spotlight Today in history: Feb. 21 Feb 21, 2020 Feb 21, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1964: U.S. Wheat In 1964, the first shipment of U.S. wheat purchased by the Soviet Union arrived in the port of Odessa. AP 1965: Malcolm X In 1965, black Muslim leader and civil rights activist Malcolm X, 39, was shot to death inside Harlem's Audubon Ballroom in New York by assassins identified as members of the Nation of Islam. (Three men were convicted of murder and imprisoned; all were eventually paroled.) AP 1972: President Richard Nixon In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon began his historic visit to China as he and his wife, Pat, arrived in Beijing. AP 1973: Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 In 1973, Israeli fighter planes shot down Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 over the Sinai Desert, killing all but five of the 113 people on board. AP 1975: Watergate In 1975, former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2 1/2 to 8 years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up (each ended up serving a year and a-half). AP 1992: Figure Skating In 1992, Kristi Yamaguchi (yah-mah-GOO'-chee) of the United States won the gold medal in ladies' figure skating at the Albertville (AL-buhr-vihl) Olympics; Midori Ito (mee-doh-ree ee-toh) of Japan won the silver, Nancy Kerrigan of the U.S., the bronze. AP 1995: Steve Fossett In 1995, Chicago adventurer Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean by balloon, landing in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada. APTV 2010: Bode Miller Ten years ago: Bode (BOH'-dee) Miller finally captured his elusive gold medal, winning the super-combined for his third medal in three events. AP 2010: United States Hockey Ten years ago: The United States stunned Canada 5-3 to advance to the Olympic men's hockey quarterfinals in Vancouver. AP 2013: Drew Peterson In 2013, Drew Peterson, the Chicago-area police officer who gained notoriety after his much-younger fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in 2007, was sentenced to 38 years in prison for murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio. AP 2015: Ash Carter Five years ago: U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made his international debut with a visit to Afghanistan to see American troops and commanders, meet with Afghan leaders and assess whether U.S. withdrawal plans were too risky to Afghan security. Reuters Pool 2015: Clark Terry Five years ago: Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, 94, died in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. AP 2015: Malcolm X Commemoration Five years ago: Activists, actors, and politicians gathered in New York City at the place where civil rights leader Malcolm X was shot to death 50 years earlier. AP 2018: Billy Graham In 2018, the Rev. Billy Graham, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died at his North Carolina home; he was 99. AP 2018: President Donald Trump In 2018, a week after the Florida school shooting, President Donald Trump met with teen survivors of school violence and parents of slain children; Trump promised to be "very strong on background checks" and suggested he supported letting some teachers and other school employees carry weapons. Carolyn Kaster 2019: North Carolina One year ago: North Carolina’s election board ordered a new election for the state’s last vacant congressional seat; Republican Mark Harris had dropped his bid to be declared the winner after conceding that his lead was tainted by evidence of ballot-tampering. (Republican Dan Bishop won a special election in September.) Pool The News & Observer 2019: Peter Tork One year ago: Peter Tork, who rose to teen-idol fame in the 1960s playing the lovably clueless bass guitarist in the made-for-television rock band The Monkees, died at the age of 77. AP 2019: Pope Francis One year ago: Opening the first-ever Vatican summit on preventing clergy sexual abuse, Pope Francis warned 190 bishops and religious superiors that their flocks were demanding concrete action to punish predator priests and keep children safe. AP 2019: Teachers One year ago: Teachers in Oakland, California, went on strike in the latest in a wave of teacher activism that had included walkouts in Denver, Los Angeles and West Virginia. 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