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Today in History

Today is Sunday, February 20, the 51st day of 2022. There are 314 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On February 20, 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth while flying aboard the Project Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7, which circled the world three times during a flight of 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds before crashing safely. in the Atlantic Ocean 800 miles southeast of Bermuda.

To this date :

In 1792, President George Washington signed an act creating the United States Postal Department.

In 1862, William 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.

In 1905, the United States Supreme Court, in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, upheld, 7 to 2, mandatory vaccination laws intended to protect public health.

In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an immigration law that barred “idiots, imbeciles, feeble-minded, epileptics, madmen” from admission to the United States.

In 1933, Congress proposed the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to repeal Prohibition.

In 1938, Anthony Eden resigned as British Foreign Secretary following Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s decision to negotiate with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

In 1965, the American spacecraft Ranger 8 crashed on the moon, as expected, after sending back thousands of images of the lunar surface.

In 1987, a bomb left by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski exploded behind a computer store in Salt Lake City, seriously injuring store owner Gary Wright.

In 1998, Tara Lipinski of the United States won gold in women’s figure skating at the Nagano Olympics (NAH’-guh-noh); Michelle Kwan won the silver medal.

In 2003, a fire started by pyrotechnics broke out at a concert by the band Great White at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, killing 100 people and injuring approximately 200 others.

In 2005, death claimed the life of actress Sandra Dee at age 62; musical actor John Raitt at 88; and counterculture writer Hunter S. Thompson at 67.

In 2020, a poll by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that more Americans are worried about getting the flu than getting the coronavirus.

Ten years ago: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev held an unprecedented meeting with opposition leaders, who said they were encouraged by his promises to facilitate the participation of anti-Kremlin parties in the elections. Former senator and astronaut John Glenn celebrated the 50th anniversary of his historic spaceflight at Ohio State University by launching a forum on the future of NASA.

Five years ago: President Donald Trump tapped Army Lt. Gen. HR McMaster as the new national security adviser, replacing ousted Michael Flynn.

A year ago: Debris from a United Airlines plane fell on suburban Denver during an emergency landing, with a very large piece that appeared to be part of the engine narrowly missing a house; authorities said no one on board or on the ground was injured. Naomi Osaka claimed her fourth Grand Slam trophy as she walked away to beat Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the Australian Open final.

Today’s birthdays: Racing Hall of Famer Roger Penske turns 85. Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is 81 years old. Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito turns 80. 79. Actress Brenda Blethyn is 76 years old. Actor Sandy Duncan is 76 years old. Actor Peter Strauss is 75 years old. Rock musician Billy Zoom (X) is 74 years old. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is 71 years old. Actor John Voldstad is 71 years old. 68. Actor Anthony Head is 68 years old. Country singer Leland Martin is 65. Actor James Wilby is 64 years old. Rock musician Sebastian Steinberg is 63 years old. Comedian Joel Hodgson (HAHD’-suhn) is 62 years old. musician Ian Brown (Stone Roses) is 59 years old. Actor French Stewart is 58 years old. Actor Ron Eldard is 57 years old. Model Cindy Crawford is 56 years old. Actor Andrew Shue is 55 years old. Actor Lili Taylor is 55 years old. Actor Andrea Savage is 49 years old. Singer Brian Littrell is 47. Actor Lauren Ambrose is 44. Actor Jay Hernandez is 44 years old. Actor Chelsea Peretti is 44 years old. Country musician Coy Bowles is 43 years old. Actor Michael Zegen is 43 years old. Actor Majandra Delfino is 41 years old. Actor Jocko Sims is 41 years old. Singer-musician Chris Thile (THEE’-lee) is 41 years old. Actor-singer Jessie Mueller is 39 years old. Star pitcher Justin Verlander is 39. Comedian Trevor Noah is 38 years old. Actor Jake Richardson is 37 years old. Actor Daniella Pineda is 35 years old. Actor Miles Teller is 35 years old. Singer Rihanna is 34 years old. Actor Jack Falahee is 33 years old.

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