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Interesting historical events occurring on February 20.

February 19, 2012

February 20.  This year, February 20 is ‘President’s Day.’  Next year, it will be February 18.  The idea behind President’s Day is that it is a holiday that honors George Washington’s birthday.  However, his birthday is February 22.  I suppose the idea is to have a three day weekend in February, because President’s Day always falls on the third Monday in February.

Other than today being a national holiday, here’s what we’ve got for February 20:

In 1933, the Congress of the United States proposes the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution that will end Prohibition in the United States.

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Edward O'Hare

In 1942, Lieutenant Edward O’Hare becomes America’s first World War II flying ace.

In 1943, American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.

Also in 1943, The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell‘s Four Freedoms in support of United States President Franklin Roosevelt‘s 1941 State of the Union Address theme of Four Freedoms.

In 1944 regarding World War II, the “Big Week” began with American bomber raids on German aircraft manufacturing centers.

Also in 1944 and regarding World War II, the United States takes Eniwetok Island.

1962 – Mercury program: While aboard Friendship 7John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes.

In 1987, the Unabomber strikes in Salt Lake City when a bomb explodes in a computer store.

A few others I thought were interesting:

In 1792, the Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington.

In 1864 during the American Civil War, the Battle of Olustee occurs – the largest battle fought in Florida during the war.

Then in 1901, the legislature of Hawaii Territory convenes for the first time.

Finally in 1931, the Congress of the United States approves the construction of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge by the state of California.

Notable births:

1902 – Ansel Adams, American photographer

1927 – Sidney Poitier, American Actor

1934 – Bobby Unser, American racing driver

1942 – Mitch McConnell, American politician, senior senator of Kentucky

1966 – Cindy Crawford, American model

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Kurt Cobain

1967 – Kurt Cobain, American musician (Nirvana) (d. 1994)

Notable Deaths:

1999 – Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)

2005 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (b. 1937)

Until tomorrow…



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