1901, 20 February
Ali Mohammed Neguib, Egyptian general and statesman is born in Khartoum.
1920, 20 February
Egyptian Christian Copt Premier, Butros Ghali, is assassinated. Ghali, supported by the British was targeted by Islamic Nationalist fanatics.
1943, 20 February - World War II: North Africa
Rommel is checked at Sbiba, and turns his attention towards Thala instead.
1951, 20 February
As part of the long process towards self-determination in Britain's colony of Gold Coast, the country's first parliament is opened in Accra.
1964, 20 February
Algeria and Morocco sign an agreement in Rabat to end their border war.
1979, 20 February
Salisbury airport is attacked by nationalist guerrillas.