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On this day: February 20

Published On: Feb 19 2013 06:12:59 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 20 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

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 - Gene Siskel
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1999: Film critic Gene Siskel, who, along with colleague Roger Ebert, hosted the movie review show "Siskel & Ebert At the Movies," dies from surgery complications at the age of 53 in Evanston, Ill. Siskel, who started at the Chicago Tribune in 1969, had undergone surgery in May 1998 for a cancerous brain tumor and taken a leave of absence from the show two weeks before his death.

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