February 20

1792

President George Washington signed the Post Office Act, establishing a permanent Post Office Department.

1809

The Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state.

1895

Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, author, and orator, died.

1962

John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth.

1998

Tara Lipinski won the Olympic figure skating gold medal.

2003

A fire in a nightclub in Warwick, R.I., killed 100 and injured over 150.

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