Today in History: Feb. 20

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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2003 aerial file photo, authorities continue their work at The Station nightclub where more than 100 people died in a late night fire, in West Warwick, R.I. Ten years later, the imprint of the fire remains - including in the state's strict fire code, passed soon after the blaze, that requires all nightclubs like The Station to install sprinklers. (AP Photo/ Robert E. Klein, File)

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China's Lu Chen waits, along with her coaches, to hear her free skate program scores at White Ring Arena Friday, Feb. 20, 1998, in Nagano, Japan. Chen went on to win the bronze medal. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

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USA' Michelle Kwan acknowledges the crowd during the awarding ceremony following the ladies free skating long program at the White Ring Arena on Friday, Feb. 20, 1998, in Nagano, Japan. Fellow American Tara Lipinski won the gold; Kwan, the silver, and China's Lu Chen, the bronze. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)

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Vacationing in Miami Beach's warm sunshine, Feb. 20, 1962, is Marlene Schmidt, who won her title of Miss Universe at the Florida vacation resort last summer. A West German national, Miss Schmidt is an electrical engineer. (AP Photo)

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Astronaut John Glenn on board ship after his successful space flight in mercury space capsule, Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962 . (AP Photo)

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Astronaut John Glenn, the Friendship 7 Mercury Capsule is shown being launched from Cape Canavarel, Fla. on Feb. 20, 1962. (AP Photo)

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President John Kennedy, speaking from the White House Rose Garden in Washington on Feb. 20, 1962, salutes space conqueror John H. Glenn, Jr., for his three-orbit flight around the globe. The President declared that in space America must ?be in a position second to none.? (AP Photo)

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Blues legend B.B. King accepts his Grammy Award for best traditional blues recording for “Live at San Quentin” at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1991 in New York during presentation of the 33rd annual Grammy Awards. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)

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Michael Jackson poses in Beverly Hills, California on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1990 with a special award presented to him by CBS Records commemorating the more than 110 million units of his recordings sold worldwide in the 1980s. The unprecedented record sales make him the top-selling musical artist of the 1980s. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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An unidentified man walks past a sand illustration of praying hands on Texas’ South Padre Island on Sunday, Feb. 20, 1991.The flag-decorated creation is inscribed “Pray for Peace,” and was created by sand sculptor Walter McDonald of South Padre Island. (AP Photo/Delcia Lopez)

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President Ronald Reagan is pulled along by his pet dog ?Lucky? while he and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher take a stroll in the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1985 in Washington. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)

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The great Wallendas go through a practice session 40 feet above a parking lot in Hollywood, California on Feb. 20, 1964, in preparation for a TV show. Carla Wallendas, 26, does a split on a pole carried by Leon Fort and Richard Gutzman while Carl Wallendas, 59, coaches. (AP Photo/DFS)

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The Friendship 7 capsule, containing astronaut John Glenn, is recovered from the Atlantic by the destroyer U.S.S. Noa after a successful space flight, Feb. 20, 1962. The yellow coloring in the water is dye to make the capsule more visible to the recovery crew. (AP Photo)

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The Friendship 7 Mercury capsule with astronaut John Glenn aboard, is shown being launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Feb. 20, 1962. (AP Photo)

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Astronaut John Glenn tape records details of his mission on board a ship after his successful space flight in the Mercury space capsule, Friendship 7, Feb. 20, 1962. (AP Photo)

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Astronaut John Glenn stands in his space suit, at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 20, 1962. (AP Photo)

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Astronaut John Glenn is seen in the space training capsule, Feb. 20, 1962, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (AP Photo)

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Allied soldiers fire heavy mortar at enemy positions as they keep Reds off balance on the Korean front on Feb. 20, 1951. (AP Photo)

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Tibetans balance their lack of Cinema, television and radio entertainment by making their own fun. Most of them can play at least one musical instrument, and all of them can dance and sing. Troupes of players tour the country, enacting romances and dramas handed down over many centuries. Most of the Dialogue is sung- the audience being welcome to join in and a chorus gives a Tuneful scene-by-scene commentary on the action. A young Tibetan actress who has been in the public eye since she was old enough to crawl onto a stage with a fine control to voice and a wide range of character study shown Feb. 20, 1951, she blends the dancing necessary to Tibetan entertainment. Her ancestors have been strolling players from time beyond memory. (AP Photo)

