Daily Archives: February 20, 2012

Nixon becomes first U.S. president to visit China 40 years ago this hour (1972)

Video: Nixon arrives in Peking (at 5:45)

(Monday, February 21, 1972, 11:28 a.m. local time) — President Nixon arrived in Peking this morning (Sun., Feb. 20, 1972, at 10:28 p.m. EST) to mark the end of a generation of hostility between the United States and China and to begin a new but still undefined relationship between the most powerful and the most populous of nations.

Lincoln’s son 11-year-old son, Willie, dies of typhoid fever 150 years ago this hour (1862)

Video: Willie Lincoln dies (at 12:46)

(Sunday, February 20, 1862, 5 p.m. local time, during the American Civil War)William Wallace “Willie” Lincoln, the 11-year-old third son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, died today at the White House in Washington.

The most likely cause of the illness was typhoid fever, contracted from drinking contaminated water.