Historical Events for 20th February 2021

1710 – Johan Willem Friso becomes Viceroy of Groningen, Netherlands
1935 – Dane Caroline Mikkelson is 1st woman to land on Antarctica
1963 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays becomes the highest-paid player in MLB, signing a record $100,000 contract with the San Francisco Giants
1966 – Author Valery Tarsis banished in USSR
1980 – Soviet cross-country skier Nikolay Zimyatov wins his 2nd gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics as part of the 4 x 10k relay; also wins 30k and 50k gold
1982 – NY Islanders win then NHL record 15th straight game by beating Colorado Rockies, 3-2 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1992 – Ross Perot says he’ll run for President on “Larry King Live”
1994 – Johann Olav Koss skates world record 10 km (13:30.55)
2010 – On the Portuguese Atlantic island of Madeira heavy rain causes floods and mudslides, leaving at least 32 deaths in the worst disaster on the history of the archipelago.
2016 – 4-inch lock of John Lennon’s hair sells for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector at an auction in Dallas, Texas

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