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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 - How the West was Won
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1963: The western "How the West Was Won" premieres in the United States. The movie featured an all-star ensemble cast that included Carroll Baker, James Stewart, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, Debbie Reynolds, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Richard Widmark, Walter Brennan, Lee J. Cobb and Harry Morgan. Set between 1839 and 1889, it follows four generations of a family as they move westward from New York state to the Pacific Ocean. It would go on to earn eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, winning for Best Film Editing, Best Sound and Best Original Screenplay.

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