February 20. This day in history: holidays, festivals, the most interesting dates, outstanding personalities – The News & Culture
Holidays and festivals
On February 20 Ukraine pays tribute to the memory of the Dignity Revolution participants and the Heavenly Hundred Heroes who defended the ideals of democracy, human rights and freedoms and the European future of Ukraine.
Today the international community also celebrates the World Day of Social Justice (Social Justice Equality Day). Its purpose is to draw attention of general public, governmental authorities, organizations and companies to the social justice issues in various countries.
The name-days: Petro (Peter), Georgyi (George), Yegor, Yuriy.
The most interesting dates
1877 — The premiere of Peter Tchaikovsky’s legendary ballet “The Swan Lake” took place at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.
1940 — The famous tandem “Tom and Jerry” hit the screen for the first time.
1960 — The first performance by virtuoso guitarist Jimi Hendrix took place on the stage of his home school in Seattle.
2002 — The foundation of the Ukrainian “School” Publishing House (Kharkiv).
On this day the following famous people were born
1966 — Cindy Crawford, an American supermodel and actress.
1967 — Kurt Cobain, a popular American rock musician (Nirvana).
1975 — Brian Thomas Littrel, an American pop singer, a member of the Backstreet Boys.
1988 — Rihanna, an American singer.
On this day the following people passed away
1692 — Yuriy Kulchytsky, the Ukrainian merchant who opened the first coffee shop in Europe.
1762 — Johann Tobias Mayer, German astronomer and cartographer.
1920 — Robert Peary, an American engineer and polar explorer.
February 20. This day in history: holidays and festivals, name-days, the most interesting dates and outstanding personalities/ Photos from open sources.