On this day, February 20: the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York


A man stops to watch Georges Sera’s Circus Show at the Metropolitan Museum on February 21, 2020. The museum opened on February 20, 1872. Photo file by John Angelo / UPI | Photo license

February 20 (UPI) – As of this date in history:

In 1816 The Barber of Seville Gioachino Rossini opened in Rome.

In 1872, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York.

In 1938, Anthony Eden resigned as Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom in protest of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s policy of “appeasement” toward Nazi Germany.

In 1939, tens of thousands of Nazi supporters gathered at rally at Madison Square Garden in New York to commemorate the arrival of Adolf Hitler.

In 1947, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Clement R. Attlee declared in the House of Commons that the government “determined to take the necessary measures to transfer of power into responsible Indian hands no later than June 1948. ”

In 1947, part of the Iraq Petroleum Co. pipeline, which carries oil from rich fields in the Euphrates Valley to the Mediterranean in Jaffa, was blown up at two locations in northern Palestine. a new outbreak of underground violence.

In 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. He landed safely after three orbits of the Mercury spacecraft. Last year, Russian Yuri Gagarin was the first person to enter Earth orbit.

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In 1991, US troops invaded Iraq, capturing up to 500 Iraqi soldiers.

In 1998, Tara Lipinski, 15, from the United States, became the youngest Olympic gold medalist in figure skating.

In 2003, a fire broke out during a rock concert at West Warwick Nightclub, RI. killed 100 people.

In 2008, an interceptor missile was launched from a U.S. Navy ship knocked down a dying companion 130 miles over the Pacific Ocean. Officials said the satellite contained 1,000 pounds of frozen toxic fuel.

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In 2010, the minaret and part of the roof fell into the historic 18th-century mosque during worship services, at least 38 people were killed and 71 injured more in the ancient city of Meknes, Morocco.

In 2020, a federal judge sentenced Roger Stone, a Republican strategist and former adviser to Trump’s election campaign, is serving up to 40 months in prison for seven criminal counts stemming from an investigation by Russia’s Justice Ministry. Then-President Donald Trump gave Stone to Fr. complete apologies in December 2020.

Photo by Kevin Dietch / UPI On this day, February 20: the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York

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