February 20

This Day in History

1947

Mountbatten named last viceroy of India

Lord Louis Mountbatten, cousin of King George VI and a hero of World War II, is named the last British colonial administrator of India. As Britain had promised independence to India at the end of … (more...)

1472

Orkney and Shetland Are Pawned as Dowry

On this day in 1472, Norway handed over the Orkney Isles and Shetland Isles to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark. The Isles are two inhabited archipelagos off the northeast coast … (more...)