Monday, February 20, 2012

20th of February

Today is the 51st day of the year, with only 314 days remaining.

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

1864 - The largest battle fought in Florida, during the American Civil War, is known as the Battle of Olustee.

1872 - In New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens.

1933 - Adolf Hitler secretly meets with German industrialists to arrange for financing of the Nazi Party's upcoming election campaign.

1935 - Caroline Mikkelsen becomes the first woman to set foot in Antarctica.

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

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

1952 - Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.

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

1998 - American figure skater Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest gold-medalist at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

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