Good News in History, February 20

Good News in History, February 20

Sidney PoitierHappy Birthday to the Oscar-winning actor, Sidney Poitier, who turns 88 today. In 1964, he became the first black performer to win a Best Actor Academy Award (for Lilies of the Field). Three years later he was the top box-office star with three films about race relations (To Sir, with Love; In the Heat of the Night; and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner).

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The Supreme Court ruled that the power of the federal government is greater than that of any individual state (1809)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in New York City (1872)
  • Lt. Edward O’Hare became America’s first World War II flying ace (1942)
  • One of the greatest Canadian hockey players, Phil Esposito, was born (1942)
  • John Glenn aboard Friendship 7 became the first American to orbit the earth (1962)
  • American Tara Lipinski became at age 15 the youngest gold medalist in Winter Olympics history when she won the ladies’ figure skating title at Nagano, Japan (1998)
  • Protesters in Albania‘s capital, Tirana, topple an enormous statue of the nation’s long-time dictator (1991)
  • Ross Perot announced he would run for president of the USA (1992)