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This Day In History: Feb. 20

This Day in History

1792: Pres. George Washington signs an act that creates the U.S. Post Office.
1962: John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, 3 times in the Mercury capsule Friendship 7.
1986: The Soviets launch the space station Mir.
1998: At age 15, American Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest ever to win Olympic gold in figure skating.
2001: Senior FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen is charged with espionage for allegedly selling classified information to the Soviet Union and Russia.
2002: A videotape delivered to Pakistani officials depicts the graphic murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who had been abducted by terrorists on Jan. 23. 360 are killed as an Egyptian train catches fire outside Cairo.:
2003: A fire caused by a pyrotechnic display kills 98 at a West Warwick, R.I., nightclub during a concert by the heavy metal band Great White.
2004: Conservatives sweep the Iranian parliamentary elections.

Today's Birthdays

1902: Ansel Adams, photographer (San Francisco, CA; died 1984)
1920: Carl Stotz, founder of Little League (Williamsport, PA; died 1992)
1924: Gloria Vanderbilt, fashion designer (New York, NY)
1925: Robert Altman, director/producer (Kansas City, MO)
1927: Sidney Poitier, actor (Miami, FL)
1934: Bobby Unser, auto racer (Albuquerque, NM)
1937: Nancy Wilson, singer (Chillicothe, OH)
1942: Phil Esposito, hockey player, coach, and executive (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada)
1946: Brenda Blethyn, actress (Ramsgate, England). Sandy Duncan, actress (Henderson, TX).
1954: Patricia Hearst, newspaper heiress (San Francisco, CA)
1955: Kelsey Grammer, actor (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands)
1963: Charles Barkley, basketball player (Leeds, AL)
1965: Ron Eldard, actor (Long Island, NY)
1966: Cindy Crawford, model (DeKalb, IL)
1967: Kurt Cobain, musician/singer (Aberdeen, WA; died 1994). Andrew Shue, actor (South Orange, NJ).

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