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The male lead player of one of the touring companies during one of the dances of the charitable prince on Feb. 20, 1951. He carries a wand of authority which he claims his wife by touching her on the shoulder, a relic of the days of marriage by capture. The belt, flying wide during the dance, is of Kak Hair tails. (AP Photo)

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In the only experiment of its kind in the world, geneticists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are seeking the answers to questions of long-term implications of hereditary changes brought on by radiation. The experiment presently involves 40,000 nice which will eventually be built up to a colony of approximately 100,000. This picture shows one of the mouse rooms in the Mammalian Genetics Section of the Laboratory’s Biology Division. A large number of animals can be raised in a small space; each labeled cage contains one mouse family. Mrs. Josephine Gower, Research Assistant at the laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on Feb. 20, 1950. (AP Photo)

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U.S. President Harry S. Truman holds up handful of pens he used to sign an employment and production bill which Congress passed as a compromise for his so-called “full employment” legislation. The ceremony took place in the White House, Washington, D.C., on Feb. 20, 1946. (AP Photo)

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This is a general view of the wreckage of a two-story building that housed the O'Connor Electro-Plating Company, which was destroyed in a horrific explosion in downtown Los Angeles, Feb. 20, 1947. The blast killed more than 30 and injured over one hundred others. (AP Photo)

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Golden mask of Un Djebau En Djedet, husky general who commanded the archers of slight King Psusennes I of the Pharaohs about 3,000 years ago shown Feb. 20, 1946. It has just been unearthed by a French archeological mission under Professor Pierre Montet in a hidden chamber of King Psusennes’ tomb in the lower Nile valley at Sanel Hagar, formerly the capital city of Tanis. With precious statuettes of gods and goddesses and other artistic treasures, it constitutes the most important find made by the French mission since it resumed excavations interrupted by the war. (AP Photo)

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Frenchwoman with two children and belongings loaded on a baby carriage seen in Haguenau, France on Feb. 20, 1945, before they started on their long trek to a safe rear area. They are some of the refugees leaving the town because of the planned withdrawal of the 7th U.S. Army. Many civilians prefer to leave their homes and seek safety in a rear area, rather than suffer another German occupation or risk being conscripted into the German Vollksturn. (AP Photo)

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The day's hike is over. The elephants having left later, catch up with the party. The soldiers are looking for their bedding in India on Feb. 20, 1943. Left to right: Corps. Darrall McAfee of Sedan, Kansas Pvt. Jimmie M. Bartlett H. Hohn of San Francisco, California. The American soldiers sometimes had trouble getting their bedding as the elephant party did not always arrive on time because the elephants were partly wild. This was solved by having the Nagas carry all the bedding. (AP Photo)

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The flaming wreckage of a bombed factory in Copenhagen, Feb. 20, 1943. (AP Photo)

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Lovely Carole Landis, screen star lunges for the ball to the apparent delight of our boys and film stars Kay Francis and Martha Raye in North Africa, Feb. 20, 1943. This pacific scene was photographed at an American army camp in North Africa where the three Hollywood lovelies entertained our boys. The three girls returned to the states from an extended tour of army camps in Great Britain where they entertained the boys. (AP Photo)

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The warbling notes of the red alert signal had not yet ceased to sound, Feb. 20, 1943. The same streets that were so busy with pedestrian New Yorkers and holidaying visitors a few minutes before, are empty except for air raid wardens, police and Navy shore-patrolmen. (AP Photo/Robert Kradin)

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Londoners with lighted cigarettes are liable to be stopped on the sidewalk with the request of, Give us a light please, many times, for matches are very scarce in London, Feb. 20, 1940. Note the no matches sign on the kiosk window. (AP Photo)

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A mounted policeman strikes with the back of his gloved hand at an unidentified man near Madison Square Garden, New York, during the German American Bund rally Feb. 20, 1939. A force of 1,500 policemen were stationed in and around the Garden to forestall anti-Bund demonstrations. (AP Photo)

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A box for empty cigarette packets and tobacco tins is standard equipment for a London tobacco store in London, Feb. 20, 1942. Manufacturers ask for the return of packages so that they can refill them. (AP Photo)

