2/20/2021 12:01:00 AM Today In History - February 20
Reprinted By Permission From OnThisDay.com
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:
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.