February 20. This year, February 20 is ‘President’s Day.’ Next year, it will be February 18. The idea behind President’s Day is that it is a holiday that honors George Washington’s birthday. However, his birthday is February 22. I suppose the idea is to have a three day weekend in February, because President’s Day always falls on the third Monday in February.
Other than today being a national holiday, here’s what we’ve got for February 20:
In 1933, the Congress of the United States proposes the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution that will end Prohibition in the United States.
Also in 1943, The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell‘s Four Freedoms in support of United States President Franklin Roosevelt‘s 1941 State of the Union Address theme of Four Freedoms.
A few others I thought were interesting:
Then in 1901, the legislature of Hawaii Territory convenes for the first time.
1902 – Ansel Adams, American photographer
1927 – Sidney Poitier, American Actor
1934 – Bobby Unser, American racing driver
1942 – Mitch McConnell, American politician, senior senator of Kentucky
1966 – Cindy Crawford, American model
1999 – Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)
2005 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (b. 1937)