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A thought for the day: Fly-fishing author John Gierach wrote, The solution to any problem -- work, love, money, whatever -- is to go fishing, and the worse the problem the longer the trip should be.

Other Notable Events for February 20

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On this date in history:

In 1816, The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini opened in Rome.

In 1872, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City.

In 1938, Anthony Eden resigned as Britain's foreign secretary to protest the appeasement policy of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain toward Nazi Germany.<...Read more

Notable Birthdays for February 20

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Those born on this date include:

- American Revolutionary War hero William Prescott in 1726
- photographer Ansel Adams in 1902
- Soviet leader Alexei Kosygin in 1904
- actor Gale Gordon in 1906
- TV emcee John Daly in 1914
- fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt in 1924 (age 93)
- film director Robert ...Read more

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Today is Monday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2017 with 314 to follow.

This is observed in the United States as Presidents' Day.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury. Evening stars are Neptune, Venus, Mars and Uranus.

King Edward VI

This Day in History, February 20

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On February 20th, 1547, Edward VI was crowned King of England at the age of nine.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: "When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses. -- Shirley Chisholm

Other Notable Events for February 19

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On this date in history:

In 1878, Thomas Edison patented the first gramophone.

In 1922, vaudeville star Ed Wynn became the first big name in show business to sign for a regular radio show.

In 1942, as a security measure during World War II, the U.S. government began relocating Japanese-Americans living in coastal...Read more

Notable Birthdays for February 19

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Those born on this date include:

- Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus in 1473
- Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi in 1876
- actor Merle Oberon in 1911
- jockey Eddie Arcaro in 1916
- novelist Carson McCullers in 1917
- actor Lee Marvin in 1924
- television/movie director John Frankenheimer in ...Read more

Astronomy

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Today is Sunday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2017 with 315 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury. Evening stars are Neptune, Venus, Mars and Uranus.

Battle of Gallipoli

This Day in History, February 19

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On February 19th, 1915, the Battle of Gallipoli began.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -- Ramsey Clark

Other Notable Events for February 18

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On this date in history:

In 1841, the first filibuster in the U.S. Senate began. It ended March 11.

In 1856, the American Party, also known as the Know-Nothing Party, nominated its first U.S. presidential candidate, former President Millard Fillmore. He carried only Maryland and the party soon vanished.

In 1865, ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for February 18

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Those born on this date include:

- Austrian physicist Ernst Mach in 1838
- stained glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1848
- Italian automaker Enzo Ferrari in 1898
- actor Jack Palance in 1919
- actor George Kennedy in 1925
- game show host Bill Cullen in 1920
- author and magazine editor Helen ...Read more

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Today is Saturday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2017 with 316 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury. Evening stars are Neptune, Venus, Mars and Uranus.

The Sixth Crusade

This Day in History, February 18

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On February 18th, 1229, Emperor Frederick II signed a truce, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem for the Holy Roman Empire.

A thought for the day

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A thought for the day: Aldous Huxley wrote, Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.

Other Notable Events for February 17

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On this date in history:

In 1801, the U.S. House of Representatives chose Thomas Jefferson as the third president of the United States after he and Aaron Burr tied in the Electoral College. It took 35 House ballots before Jefferson won and Burr became vice president.

In 1904, Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly premiered in ...Read more

Notable Birthdays for February 17

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Those born on this date include:

- Mail order retailer Aaron Montgomery Ward in 1843
- engraver Frederic Ives in 1856
- Texas oil millionaire H.L. Hunt in 1889
- sportscaster Red Barber in 1908
- author Margaret Truman Daniel, daughter of U.S. President Harry S. Truman, in 1924
- actor Hal Holbrook in 1925...Read more

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Today is Friday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2017 with 317 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury. Evening stars are Neptune, Venus, Mars and Uranus.

The Mayflower Compact

This Day in History, February 17

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On February 17th, 1621, Miles Standish was appointed first commander of the Plymouth colony.

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