February 19, 2008
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column surprised that so many significant events transpired on Feb. 20.
Today’s date seems quite obscure to us. Nothing, in our mind, ever happens in the bitterly cold days of February, but we thought some historically essential event must have happened today.
So, we did a little research.
It appears that Feb. 20 is more important than we thought.
See for yourself.
On this date…
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1792: The U.S. postal service was created; postage was 6 cents -12 cents, depending on distance.
1809: The Supreme Court ruled that the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state.
1839: Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
1865: MIT formed the first U.S. collegiate architectural school.
1872: The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City.
1895: Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, author, and orator, died.
1933: The House of Representatives completed congressional action to
1941: The first transport of Jews to concentration camps left Plotsk, Poland.
1956: WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus, Ohio (PBS) began broadcasting.
1962: America’s first space hero, John Glenn, made space history. Glenn orbited the world three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. “Godspeed, John Glenn. You’re cleared for orbit.”
1965: The Beatles recorded “That Means a Lot.”
1967: Kurt Cobain, rock vocalist for Nirvana and husband of Courtney Love, was born.
1972: First time Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks (111-109).
1976: Muhammad Ali knocked out Jan Pierre Coopman in five for the heavyweight boxing title.
1987: A bomb blamed on the Unabomber exploded by a computer store in Salt Lake City.
1998: Tara Lipinski won the Olympic figure skating gold medal.
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