20 February 2024: This day in history

1792: US postal service created, postage 6-12 cents depending on distance

1872: New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art opens

1873: British Naval Officer John Moresby is the first European to discover Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, claims it for the United Kingdom

1938: UK Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigns, stating Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain has appeased Nazi Germany

1944: Battle of Eniwetok: US forces take Enewetak Atoll at the cost of 37 Americans killed or missing and 94 wounded, Japanese losses were 800 dead and 23 prisoners

1947: Earl Mountbatten of Burma is appointed the last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence

1962: John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7

Source: Onthisday.com

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