Today in history (Feb. 20)

Today In History
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Today is Sunday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2022. This is today in history.

Local news

  • In 2014, Neosho ended its contract with the School Resource Officer program until later renegotiations.
  • In 2015, a gas leak at Colgan Highschool caused a brief evacuation of students and staff inside the building.
  • In 2018, several thousand Heartland Electric customers lost power in Woodson, Allen, Bourbon, Neosho, and Crawford counties

World news

  • In 1905, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, upheld, 7-2, compulsory vaccination laws intended to protect the public’s health.
  • In 1938, Anthony Eden resigned as British foreign secretary following Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s decision to negotiate with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
  • In 1987, a bomb left by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski exploded behind a computer store in Salt Lake City, seriously injuring store owner Gary Wright.


  • In 1970, the John Lennon single “Instant Karma” was released.
  • In 1998, Tara Lipinski of the U.S. won the ladies’ figure skating gold medal at the Nagano (NAH’-guh-noh) Olympics; Michelle Kwan won the silver.
  • In 2007, singer Britney Spears checked into rehab. She checked out the next day.


  • In 1792, President George Washington signed an act creating the United States Post Office Department.
  • In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an immigration act which excluded “idiots, imbeciles, feebleminded persons, epileptics, insane persons” from being admitted to the United States.
  • In 1933, Congress proposed the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to repeal Prohibition.


Racing Hall of Famer Roger Penske is 85. Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is 81. Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito is 80. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is 80. Movie director Mike Leigh is 79. Actor Brenda Blethyn is 76. Actor Sandy Duncan is 76. Actor Peter Strauss is 75. Rock musician Billy Zoom (X) is 74. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is 71. Actor John Voldstad is 71. Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is 68. Actor Anthony Head is 68. Country singer Leland Martin is 65. Actor James Wilby is 64. Rock musician Sebastian Steinberg is 63. Comedian Joel Hodgson (HAHD’-suhn) is 62. Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is 59. Rock musician Ian Brown (Stone Roses) is 59. Actor French Stewart is 58. Actor Ron Eldard is 57. Model Cindy Crawford is 56. Actor Andrew Shue is 55. Actor Lili Taylor is 55. Actor Andrea Savage is 49. Singer Brian Littrell is 47. Actor Lauren Ambrose is 44. Actor Jay Hernandez is 44. Actor Chelsea Peretti is 44. Country musician Coy Bowles is 43. Actor Michael Zegen is 43. Actor Majandra Delfino is 41. Actor Jocko Sims is 41. Singer-musician Chris Thile (THEE’-lee) is 41. Actor-singer Jessie Mueller is 39. MLB All-Star pitcher Justin Verlander is 39. Comedian Trevor Noah is 38. Actor Jake Richardson is 37. Actor Daniella Pineda is 35. Actor Miles Teller is 35. Singer Rihanna is 34. Actor Jack Falahee is 33.

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