Today in History: February 20

Today in History: February 20

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1513

Pope Julius II dies. He will lay in rest in a huge tomb sculptured by Michelangelo.

1725

New Hampshire militiamen partake in the first recorded scalping of Indians by whites in North America.

1792

The U.S. Postal Service is created.

1809

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

1831

Polish revolutionaries defeat the Russians in the Battle of Grochow.

1864

Confederate troops defeat a Union army sent to bring Florida into the union at the Battle of Olustee, Fla.

1900

J.F. Pickering patents his airship.

1906

Russian troops seize large portions of Mongolia.

1915

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

1918

The Soviet Red Army seizes Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine.

1938

Hitler demands self-determination for Germans in Austria and Czechoslovakia.

1941

The United States sends war planes to the Pacific.

1942

Lt. Edward O'Hare downs five out of nine Japanese bombers that are attacking the carrier Lexington.

1943

German troops of the Afrika Korps break through the Kasserine Pass, defeating U.S. forces.

1954

The Ford Foundation gives a $25 million grant to the Fund for Advancement of Education.

1959

The FCC applies the equal time rule to TV newscasts of political candidates.

1962

Mercury astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth.

1963

Moscow offers to allow on-site inspection of nuclear testing.

1965

Ranger 8 hits the moon and sends back 7,000 photos to the United States.

1968

North Vietnamese army chief in Hue orders all looters to be shot on sight.

1971

Young people protest having to cut their long hair in Athens, Greece.

1982

Carnegie Hall in New York begins $20 million in renovations.