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February 20th In Pop Culture History

1792 - The United States Post Office became a cabinet position under President George Washington. In 1971, the Post Office became an independent corporation.

1816 - Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville premiered at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.

1872 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City.

1872 - Luther Childs Crowell (#123,811) received the patent for a machine for manufacturing square-bottom paper bags. We still use the design today.

1877 - Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake gave its premiere performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

1921 - The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, starring Rudolph Valentino was released in theaters.

1931 - San Francisco got approval from the US Congress to build the San Franciso-Oakland Bay Bridge.

1943 - American movie studio executives agreed to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.

1962 - Launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida, John Hershel Glenn Jr. successfully went into space aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first orbital flight by an American astronaut.

1965 - # 1 Hit February 20, 1965 - March 5, 1965: Gary Lewis & The Playboys - This Diamond Ring

February 20, 19** Birthday (fictional) Hal Jordan (Green Lantern), DC Comics

1979 - This Old House premiered on PBS.

1986 - The Soviet Union launched the Mir space station into orbit.

1986 - After about a century of planning and a millennium of wishing, it was announced that the "Chunnel" bewteen the UK and France would be built. Construction began in December 1987 and the "chunnel" was finally completed in 1994.

1988 - # 1 Hit February 20, 1988 - February 26, 1988: Exposť - Seasons Change

1995- A short called "Changes" which was the pilot for Dexter's Laboratory aired on Cartoon Network. It was a huge success and is credited with helping launch the animation careers of Butch Hartman, Craig McCracken and Seth McFarlane.

1996- VH1 Storytellers debuted on VH1

1998 - American figure skater Tara Lipinski became the youngest gold-metal winner at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan

2001 - FBI agent Robert Hanssen was arrested and charged with spying for the Russians for 15 years

2003 - Great White's pyrotechnics went out of control, burning down Rhode Island's 'The Station' nightclub, and took 100 lives.

2005 - Robot Chicken premiered on Adult Swim.

2013 - The smallest extrasolar planet, Kepler-37b was discovered.

February 20th Celebrity Birthdays

Learned At The Movies:

Ansel Adams (1902)
Bramwell Fletcher (1904)
Malcolm Atterbury (1907)
Nadine Conner (1907)
Rex Tucker (1913)
John Daly (1914)
Philip Friend (1915)
Jackie Gleason (1916)
Paul Tripp (1916)
Liesbeth Tronckens (1920)
Nurv Shiner (1921)
Gloria Vanderbilt (1924)
Robert Altman (1925, d.2006)
Sidney Poitier (1927)
Ibrahim Ferrer (1927, d.2005)
Amanda Blake (1929, d.1989)
Patricia Smith (1930)
Larry Hovis (1936)
Marj Dunsay (1936)
David Ackles (1937)
Nancy Wilson (1937)
Roger Penske (1937)
Barbara Ellis (1939)
Buffy Sainte-Maire (1941)
Charlie Gillett (1942)
Claude Miller (1942)
Peter Strauss (1942)
Mike Leigh (1943)
Lew Soloff (1944)
Alan Hull (1945)
Andrew Bergman (1945)
Brion James (1945, d.1999)
Annu Kapoor (1945)
J.Geils (1946)
Sandy Duncan (1946)
Barbara Blethryn (1946)
Jennifer O'Neill (1947)
Billy Zoom (1948)
Ivana Trump (1949)
John Volstad (1950)
Walter Becker (1950)
Ken Shimura (1950)
Bonnie Lauer (1951)
Edward Albert (1951)
Kathie Ballie (1951)
Randy California (1951)
Poison Ivy (1953)
Anthony Stewart Head (1954)
Jon Brant (1954)
Patti Hearst Shaw (1954)
Kelsey Grammer (1955)
Charlie Adler (1956)
Carol Ficateir (1958)
James Wilby (1958)
Kee Marcello (1960)
Mark Reilly (1960)
Joel Hodgson (1960)
Imogen Stubbs (1961)
Joel Ellis (1962)
Ria Coyne (1962)
Ken Nesbitt (1962)
Charles Barkley (1963)
Ian Brown (1963)
William Baldwin (1963)
French Stewart (1964)
Terry Ilous (1964)
Rodney Rowland (1964)
Cindy Crawford (1966)
Andrew Shue (1967)
Kurt Cobain (1967, d.1994)
Lili Taylor (1967)
Rebekka Lynn Armstrong (1967)
Katherine Soucie (1967)
Lorraine Olivia (1968)
Vaginal Davis (1969)
Corinna Harney (1972)
K-OS (1972)
Kimberly Davies (1973)
Ophelie Winter (1974)
Brian Littrell (1975)
Ed Graham (1976)
Lauren Ambrose (1978)
Jakki Deg (1978)
Jay Hernandez (1978)
Chris Thile (1981)
Rihanna (1988)
Melanie Leishman (1989)
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