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 - Frederick Douglass
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National Archives and Records Administration

1895: Abolitionist Frederick Douglass dies of a heart attack or stroke at the age of 77 in Washington, D.C. Douglass was born a slave in Talbot County, Maryland, but escaped in 1838 and became a leader of the abolitionist movement, noted for his for his dazzling oratory skills and incisive antislavery writing.


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