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New York City’s mounted police form a solid line outside Madison Square Garden on Feb. 20, 1939, to hold in check a crowd which packed the streets around the Garden where the German American Bund was holding a rally. To prevent any clash between bundsmen and counter-demonstraters, police surrounded the area with a force of 1,500. (AP Photo/Murray Becker)

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Large crowds in Downing Street, London, on Feb. 20, 1938, waiting for news of the political crisis. (AP Photo)

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Austria’s Chief concentration camp, Voellersdorf, near Vienna, on Feb. 20, 1938. It is surrounded by barbed wire charged with electricity. About 3,000 political prisoners were released from this and other camps after the amnesty. (AP Photo)

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** FILE ** In this Feb. 20, 2003 file photo, firefighters spray water on to the charred remains of the nightclub, The Station located in West Warwick, R.I., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003. The state of Rhode Island and the town of West Warwick have each agreed to pay $10 million to those left behind after a nightclub fire that killed 100 people, according to court documents filed Monday, Aug. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

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This artist's sketch shows Union forces as they suffer defeat in the Battle of Olustee, or Pond Ocean, Fla., during the American Civil War on Feb. 20, 1864. It was the only pitched battle with Confederate troops to take place in Florida. (AP Photo)

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Astronaut John Glenn is seen with his Friendship 7 space capsule atop an Atlas rocket at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 20, 1962 ready for the flight which made him the first American to orbit the earth. (AP Photo)

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Men of the security forces in Cyprus search the village of Akaki, fourteen miles from Nicosia, on Feb. 20, 1957 during the transport of men and materials into the heights of the Troodos Mountains. A shot was fired at the troops as they passed. They immediately surrounded the village and searched everyone in it. Schoolboys, returning from school, stand around with their hands up. (AP Photo)

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Princess Grace of Monaco during a visit to La Colmiane, winter sports resort in the French Alps, north of Monaco on Feb. 20, 1959. (AP Photo)

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Actress Rita Hayworth is shown in a night club sequence scene from her first movie after a three-year absence abroad. Feb. 20, 1952. (AP Photo)

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With only one water main left in the town all water is hauled from this point to the few remaining homes, Feb. 20, 1946. Two youngsters with Jerry cans full of water enroute home. (AP Photo)

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Miss Trittau, bombed out and homeless after the German air raid in London, Feb. 20, 1944, wrapped in salvaged eiderdown, bears a look of determination and resolution as much as to say, Let us carry on. (AP Photo)

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Crowds rush for cover as sirens sound for the Daylight Air Raid Alarm at Rockefeller Plaza in New York on Feb. 20, 1943. (AP Photo/John Rooney)

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Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain, center, releases a carrier pigeon bearing a message of greeting to Lady Baden Powel as her sister, Princess Margaret Rose, looks on, Feb. 20, 1943. It was one of the many messages sent by Girl Guides throughout Britain on Thinking Day, which marks the birthday of the late Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout movement. (AP Photo)

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A passer-by slips to the pavement while attempting to avoid the hooves of a policeman’s horse outside Madison Square Garden, New York City, Feb. 20, 1939, where the German American Bund was holding a rally. Disorder having been feared after a counter-demonstration was announced, police kept crowds around the Garden on the move. (AP Photo)

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The brothers Dean of baseball are seen in Dallas, Texas on Feb. 20, 1939, getting set to go to training camp, with Paul (left) bound for the St. Louis Cardinals camp in Florida, while Dizzy (right) is telling the world he’s going to California to join his teammates on the Chicago Cubs. (AP Photo)

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A huge whiskey still near Monroe, Georgia, Feb. 20, 1935, which was destroyed by Federal Agents. It had a 400 gallon a day capacity and 50 sticks of dynamite were used to blow up the still, boiler, 15,000 gallons of mash and over 400 gallons of liquor. (AP Photo)

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Trough the warmth of civilization lies just beyond, this statue of “Balto” the indomitable lead dog who carried that famous serum to Nome, appears to be in its element during New York's heavy snowfall. The brilliantly-lighted skyline of upper Fifth Avenue in the background in the Central Park on Feb. 20, 1934. (AP Photo)

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Greystone mansion of the late oil magnate, Edward L. Doheny Jr. on Feb. 20, 1929. (AP Photo)

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