(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.
(Thursday, February 20, 1992, 9 p.m. EST) — Two days after the New Hampshire primaries, U.S. businessman Ross Perot appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live and announced his intention to run for president as an independent if his supporters could get his name on the ballot in all fifty states.
(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.
(Tuesday, February 20, 1962, 9:47 a.m. EST) — Lt. Col. John Glenn blasted off today on his orbital space flight and reported everything was working perfectly in the first few minutes. Glenn, riding in his Friendship 7 capsule, is attempting to become the first American to orbit the earth.