lieutenant Edward O'Hare becomes America's first World War II flying ace.
  • 1944 - Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers
  • 1956 – The United States Merchant Marine Academy becomes a permanent Service Academy
  • 1962 - John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (Friendship 7)
  • 1965 - Ranger 8 makes hard landing on the Moon, returns photos, other data
  • 1975 - Margaret Thatcher elected leader of British Conservative Party

This Day in Music

  • 1960 - Jimi Hendrix, rock and roll guitarist, plays his first show
  • 1971 - The soundtrack to Jesus Christ Superstar hit #1 on the US album chart
  • 1978- Abba's Take a Chance on Me hit #1 on the UK singles chart
  • 1988 - Kylie Minogue's I Should Be So Lucky hits #1 on the UK singles chart
  • 1991 - Bob Dylan was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 33rd annual Grammy' Awards
  • 2009 - The White Stripes play the final episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien in New York City.

This Day in Sports

  • 1877 - International Association (minor baseball league) organizes
  • 1953 - US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a business
  • 1963 - SF Giants Willie Mays signs a record $100,000 per year contract
  • 1976 - Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in 5 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title
  • 1988 - Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating
  • 1997 - SF Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9M 2 year contract
  • 1998 – American figure skater Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest gold-medalist at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

take a flyer (verb)

1. (idiomatic) To make a choice with an uncertain outcome; to take a chance.

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