1792 – US postal service created, postage 6-12 cents depending on distance.
1872 – New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art opens.
1873 – British Naval Officer John Moresby discovers the site of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and claims it for Britain.
1909 – Italian author Filippo Tommaso Marinetti coined the term Futurism in the Parisian newspaper Le Figaro.
1938 –UK Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigns stating Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain has appeased Nazi Germany.
1947 – Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence.
1985 – In a highly controversial vote on February 20, 1985, the Irish government defies the powerful Catholic Church and approves the sale of contraceptives.
Births & Deaths: 1988 – Barbadian pop and rhythm-and-blues (R&B) singer Rihanna—who became a worldwide star in the early 21st century, known for her distinctive and versatile voice and for her fashionable appearance—was born.
2005 – American journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson—who created the genre known as gonzo journalism, a highly personal style of reporting that made him a counterculture icon—died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Film: 1952 – “African Queen” film directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn is released in the US
Via Britannica / On This Day