Today in history 2-13-2021


U.S. Force Major Charles ?Chuck? Yeager, left, and Miss Jacqueline Cochran, winners of this year?s Harmon International Aviation Awards as the world?s outstanding aviator and aviatrix, shown, July 4, 1954. Maj. Yeager was honored for his piloting the X-1A rocket-powered experimental aircraft to a speed of more than 1,600 miles per hour; Miss Cochran for becoming the first woman ever to break through the sound barrier and for many speed records. (AP Photo)

By The Associated Press

Today in History

Today is Saturday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2021. There are 321 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Feb. 13, 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the U.S. Supreme Court, was found dead at a private residence in the Big Bend area of West Texas; he was 79. During a Republican presidential debate that evening in South Carolina, the candidates, with the exception of Jeb Bush, insisted that President Barack Obama should let his successor nominate Scalia’s replacement. (Obama nominated Merrick Garland; Senate Republicans refused to advance the nomination, which expired the following January.)

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