This Month in History
February 1, 2003 – Sixteen minutes before it was scheduled to land, the Space Shuttle COLUMBIA broke apart in flight over Texas, killing all seven crew members.
February 3, 1870 – The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing the right of citizens to vote, regarless of race color, or previous condition of servitude.
February 12, 1809 – Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President was born in Hardin County, Kentucky.
February 14 – Celebrated as St. Valentine’s Day around the world, now one of the most widely observed unofficial holidays.
February 15, 1564 – Astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei was born in Italy. He was the first astronomer to use a telescope and advanced the theory that the sun, not the earth, was the center of the solar system.
February 20, 1962 – Astronaut John Glenn became the first American launched into orbit. He was the thrid American in Space, preceded by Alan Shepard and Virgil “Gus” Grissom. (Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human in space, completing one orbit on April 12, 1961.)
February 22, 1732 – George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He became the first U.S. President.