On this day: February 20

POSTED: 7:12 PM Feb 19 2013   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Feb 20 2016

The Post Office is born, World War II gets its first flying ace, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, and a fire at a Great White concert leaves 100 dead, all on this day.

OTD February 20 - Hunter S Thompson
1 / 44
MDCarchives/Wikimedia Commons

2005: Journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson, who became a countercultural figure known for his own brand of reporting he termed "Gonzo" journalism, dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at the age of 67 in Woody Creek, Colorado. Thompson is best known for his work for Rolling Stone magazine and the books "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream" and "Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs." He was also well known for his eccentric behavior, lifelong use of alcohol and illegal drugs and his love of firearms.

Popular now on WCYB.com

Around The Watercooler

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg holds 'Star Wars' 'team meeting'

Mark Zuckerberg didn't want to miss out on any "Star Wars" Day celebrations, so the Facebook founder held a "team meeting" with several characters from the popular movies.

Zeier box

'Box of blood' found in Wisconsin street

A box of human blood found on a Wisconsin street turned out to be blood donated to the Red Cross.

Qantas

Disturbing Wi-Fi hot spot name delays flight

Airliners and anything referencing "detonation devices" don't mix.

Kangaroo head

Australian police save kangaroo from eagle

An officer with the Western Australia Police rescued a kangaroo who had been snatched by an eagle and carried away, according to the Western Australia Police Facebook page.

monkeys at Alpha Genesis

19 monkeys escape from South Carolina lab

These lab monkeys apparently didn't need the help of animal rights activists to escape their confines.

advertisement

Email Sign-Up

advertisement