On this day: February 20

POSTED: 04:12 PM PST Feb 19, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 19, 2014 

The Post Office is born, World War II gets its first flying ace, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, and a fire at a Great White concert leaves 100 dead, all on this day.

OTD February 20 - John Glenn
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NASA

1962: While aboard the Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, circling the globe three times during a flight lasting four hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds.

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