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Today is Saturday, February 20th, the 51st day of 2021. There are still 314 days in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

February 20, 1905 The US Supreme Court in Jacobson v Massachusetts 7-2 upheld mandatory vaccination laws to protect public health.

On this date:

In 1792President George Washington signed an act creating the United States Postal Division.

In 1839Congress banned dueling in the District of Columbia.

In 1933Congress proposed the 21st amendment to the US Constitution to lift the ban.

In 1942Edward “Butch” O’Hare became the US Navy’s first flying ace in World War II by shooting down five Japanese bombers while defending the aircraft carrier USS Lexington in the South Pacific.

In 1962Astronaut John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth when he flew aboard the Project Mercury Friendship 7 spacecraft, which orbited the globe three times in a 4 hour, 55 minute and 23 second flight before traveling safely 800 miles in Atlantic landed southeast of Bermuda.

In 1965The American spaceship Ranger 8 crashed on the moon as planned after sending back thousands of images of the lunar surface.

In 1987A bomb from Unabomber Ted Kaczynski exploded behind a computer store in Salt Lake City, seriously injuring shopkeeper Gary Wright. The Soviet authorities released the Jewish activist Josef Begun.

In 1998Tara Lipinski from the USA won the women’s figure skating gold medal at the Nagano Olympics. Michelle Kwan won the silver.

In 1999Film critic Gene Siskel died in a hospital outside Chicago at the age of 53.

In 2003A pyrotechnic fire broke out during a Great White concert at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. 100 people were killed and around 200 others injured.

In 2007In a victory for President George W. Bush, a divided federal appeals court ruled that Guantanamo Bay detainees could not use the US judicial system to challenge their indefinite detention.

In 2010Alexander Haig, a soldier and statesman who held senior posts in three Republican administrations and some of the top jobs in the U.S. military, died in Baltimore at the age of 85.

Ten years ago: Security forces loyal to Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi have fired heavy shots as thousands marched in the rebellious eastern city of Benghazi and beat down mourners who tried to bury victims. The 20-year-old Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 only on his second Sprint Cup start. Kobe Bryant won his record-breaking fourth All-Star MVP award, scoring 37 points, and taking the West to a 148-143 win over the East in the NBA All-Star game.

Five years ago: Donald Trump led South Carolina Republican primary to victory; Hillary Clinton took a decisive victory over Bernie Sanders in Nevada’s Democratic Conventions. A funeral mass was held for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Lindsey Vonn won a record title at the 20th World Cup crystal ball in La Thuile, Italy, surpassing the Swedish champion Ingemar Stenmark.

A year ago: Japan’s Ministry of Health said two passengers quarantined from a cruise ship after being infected with the new coronavirus have died. Both were in their 80s and had pre-existing illnesses. Sixteen Americans brought to the United States from the cruise ship were in hospitals either because delayed test results showed they had the virus or because they showed symptoms. A survey by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that more Americans expressed concerns about contracting the flu than about contracting the coronavirus. Trump loyalist Roger Stone has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for crimes such as lying by Congress and obstructing the House’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. (Trump would commute the sentence to imprisonment just days before Stone was reported. He apologized to Stone in December 2020.) Morgan Stanley announced that it is buying E-Trade Financial for $ 13 billion in shares.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Sidney Poitier is 94. Racing Hall of Famer Bobby Unser is 87. Racing Hall of Famer Roger Penske is 84. Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is 80. Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito is 79th Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky. Is 79 years old. The film director Mike Leigh is 78 years old. Actor Brenda Blethyn is 75 years old. Actor Sandy Duncan is 75 years old. Actor Peter Strauss is 74 years old. Rock musician Billy Zoom (X) is 73 years old. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is 70. Actor John Voldstad is 70. Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is 67. Actor Anthony Head is 67. Country singer Leland Martin is 64. Actor James Wilby is 63. Rock musician Sebastian Steinberg is 62. Comedian Joel Hodgson is 61. Basketball Hall of Famous Charles Barkley is 58. Rock musician Ian Brown (Stone Roses) is 58. Actor Willie Garson is 57. Actor French Stewart is 57. Actor Ron Eldard is 56. Model Cindy Crawford is 55. Actor Andrew Shue is 54. Actor Lili Taylor is 54. Actor Andrea Savage is 48. Singer Brian Littrell is 46. Actor Lauren Ambro se is 43. Actor Jay Hernandez is 43. Actor Chelsea Peretti is 43. Country Musician Coy Bowles is 42. Actor Michael Zegen is 42. Actor Majandra Delfino is 40. Actor Jocko Sims is 40. Singer-musician Chris Thile is 40. Actor -Sä Less Jessie Mueller is 38. MLB All-Star Pitcher Justin Verlander is 38. Comedian Trevor Noah is 37. Actor Jake Richardson is 36. Actor Daniella Pineda is 34. Actor Miles Teller is 34. Singer Rihanna is 33. Actor Jack Falahee is 32.