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 - Robert Altman
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1925: Film director Robert Altman, best known for movies such as "MASH," "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," "Nashville," "The Player," "Short Cuts" and "Gosford Park," is born in Kansas City, Mo. Altman (second from right) is seen here with Woody Harrelson, Meryl Streep and Lindsay Lohan at the premiere of his film "A Prairie Home Companion" on Feb. 12, 2006, about nine months before dying from leukemia at the age of 81.

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