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This Day in History for February 20 – USPS Established and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1792 – The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington (More info)

1872 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York City (More info)

1877 – Tchaikovsky’s ballet ‘Swan Lake’ has its premiere performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (More info)

1962 – While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth (More info)

2003 – During a Great White concert in West Warwick, RI, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 200 others (More info)

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