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TODAY - Feb 20, 2020

Thought of the Day

Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think, and the other eighty five percent would rather die than think.

Today's Birthday

Dame Marie Rambert
Dame Marie Rambert Ballet Dancer, British(1888)

A Polish-British, born dancer and teacher who exerted great influence on British ballet. She founded her own company the Ballet Rambert.

Robert Altman
Robert Altman Director, American(1925)

An American film director and producer who is nominated five-times for the Academy Award for Best Director

Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier Actor, American(1927)

An American actor, director and diplomat who won Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role in Lilies of the Field in 1964.

Jimmy Greaves
Jimmy Greaves Player, British(1940)

British international footballer and later successful television commentator.

This day in History


Incorporated in 1870, New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its doors to the public.


British government has given Lord Louis Mountbatten the task of supervising a peaceful transition to independence for India after centuries of British rule.


The World's Fair opens in San Francisco. The fair, called the Panama-Pacific Exhibition, celebrates the opening of the Panama Canal and the rebuilding of S.F. following the 1906 earthquake.


Astronaut John Glenn, in the Mercury capsule Friendship 7, orbits Earth three times to become the first American to orbit Earth.

Man who made the difference

Sidney Poitier (1927)

Sidney Poitier

An American motion-picture actor, who was born on February 20, 1927 in Miami, Florida, United States. Poitier began acting with the American Negro Theatre and made his movie debut in 1950 with a featured role in No Way Out, one of Hollywood's first films on racial bigotry. His next important credit was Blackboard Jungle (1955). The Defiant Ones (1958) brought Poitier an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of an escaped convict. He was influential in getting the prize-winning Lorraine Hansberry play A Raisin in the Sun, in which he starred, produced on stage (1959) and on screen (1961). Poitier won an Oscar for Lilies of the Field. Poitier was hailed as the box-office star of 1967 for his charismatic work on three popular films: In the Heat of the Night; To Sir, with Love; and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. He did not appear in any movies from 1976 to 1987, preferring to direct (Buck and the Preacher, 1972; Uptown Saturday Night, 1974, and its sequel Let's Do It Again, 1975; and Stir Crazy, 1980). He played civil-rights lawyer and Supreme Court justice in the 1991 Emmy Award-winning television miniseries Separate but Equal. Marshall was the lawyer who successfully argued in Brown v. Board of Education that the Separate but Equal doctrine was unconstitutional.

Author : Dr. Nidhi Jindal