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February 20

1998 American figure skater Tara Lipinski won the Olympic gold medal in figure skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics, and remains the youngest individual gold medalist in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.

1962 While aboard the Mercury-Atlas spacecraft Friendship 7, American astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes.

1935 Caroline Mikkelsen, wife of a Norwegian whaling captain, was the first woman to set foot in Antarctica, when her expedition landed at the Vestfold Hills. A mountain in Antarctica is named for her.

1898 Italian race car driver and entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari was born in Modena. In 1929 he founded the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, and later the Ferrari car manufacturer.

1759 German physician, physiologist, anatomist and psychiatrist Johann Christian Reil was born. He was the first to coin the term psychiatry (Psychiatrie in German) in 1808.

1547 Edward VI was crowned King of England at the age of nine. He was England’s first ruler who was raised as a Protestant.

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