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2/20/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - February 20
John Glenn
John Glenn

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Today in History in 1792 the U.S. Postal Service created postage from 6 cents to 12 cents depending on the distance; in 1944 the Batman & Robin comic strip premiered in newspapers; and in 1962 John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in Friendship 7.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1792 - US postal service created, postage 6 cents - 12 cents depending on distance
  • 1816 - Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome
  • 1861 - Department of Navy of Confederacy forms (US Civil War)
  • 1877 - 1st cantilever bridge in US completed, Harrodsburg, Kentucky
  • 1927 - Golfers in SC arrested for violating Sabbath
  • 1938 - UK Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigns, says PM Chamberlain appeased Germany
  • 1944 - Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers
  • 1947 - Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence.
  • 1947 - Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42 blocks in LA
  • 1960 - Jimi Hendrix, rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig.
  • 1962 - John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (Friendship 7)
  • 1971 - Major General Idi Amin Dada appoints himself president of Uganda
  • 1987 - David Hartman quits ABC's "Good Morning America" after 11 years
  • 1992 - Ross Perot says he'll run for President on Larry King Show
  • 2003 - During a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 300 others.


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1902 - Ansel Adams, photographer (1966 ASMP Award)
  • 1916 - Jackie Gleason, Brooklyn New York, American comedian (Ralph Kramden-Honeymooners)
  • 1925 - Robert Altman, Kansas City MO, director (Nashville, M*A*S*H)
  • 1929 - Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Kitty Russell-Gunsmoke), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1936 - Larry Hovis, Wapito Wash, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Hogan's Heroes)
  • 1955 - Kelsey Grammer, Virgin Islands, actor (Fraiser Crane-Cheers/Fraiser)
  • 1963 - Charles Barkley, Leads Alabama, NBA forward (Phoenix, Rockets, Oly-gold-96)
  • 1966 - Cindy Crawford, Dekalb Ill, super model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)
  • 1967 - Kurt Cobain, Aberdeen Washington, rock vocalist (Nirvana)

Famous Weddings

  • 1968 - Comedian John Cleese (Monty Python) marries actress Connie Booth
  • 1977 - World No. 1 tennis player Arthur Ashe (33) weds photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy in New York City
  • 1980 - Actress Susan Dey (LA Law) weds producer Bernard Sofronski
  • 1989 - Police violence victim Rodney King (23) weds Crystal Lynnette Waters
  • 1998 - The warrior monk "Kung Fu" actor David Carradine (61) weds actress Marina Benjamin (45) on the Laramie Street on the back lot of Warner Bros. Studio

Famous Divorces

  • 2007 - Baywatch actress Carmen Electra (34) divorces rocker Dave Navarro (39) due to irreconcilable differences after less than three years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1895 - Frederick Douglass, escaped slave, anti-slavery leader, dies at 77
  • 1907 - Henri Moissan [Ferdinand-Frederic-], chemist (Nobel 1906), dies at 54
  • 1920 - Robert E Peary, US pole explorer (North Pole, 6/4/1909), dies at 63
  • 1966 - Chester W Nimitz, US admiral (WW II), dies at 80
  • 1972 - Walter Winchell, writer/actor (Dondi, Love & Hisses), dies at 74
  • 1985 - Clarence Nash, American voice actor (Donald Duck), dies of leukaemia at 80
  • 1992 - Dick York, actor (Bewitched), dies of emphysema at 63
  • 1999 - Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)
  • 2001 - Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 2005 - Sandra Dee, American actress (b. 1944)
  • 2005 - John Raitt, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 2006 - Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (b. 1919)

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