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Algonquin Provincial Park

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Wash basin, Dundurn Castle, Hamilton

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Looking down on Temagemy River, River Valley, Ontario

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Today (or Any Day) in History

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February 20

Today in History

1725: American colonists first practice scalping

1872: Luther Crowell patents a machine that manufactures paper bags

1877: 1st cantilever bridge in US completed, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

1901: 1st territorial legislature of Hawaii convenes

1944: Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers

1962: John Glenn becomes first American to orbit earth;

1976: Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

1994: Pope John Paul II demands juristic discrimination of homosexuals

Notable Births

1809: Henry Walton Wessells, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1889

1888: George Bernanos, French author The Diary of a Country Priest (Died: 1948)

1904: Aleksei Kosygin (Soviet premier [1964])

1912: Pierre Boulle, Avignon, France: author, WWII veteran (The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Planet of the Apes) died January 30, 1994

1914: John Daly (Emmy Award-winning reporter [1955]; TV host: What's My Line)

1925: Robert Altman (director: M*A*S*H, Nashville, Brewster McCloud)

1926: Kenneth H Olsen, US, engineer/founder (Digital Equipment Corp)

1926: Bob Richards (Olympic pole vaulter: only man to win 2 golds [1952, 1956] and a total of 3 medals [bronze, 1948] in this event)

1927: Sidney Poitier (Academy Award-winning actor: Lilies of the Field [1963]; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, To Sir With Love, Sneakers)

1929: Amanda Blake (Beverly Neill) (actress: Gunsmoke: Miss Kitty; Betrayal, The Glass Slipper, Sabre Jet, Stars in My Crown)

1930: Patricia Smith (actress: Spirit of St. Louis, Save the Tiger)

1934: Bobby Unser (racing driver: Indianapolis 500 winner [1968, 1975, 1981])

1936: Larry Hovis, Wapito Wash, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Hogan's Heroes)

1937: Roger Penske (race car driver, team owner: CART; speedway owner, operator of Cleaveland Grand Prix for Indy cars)

1937: Nancy Wilson (singer: (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am, Face It Girl, It's Over, What Are You Doing New Years?)

1941: Buffy Sainte-Marie (singer: I'm Gonna Be a Country Girl Again, Mister Can't You See, Up Where We Belong; songwriter: Universal Soldier, Until It's Time for You to Go; Married to Jack Nitzsche)

1942: Phil Esposito (hockey: NHL MVP: Boston Bruins [1969, 1974])

1943: Aleksandr Pavlovich Alexandrov, Russian, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-9, TM-3)

1945: Andrew Bergman, director/screenwriter (Soapdish, Honeymoon in Vegas)

1946: Sandy Duncan (dancer, actress: Peter Pan, Pinnochio, Roots)

1946: J. (Jerome) Geils (guitarist: group: The J. Geils Band: Looking for a Love, Give It to Me, Freeze-Frame, Centerfold)

1947: Peter Strauss (actor: Peter Gunn, Rich Man Poor Man, The Yearling)

1948: Pierre Bouchard (hockey)

1949: Ivana Trump, Gottwaldov Cz, ex-wife of Donald Trump (1st Wives Club)

1949: Jennifer O'Neill (actress: The Summer of '42, Cover-Up, Rio Lobo)

1951: Edward Albert (actor: Mind Games, Butterflies Are Free, The Heist)

1954: Patty Hearst(Shaw)(publishing heiress; kidnapee; actress: Cry-Baby)

1955: Kelsey Grammer, Virgin Islands, actor (Fraiser Crane-Cheers/Fraiser)

1966: Cindy Crawford, model/actress Fair Game

1967: Lili Taylor, actress (Ransom, Short Cuts)

1979: Jennifer Love Hewitt, actress (Sarah Reeves-Party of Five)

Notable Deaths

1920: Robert E Peary, US pole explorer (North Pole, 6/4/1909), dies at 63

1972: famed columnist Walter Winchell dies.

1980: Alice Longworth Roosevelt, youngest daughter of Theodore, dies at 96

1993: Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian auto-designer (Miura), dies

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