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FEBRUARY 20

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1805 Angelina Grimke (South Carolina-born Abolitionist, Suffragist) South Carolina Political and Social Leaders Abolition Women's Suffrage
1827 Edward Stuyvesant Bragg (New York-born Member of the U.S. Congress from Wisconsin) New York Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Society
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1790 Joseph II (Austrian-born Holy Roman Emperor) Austrian Political and Social Leaders Catholicism
1862 William Wallace (Willie) Lincoln (12-year-old Son of President Abraham Lincoln) Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Papers
1893 Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (Louisiana-born Confederate General) Louisiana Military Figures American Civil War American Military Figures Louisiana Secretary of State
1919 Habibullah Khan (Amir of Afghanistan: Assassination) Afghanistan History Channel
1940 Abdullah Abdurahman (Black Muslim Founder of the Anti-Apartheid African People's Organization (APO)) South African Political and Social Leaders Apartheid South African History
2010 Alexander Haig (Pennsylvania-born U.S. Military Leader, Secretary of State) Alexander Haig President Richard Nixon President Gerald Ford President Ronald Reagan U.S. Secretary of State U.S. Military
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1547 Edward VI Crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey Succeeding Henry VIII English Political and Social Leaders British Monarchy Bradford National Grid for Learning
1792 U.S. Congress Passes the Presidential Succession Act American Presidency Law and Legal Resources U.S. Senate
1811 Austria Declares National Bankruptcy Austria Economics National Bank of Austria
1861 President-elect Lincoln Spends Long Day in New York City Meeting Dignitaries, Attending Functions New York City Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Papers
1862 President Lincoln's Son Willie Dies in the White House Abraham Lincoln Death Lincoln Papers
1863 President Lincoln Spends Morning Meeting Chiefs of Chippewa Indians Abraham Lincoln Chippewa Indians Lincoln Papers
1864 Confederates Defeat Union Troops at the Battle of Olustee, Florida Olustee, Florida Battle of Olustee History Channel Florida Historical Society
1865 Confederates and Union Troops Battle to a Draw at Fort, Myers, Florida Fort, Myers, Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1919 Habibullah Khan, Leader of Afghanistan, is Assassinated While on a Hunting Trip Afghanistan Death History Channel
1932 Japanese Troops Occupy Tunhua, China China Japan World History
1938 Anthony Eden Resigns as British Foreign Secretary in Dispute with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain Neville Chamberlain New York Times
1946 Natal Indian Congress Calls for Day of Prayer to Protest Oppression in South Africa South Africa India Racism South African History
1950 Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy Claims to Have Names of 81 U.S. Government Officials Engaged in Communist Activity Joseph McCarthy McCarthyism Wisconsin Historical Society
1968 Senate Committee Begins Investigation of U.S. Vietnam Policy U.S. Senate Vietnam War History Channel
1971 Idi Amin Takes Political Control of Uganda Idi Amin African African Registry
1975 USSR Conducts Underground Nuclear Test in Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Soviet Union The Cold War Nuclear Weapons Geoscience Australia
1976 Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) Disbands World History History Channel
1992 South African President F W de Klerk Announces March 17 Referendum to Test White Support for Reforms F W de Klerk Apartheid Voting South African History

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