World War One Diary for Tuesday, February 20, 1917:
Austria: Note invites Prince Sixtus to Vienna for peace talks. Emperor Charles hints at separate peace.
Arabia – First major raid on Hejaz Railway: Captain Garland’s 50 Arabs from Wejh blow up engine and bridge at Toweira.
Sinai: British surprise and take Turk posts at Nakhi and Bir-el-Hassana.
Western Mediterranean: French cruiser-minelayer Cassini sinks on UC-35 mine in Bonifacio Straits.
USA: Wilson asks for powers from Congress.