Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Today in History....February 20

On this day in …

* 1792, President George Washington signed an act creating the U.S.
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* 1809, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Peters, ruled the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state

* 1839, Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia

* 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an immigration act which excluded "idiots, imbeciles, feebleminded persons, epileptics, insane persons" from being admitted to the United States

* 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"

* 1965, the Ranger VIII spacecraft crashed on the moon after sending back thousands of pictures of the lunar surface

* 1987, a bomb blamed on the Unabomber exploded behind a computer store in Salt Lake City, seriously injuring store owner Gary Wright.
ALSO: Soviet authorities released Jewish activist Josef Begun

* 1997, the National Transportation Safety Board called for a speedup in the redesign of the rudder controls on Boeing 737s, citing potential problems suspected in a pair of deadly crashes

* 2002, President Bush, on the final leg of his Asian trip, arrived in China, where he urged President Jiang Zemin to respect religious freedoms

* 2006, President George Bush, visiting Milwaukee, outlined his energy proposals to help wean the country off foreign oil. ALSO:
David Irving was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting to an Austrian court that he had denied the Holocaust.

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