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Today in History
Today in History: Tuesday, February  20, 2018
AP Highlight in History:
On Feb. 20, 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, flying aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.
Audio LinkJohn Glenn and mission control
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On this date in:
1792President George Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Post Office.
1809The Supreme Court ruled that the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state.
1839Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
1862William Wallace Lincoln, the 11-year-old son of President Abraham Lincoln and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, died at the White House, apparently of typhoid fever.
1895Abolitionist Frederick Douglass died.
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1938British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigned in protest over Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's decision to negotiate with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
1944During World War II, U.S. bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers in a series of attacks that became known as "Big Week."
1965The Ranger 8 spacecraft crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunar surface.
1998American Tara Lipinski became at age 15 the youngest gold medalist in Winter Olympics history when she won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, Japan.
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2003Fire broke out during a rock concert at a nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., killing 100 people and injuring about 200 others.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., turns 76 years old today.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Gloria VanderbiltFashion designer94
Sidney PoitierActor91
Nancy WilsonJazz singer81
Buffy Sainte-MarieFolk singer77
Phil EspositoHockey Hall of Famer76
Mike LeighDirector75
Sandy DuncanActress72
J. GeilsRock musician72
Walter BeckerRock musician (Steely Dan)68
Gordon BrownFormer British prime minister67
Anthony Stewart HeadActor ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")64
Charles BarkleyBasketball Hall of Famer55
French StewartActor ("3rd Rock from the Sun")54
Cindy CrawfordModel52
Andrew ShueActor ("Melrose Place")51
Lili TaylorActress51
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander turns 35 years old today.
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