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What Happened On This Day In History?
Monday, February 20th 2017
Today is the 51st day of 2017. There are 314 days left in this year.
President Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Post Office.
The Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state.
Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
The House of Representatives completed congressional action on an amendment to repeal Prohibition.
Anthony Eden resigned as British foreign secretary in a dispute with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.
During World War II, U.S. bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers in a series of attacks that became known as "Big Week."
Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth as he flew aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.
The Ranger 8 spacecraft crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunar surface.
Space shuttle Columbia cleared the final major hurdle to its maiden launch by firing fired its three engines in a 20-second test.
A bomb blamed on the Unabomber exploded behind a computer store in Salt Lake City, seriously injuring a store executive.
Police in Liverpool, England, charged two 10-year-old boys with the abduction and slaying of toddler James Bulger, a crime that shocked the country and terrified parents. Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were later convicted.
Tara Lipinski of the U.S. won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, becoming at age 15 the youngest gold medalist in Winter Olympics history; Michelle Kwan won the silver.
The United States and five other nations agreed to extend by three days the deadline for a Kosovo peace agreement. (NATO had threatened airstrikes against the Serbs if they did not reach an agreement with Albanian insurgents.)
Fire broke out during a rock concert at a nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., killing 100 people and injuring about 200 others.
Journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson shot himself to death at age 67.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman
Ansel Adams, American photographer.
Gloria Vanderbilt, Fashion designer
Sidney Poitier, Actor
Phil Esposito, Hockey Hall of Famer
Sandy Duncan, Actress
J. Geils, Rock musician
Charles Barkley, Basketball Hall of Famer
Cindy Crawford, Model
Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II
Abolitionist Frederick Douglass died in Washington, D.C.
Movie reviewer Gene Siskel died at a hospital outside Chicago at age 53.