Thursday, February 20, 2014

February 20th - Today in History

Since Facebook as "Throwback Thursdays"

I thought I would do my own version today and share a bit of history....

Today is Thursday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2014. There are 314 days left in the year.

Here are some things that happened on February 20th.....

In 1792, President George Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Post Office.

In 1809, the Supreme Court ruled that no state legislature could annul the judgments or determine the jurisdictions of federal courts.

In 1862, William Wallace Lincoln, the 11-year-old son of President Abraham Lincoln and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, died at the White House, apparently of typhoid fever.

In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an immigration act which excluded "idiots, imbeciles, feebleminded persons, epileptics, insane persons" from being admitted to the United States.

In 1933, Congress proposed the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to repeal Prohibition.

In 1950, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. Rabinowitz, ruled 5-3 that authorities making a lawful arrest did not need a warrant to search and seize evidence in an area that was in the "immediate and complete control" of the suspect.

In 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Project Mercury's Friendship 7 spacecraft.

In 1987, a bomb left by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski exploded behind a computer store in Salt Lake City, seriously injuring store owner Gary Wright. Soviet authorities released Jewish activist Josef Begun.

In 1999, movie reviewer Gene Siskel died at a hospital from brain tumor surgical complications outside Chicago at age 53.

In 2003, a fire sparked by pyrotechnics broke out during a concert by the group Great White at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., killing 100 people and injuring about 200 others.

In 2004, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered the state attorney general to take immediate legal steps to stop same-sex weddings in San Francisco. (The next month, the California Supreme Court ordered an immediate halt to same-sex weddings in San Francisco.)

Today's Birthdays:
Gloria Vanderbilt is 90.
Sidney Poitier is 87.
Marj Dusay is 78. (She played Alexandra Spaulding on Guilding Light) 
Sandy Duncan is 68.
J. Geils is 68. (I cannot believe he is 68!!)
Peter Strauss is 67.  (Peter Strauss is younger than J. Geils, who knew?)
Patricia Hearst is 60.
Charles Barkley is 51.
French Stewart is 50.
Cindy Crawford is 48.
Andrew Shue is 47.
Lili Taylor is 47.
Rihanna is 26.
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