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Today In History – February 29

Today in History in 1940 for her performance as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award; and in 2012 English singer, guitarist and actor Davy Jones passed away.

Today In History – February 28

Today in History in 1983 the final episode of M*A*S*H airs, with almost 110 million viewers; and in 2009 American radio host Paul Harvey passed away.

Today In History – February 27

Today in History in 1860 Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union that is largely responsible for his election to the Presidency; and in 1951 the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution limiting Presidents to two terms is ratified.

Today In History – February 26

Today in History in 1919 President Woodrow Wilson Establishes the Grand Canyon National Park; and in 1929 The Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming was established by President Calvin Coolidge.

Today In History – February 25

Today in History in 1870 Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi was sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in Congress. Revels previously lived in Lincolnton, N.C. during the 1840s.
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Today In History – February 24

Today in History in 1868 Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be impeached by the United States House of Representatives. He is later acquitted in the Senate.

Today In History – February 23

Today in History in 1945 during the Battle of Iwo Jima, a group of United States Marines reach the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and are photographed raising the American flag.

Today In History – February 22

Today in History in 1732 George Washington, American general and politician, and 1st President of the United States was born; and in 1889 President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington as U.S. states.

Today In History – February 21

Today in History in 1878 the first telephone directory was issued in New Haven, Connecticut; in 1886 the newly completed Washington Monument was dedicated; and in 1947 the first “instant camera” was demonstrated in New York City.

Today In History – February 20

Today in History in 1521 Juan Ponce de León sets out from Spain for Florida; and in 1962 while aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, making three orbits in four hours, 55 minutes.
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Today In History – February 19

Today in History in 1807 former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason in Wakefield, Alabama, and confined to Fort Stoddert; and in 1878 Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.

Today In History – February 18

Today in History in 1930 Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.

Today In History – February 17

Today in History in 1621 Myles Standish was appointed as first military commander of the English Plymouth Colony in North America; and in 1801 a tie in the Electoral College resolved with Thomas Jefferson elected President and Aaron Burr Vice President.

Today In History – February 16

Today in History the following notables were born: Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen (1903), actor Hugh Beaumont (1909), actress Vera-Ellen (1921), singer Sonny Bono (1935), actor LaVar Burton (1957), and tennis player John McEnroe (1959).

Today In History – February 15

Today in History in 1493 While on board the Niña, Christopher Columbus writes an open letter (widely distributed upon his return to Portugal) describing his discoveries and the unexpected items he came across in the New World.
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