Today in History

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February 20th

  • In 1792 President George Washington signed The Postal Service Act, establishing the US Post Office
  • In 1877 Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake receives its premiere performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
  • In 1998 At 15 American figure skater Tara Lipinski becomes youngest Winter Olympics gold-medalist.

February 21st

  • In 1878 The first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
  • In 1925 The New Yorker publishes its first issue.
  • In 1995 Steve Fossett becomes the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific in a balloon

February 22nd

  • In 1819 Spain sells Florida to the United States for five million U.S. dollars.
  • In 1872 The Prohibition Party nominates James Black as its first presidential nominee.
  • In 1980 In Lake Placid, NY, The Miracle On Ice the US hockey team defeats the Soviet Union team 4

February 23rd

  • In 1836 The Battle of the Alamo begins in San Antonio, Texas.
  • In 1883 Alabama becomes the first U.S. state to enact an anti-trust law.
  • In 1896 The Tootsie Roll is invented.

February 24th

  • In 1868 Andrew Johnson becomes President to be impeached by the House, he is acquitted in the Senate
  • In 1942 The Battle of Los Angeles occurs, one of the largest documented UFO sightings in history.
  • In 2008 Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.

February 25th

  • In 1901 J. P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.
  • In 1919 Oregon places a one cent per gallon tax on gas, becoming the first state to levy a gas tax.
  • In 1933 The USS Ranger is launched, the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier

February 26th

  • In 1919 President Woodrow Wilson signs an act of Congress establishing Grand Canyon National Park.
  • In 1929 President Calvin Coolidge signs an Executive Order establishing Grand Teton National Park.
  • In 1995 The United Kingdom's oldest investment banking institute, Barings Bank, collapses.

February 27th

  • In 1844 The Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti.
  • In 1951 The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, limiting Presidents to two terms.
  • In 1986 The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis.

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