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February 20th, 2005EventSpain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout.
February 20th, 2002EventIn Reqa Al-Gharbiya, Egypt, a fire on a train injures over 65 and kills at least 370.
February 20th, 1998EventAmerican figure skater Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest gold-medalist at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
February 20th, 1991EventA gigantic statue of Albania s long-time dictator, Enver Hoxha, is brought down in the Albanian capital, Tirana, by mobs of angry protesters.
February 20th, 1987EventUnabomber: In Salt Lake City, Utah, a bomb explodes in a computer store.
February 20th, 1976EventThe Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands.
February 20th, 1965EventRanger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.
February 20th, 1962EventMercury program: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn orbits the earth three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes, becoming the first American to orbit the earth.
February 20th, 1959EventThe Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
February 20th, 1952EventEmmett Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.

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