Today is Sunday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2005. There are 314 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 20, 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, flying aboard Friendship 7.
On this date:
In 1790, Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II died.
In 1792, President Washington signed an act creating the U.S. Post Office.
In 1809, the Supreme Court ruled the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state.
In 1839, Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia.
In 1895, abolitionist Frederick Douglass died in Washington, D.C.
In 1933, the House of Representatives completed congressional action on an amendment to repeal Prohibition.
In 1944, during World War II, U.S. bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers in a series of attacks that became known as "Big Week."
In 1965, the Ranger 8 spacecraft crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunar surface.
In 1981, the space shuttle Columbia cleared the final major hurdle to its maiden launch as the spacecraft fired its three engines in a 20-second test.
In 2003, fire broke out during a rock concert at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., killing 100 people and injuring about 200 others.
Ten years ago: An American Marine, Sgt. Justin A. Harris, died in a helicopter crash during the evacuation of United Nations forces from Somalia.
Five years ago: The Fox TV network canceled the scheduled rebroadcast of its highly rated special "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?" after learning that the groom, Rick Rockwell, once was accused of hitting and threatening to kill an ex-girlfriend, accusations Rockwell denied.
One year ago: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered the state attorney general to take immediate legal steps to stop gay weddings in San Francisco. Bypassing angry Senate Democrats, President Bush installed Alabama Attorney General William Pryor as a U.S. appeals court judge in his second "recess appointment" of a controversial nominee in five weeks.
Today's Birthdays: Fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt is 81. Movie director Robert Altman is 80. Actor Sidney Poitier is 78. Actress Marj Dusay is 69. Jazz-soul singer Nancy Wilson is 68. Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is 64. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Phil Esposito is 63. Movie director Mike Leigh is 62. Actress Brenda Blethyn is 59. Actress Sandy Duncan is 59. Rock musician J. Geils is 59. Actor Peter Strauss is 58. Rock singer-musician-producer Walter Becker (Steely Dan) is 55. Actor Edward Albert is 54. Country singer Kathie Baillie is 54. Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is 51. Actor Anthony Stewart Head is 51. Country singer Leland Martin is 48. Actor James Wilby is 47. Rock musician Sebastian Steinberg is 46. Comedian Joel Hodgson is 45. Basketball player Charles Barkley is 42. Rock musician Ian Brown (Stone Roses) is 42. Actor French Stewart is 41. Actor Ron Eldard is 40. Model Cindy Crawford is 39. Actor Andrew Shue is 38. Actress Lili Taylor is 38. Singer Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys) is 30. Actress Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under") is 27. Actor Jay Hernandez is 27. Actress Majandra Delfino is 24. Singer-musician Chris Thile is 24. Actor Jake Richardson is 20.
Thought for Today: "There is no hope of joy except in human relations." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French author-aviator (1900-1944).