Today in history 2/20/2017



Today in history, Pope Julius II dies. He will lie in rest in a huge tomb sculpted by Michelangelo in 1513.

Today in history, The U.S. Postal Service is created in 1792.

Today in history, The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the power of the federal government is greater than any individual state in the Union in 1809.

Today in history, Polish revolutionaries defeat the Russians in the Battle of Grochow in 1831.

Today in history, President Woodrow Wilson opens the Panama-Pacific Expo in San Francisco to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal in 1915.

Today in history, Lt. Edward O’Hare (see picture below) downs five out of nine Japanese bombers that are attacking the carrier Lexington in 1942.


Today in history, The Ford Foundation gives a $25 million grant to the Fund for Advancement of Education in 1954.

Today in history, The FCC applies the equal time rule to TV newscasts of political candidates in 1959.

Today in historyMercury astronaut John Glenn (see picture below) becomes the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.


Today in history, Ranger 8 (see picture below) hits the moon and sends back 7,000 photos to the United States in 1965.



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