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Congress recommends repeal of Prohibition – Chicago Tribune

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Today is Tuesday, February 20, the 51st day of 2024. There are 315 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On February 20, 1933, Congress proposed the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to repeal prohibition.

Here’s what happened when the repeal of prohibition allowed Chicagoans to drink again.

On this date:

In 1792, President George Washington signed a law establishing the United States Post Office Department.

In 1862, William Wallace Lincoln, the 11-year-old son of President Abraham Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, died in the White House, apparently of typhoid fever.

In 1905, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Jacobson v. In the case of Massachusetts, it approved 7-2 mandatory vaccination laws aimed at protecting the public’s health.

In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an immigration law that prevented “idiots, imbeciles, feeble-minded persons, epileptics, insane people” from being admitted to the United States.

In 1933, Congress proposed the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to repeal prohibition.

In 1938, Anthony Eden resigned as British foreign secretary following Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s decision to negotiate with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

In 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to enter Earth orbit, flying aboard Project Mercury’s Friendship 7 spacecraft, which circumnavigated the Earth three times in a flight that lasted 4 hours, 55 minutes, 23 seconds before landing safely in the Atlantic Ocean. 800 miles southeast of Bermuda.

In 1965, America’s Ranger 8 spacecraft crashed on the moon as planned after sending back thousands of photographs of the lunar surface.

In 1987, a bomb left by Unabomber Ted Kaczynski behind a computer store in Salt Lake City exploded, seriously injuring store owner Gary Wright.

In 1998, Tara Lipinski of the United States won the gold medal in women’s figure skating at the Nagano Olympics; Michelle Kwan won the silver medal.

In 2003, a fire caused by pyrotechnics broke out during a concert by the band Great White at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, killing 100 people and injuring nearly 200 others.

In 2005, actor Sandra Dee died at the age of 62; 88-year-old musical actor John Raitt; and counterculture writer Hunter S. Thompson, 67.

A 2020 poll by The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that more Americans expressed concern about catching the flu than catching the coronavirus.

Naomi Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam cup by defeating Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 in the Australian Open final in 2021.

Today’s birthdays: Racing Hall of Fame member Roger Penske is 87. Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is 83. Hockey Hall of Fame member Phil Esposito is 82. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. 82. Film director Mike Leigh 81. Actor Brenda Blethyn 78. Actor Sandy Duncan 78. Actor Peter Strauss 77. Rock musician Billy Zoom (X) 76. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown 73. Actor John Voldstad 73. Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst 70. Actor Anthony Head 70. Country singer Leland Martin 67. Actor James Wilby 66. Rock musician Sebastian Steinberg 65. Comedian Joel Hodgson 64. Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley 61. Rock musician Ian Brown (Stone Roses) 61. Actor French Stewart 60. Actor Ron Eldard 59. Model Cindy Crawford 58. Actor Andrew Shue 57. Actor Lili Taylor 57. Actor Andrea Savage 51. Singer Brian Littrell 49. Actor Lauren Ambrose 46. Actor Jay Hernandez 46. Actor Chelsea Peretti 46. Country musician Coy Bowles 45. Actor Michael Zegen 45. Actor Majandra Delfino 43. Actor Jocko Sims 43. Singer-musician Chris Thile 43. Actor-singer Jessie Mueller 41, MLB All-Star pitcher Justin Verlander 41, Comedian Trevor Noah 40, Actor Jake Richardson is 39, Actor Daniella Pineda is 37, Actor Miles Teller is 37, Singer Rihanna is 36, Actor Jack Falahee is 35.

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