On this day: February 20

POSTED: 04:12 PM PST Feb 19, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 19, 2016 

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 - Gloria Vanderbilt
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Library of Congress

1924: Gloria Vanderbilt, the socialite and clothing designer most noted as an early developer of designer blue jeans, is born in New York City. A member of the prominent Vanderbilt family of New York, she is also the mother of CNN's Anderson Cooper. She's seen here in a 1958 photo.


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