spotlight Today in history: Feb. 20 Feb 20, 2020 Feb 20, 2020 0 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1792: United States Post Office In 1792, President George Washington signed an act creating the United States Post Office Department. JOAN SEIDEL 1809: The Supreme Court In 1809, the Supreme Court ruled that no state legislature could annul the judgments or determine the jurisdictions of federal courts. AP 1942: Edward "Butch" O'Hare In 1942, Lt. Edward "Butch" O'Hare became the U.S. Navy's first flying ace of World War II by shooting down five Japanese bombers while defending the aircraft carrier USS Lexington in the South Pacific. AP 1962: John Glenn In 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Project Mercury's Friendship 7 spacecraft, which circled the globe three times in a flight lasting 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds before splashing down safely in the Atlantic Ocean 800 miles southeast of Bermuda. AP 1987: Joseph Begun In 1987, Soviet authorities released Jewish activist Josef Begun. AP 1987: Unabomber In 1987, a bomb left by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski exploded behind a computer store in Salt Lake City, seriously injuring store owner Gary Wright. AP 1998: Figure Skating In 1998, Tara Lipinski of the U.S. won the ladies' figure skating gold medal at the Nagano (NAH'-guh-noh) Olympics; Michelle Kwan won the silver. AP 2003: Nightclub Fire In 2003, a fire sparked by pyrotechnics broke out during a concert by the group Great White at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, killing 100 people and injuring about 200 others. AP 2007: Guantanamo Bay In 2007, in a victory for President George W. Bush, a divided federal appeals court ruled that Guantanamo Bay detainees could not use the U.S. court system to challenge their indefinite imprisonment. AP 2010: Alexander Haig Ten years ago: Alexander Haig, a soldier and statesman who'd held high posts in three Republican administrations and some of the U.S. military's top jobs, died in Baltimore at 85. AP 2010: Island of Madeira Ten years ago: Floods and mudslides on the Portuguese island of Madeira claimed more than 40 lives. AP 2015: Maureen McDonnell Five years ago: Maureen McDonnell, the wife of former Virginia Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, was sentenced to one year and 1 day in prison for her role in a bribery scheme that destroyed her husband's political career. AP 2019: Jim Boeheim One year ago: Police in Syracuse, New York, said longtime Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a man along an interstate highway as he tried to avoid hitting the man’s disabled vehicle; after an investigation, authorities filed no charges against Boeheim. AP 2019: Jussie Smollett One year ago: Police in Chicago said “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was charged with making a false police report when he said he’d been attacked by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck. (Prosecutors would drop the case in March.) AP 2019: Zion Williamson One year ago: College basketball star Zion Williamson was injured in the opening moments of Duke’s 88-72 loss to North Carolina after his Nike shoe came apart; Williamson suffered a mild knee sprain. AP 0 comments Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Birthday Celebrity Related to this collection Most Popular +15 Archives Today in history: March 28 Mar 28, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +42 Archives Top pics from the weekend: U.S. Navy hospital ship, and more Mar 30, 2020 Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press. +23 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: March 29 Mar 29, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Brendan Gleeson, Elle Macpherson, Lucy Lawless, Perry Farrell, Walt… +15 Archives Today in history: April 2 Apr 2, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +16 Archives Today in history: March 31 Mar 31, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +21 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: March 31 Mar 31, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Al Gore, Christopher Walken, Ewan McGregor, Rhea Perlman, Shirley J… +15 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: March 28 Mar 28, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Bart Conner, Dianne Wiest, Lady Gaga, Reba McEntire, Vince Vaughn a… +19 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: April 1 Apr 1, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Asa Butterfield, David Oyelowo, Hillary Scott, Jimmy Cliff, Method … +16 Archives Today in history: March 27 Mar 27, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +37 Archives Today’s top pics: Coronavirus Outbreak and more Mar 31, 2020 Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press.