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.
1998: At the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, 15-year-old American figure skater Tara Lipinski (center) becomes the youngest individual gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympics.
Courtesy of NOAA/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island
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