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This Day In History: Feb. 20

Today is the 51st day of 2008 and the 61st day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1839, Congress passed legislation prohibiting dueling in the District of Columbia. In 1864, the Confederates won the Battle of Olustee, the biggest Civil War battle fought in Florida. In 1962, astronaut John Glenn made three orbits of the Earth. In 1986, the Soviet Union launched the Mir space station.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Ansel Adams (1902-1984), photographer; Sidney Poitier (1924- ), actor, is 84; Kelsey Grammer (1955- ), actor, is 53; Charles Barkley (1963- ), basketball player/broadcaster, is 45; Kurt Cobain (1967-1994), musician; Stephon Marbury (1977- ), basketball player, is 31.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1998, 15-year-old Tara Lipinski became the youngest woman to win a figure skating gold medal at the Olympics.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "History passes the final judgment." - Sidney Poitier

TODAY'S FACT: There have been 23 NASA astronauts from Ohio to date, including John Glenn and Neil Armstrong.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 1,954 - length in miles of the border between the United States and Mexico.

TODAY'S MOON: Full moon (February 20).


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