This Day in History on 20th February

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 20th February. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

World Day of Social Justice

Important Events

1846: British captured Lahore.

1847: Royal Calcutta Turf Club was established.

1947: British Prime Minister Clement Attlee announced that Britain would leave India by June 1948.

1947: Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence.

1968: First-time heart transplant was done at K E M Hospital, Mumbai. Dr. P K Sen performed this complex surgery.

1976: Bombay High Field commenced the production of crude oil for commercial use.

1987: Mizoram became the 23rd state of India.

2005: Spain 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.

2009: Two Tamil Tigers aircraft packed with C4 explosives en route to the national airforce headquarters are shot down by the Sri Lankan military before reaching their target, in a kamikaze style attack.

2010: In Madeira Island, Portugal, heavy rain causes floods and mudslides, resulting in at least 43 deaths, in the worst disaster in the history of the archipelago.

2014: Dozens of Euromaidan anti-government protesters died in Ukraine’s capital Kiev, many reportedly killed by snipers.

2014: Telangana became the 29th state of India.

2015: Two trains collide in the Swiss town of Rafz resulting in as many as 49 people injured and Swiss Federal Railways cancelling some services.

2016: Six people are killed and two injured in multiple shooting incidents in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

Ramakrishna Ranga Rao of Bobbili

1844: Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann, an Austrian physicist, and philosopher.

1900: Rattanbai Jinnah, the wife of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

1901: Mohamed Naguib, an Egyptian politician and the first President and Prime Minister of Egypt.

1901: Ramakrishna Ranga Rao of Bobbili, Indian lawyer and politician, 6th Chief Minister of Madras Presidency (d. 1978)

Jiah Khan

1917: Kaif Bhopali, an Indian Urdu poet and lyricist.

1956: Annu Kapoor, an Indian film actor and television presenter.

1988: Rihanna, a Barbadian singer, actress, and businesswoman.

1988: Jiah Khan, Indian singer and actress (d. 2013)

Death/ Death Anniversary

Govind Pansare

1895: Frederick Douglass, an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.

1950: Sarat Chandra Bose, an Indian barrister, and independence activist.

1960: Kothainayaki Ammal, a Tamil writer, novelist, and journalist.

1993: Ferruccio Lamborghini, an Italian industrialist. He created the Automobile Lamborghini.

2015: Govind Pansare, a left-wing Indian politician of the Communist Party of India.

Further Reading

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