February 20


1792 – President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act that created the U.S. Post Office.

1809 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the power of the Federal government was greater than that of any individual state.

1839 – Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.

1872 – Luther Crowell received a patent for a machine that made paper bags.

1872 – Silas Noble and J.P. Cooley patented the machine that manufactured toothpicks.

1880 – The American Bell Company was incorporated.

1909 – The Hudson Motor Car Company was organized. Major financial backing came from Detroit department store founder J.L. Hudson. Hudson would eventually join American Motors.

1933 – The U.S. House of Representatives completed congressional action on the 21st Amendment to repeal Prohibition.

1943 – American movie studio executives agreed to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.

1962 – John Glenn made space history when he orbited the World three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. He was the first American to orbit the Earth. He was aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule.

1965 – Ranger 8 crashed on the Moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the Moon’s surface. The spacecraft was taking pictures of possible landing sites for the Apollo astronauts.

1971 – The Emergency Broadcast System was accidentally activated in an erroneous national alert.

1974 – Cher filed for divorce from Sonny Bono.

1976 – KISS placed their footprints on the sidewalk outside the Grauman Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

1987 – After 11 years, David Hartman left ABC TV’s “Good Morning America”.

1987 – A bomb exploded in a computer store in Salt Lake City, UT. The blast was blamed on the Unabomber.

1997 – Ben and Jerry’s introduced their ice cream Phish Food. It was named after the rock group Phish.

1998 – Tara Lipinski, at age 15, became the youngest gold medalist in winter Olympics history when she won the ladies’ figure skating title at Nagano, Japan.

2002 – It’s revealed that Lance Bass of ‘N Sync was hoping to become an astronaut and take part in a November mission to the International Space Station.

2003 – The Station nightclub in West Warwick, RI caught fire during a pyrotechnics display at a Great White concert, killing 100 people including the band’s guitarist, Ty Longley and injuring nearly 200. It’s the worst such disaster in U.S. history.

2004 – Apple released their iPod Mini.

2008 – The U.S. Navy destroyed an inoperable spy satellite with a missile from the USS Lake Erie.

2015 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average set a record high when it closed above 18,100.

2016 – Six people were killed and two injured in multiple shooting incidents in Kalamazoo, MI.



Gloria Vanderbilt – 94 years old (1924) – Fashion designer (is the mother of CNN newsman Anderson Cooper)

Sidney Poitier – 91 years old (1927) – Actor (“Lilies of the Field”, “To Sir With Love”, “Blackboard Jungle”, “Porgy and Bess”, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, “In the Heat of the Night”, “Uptown Saturday Night”)

Bobby Unser – 84 years old (1934) – Race car driver

Marj Dusay – 82 years old (1936) – Actress (TV’s “Guiding Light”)

Roger Penske – 81 years old (1937) – Race car driver, team owner

Nancy Wilson – 81 years old (1937) – Jazz Singer

Richard Beymer – 80 years old (1938) – Actor (“The Diary of Anne Frank”, “West Side Story”, TV’s “Twin Peaks”)

Buffy Sainte-Marie – 77 years old (1941) – Singer, songwriter

Phil Esposito – 76 years old (1942) – Hockey player

Brenda Blethyn – 72 years old (1946) – Actress (“Secrets and Lies”, “Little Voice”)

Sandy Duncan – 72 years old (1946) – Dancer, actress (“Peter Pan”, “Star Spangled Girl”, TV’s “Roots”, “Valerie”, “Funny Face”, “The Hogan Family”)

Peter Strauss – 71 years old (1947) – Actor (“Peter Gunn”, “The Yearling”, “xXx: State of the Union”, TV’s “Rich Man, Poor Man”)

Jennifer O’Neill – 70 years old (1948) – Actress, model (“Summer of ’42”)

Ivana Trump – 69 years old (1949) – Donald Trump’s first wife

Patty Hearst – 64 years old (1954) – Publishing heiress, kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army and ultimately joined her captors, pardoned by President Clinton

James Wilby – 60 years old (1958) – Actor (“A Summer Story”, “Dreamchild”)

Joel Hodgson – 58 years old (1960) – Actor, writer (TV’s “Mystery Science Theater 3000”)

Charles Barkley – 55 years old (1963) – Basketball player, sportscaster.

French Stewart – 54 years old (1964) – Actor (TV’s “3rd Rock from the Sun”, “Mom”)

Cindy Crawford – 52 years old (1966) – Supermodel, actress (“Fair Game”)

Andrew Shue – 51 years old (1967) – Actor (TV’s “Melrose Place”)

Lili Taylor – 51 years old (1967) – Actress (“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”, “The Conjuring”, “The Haunting”, “I Shot Andy Warhol”, “Say Anything”, TV’s “Six Feet Under”)

Brian Littrell – 43 years old (1975) – Singer (The Backstreet Boys)

Jay Hernandez – 40 years old (1978) – Actor (TV’s “Hang Time”, movies “Crazy/Beautiful”, “Torque”, “Ladder 49”, “Friday Night Lights”, “Hostel”, “World Trade Center”, “Lakeview Terrace”, “Takers”, “Suicide Squad”)

Majandra Delfino – 37 years old (1981) – Actress (TV’s “Roswell”, “Friends With Better Lives”)

Miles Teller – 31 years old (1987) – Actor (“Whiplash”, “Fantastic Four”, “The Spectacular Now”, the “Divergent” movies, “That Awkward Moment”)



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