spotlight Today In History, Feb. 6: Winter Olympic Games Feb 6, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Wednesday, Feb. 6.Today's Highlight in History: 1968: Winter Olympic Games In 1968, the Winter Olympic Games were opened in Grenoble, France, by French President Charles de Gaulle. AP 1911: Ronald Reagan On Feb. 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was born in Tampico, Illinois. AP 1933: 20th Amendment In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the so-called "lame duck" amendment, was proclaimed in effect by Secretary of State Henry Stimson. AP 1952: King George VI In 1952, Britain's King George VI, 56, died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as monarch by his 25-year-old elder daughter, who became Queen Elizabeth II. AP 1991: Danny Thomas In 1991, comedian and television performer Danny Thomas died in Los Angeles at age 79. AP 1993: Arthur Ashe In 1993, tennis Hall of Famer and human rights advocate Arthur Ashe died in New York at age 49. AP 1998: Falco In 1998, pop music star Falco, who had a 1986 hit with "Rock Me Amadeus," died in a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic; he was 40. AP 1998: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. AP 2000: Hillary Clinton In 2000, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton launched her successful candidacy for the U.S. Senate. AP 2003: "Living With Michael Jackson" In 2003, ABC's "20/20" aired a British documentary, "Living With Michael Jackson," in which the King of Pop revealed he sometimes let children sleep in his bed. AP 2003: George W. Bush In 2003, Edging closer to war, President George W. Bush declared "the game is over" for Saddam Hussein and urged skeptical allies to join in disarming Iraq. AP 2008: Shaquille O'Neal In 2008, The Phoenix Suns acquired Shaquille O'Neal in a stunning blockbuster deal that sent four-time All-Star Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to the Miami Heat. AP 2008: Waterboarding In 2008, the Bush White House defended the use of the interrogation technique known as waterboarding, saying it was legal — not torture as critics argued — and had saved American lives. AP 2009: Barack Obama Recovery Plan Ten years ago: Key senators and the White House reached tentative agreement on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama's recovery plan. AP 2009: James Whitmore Ten years ago: Death claimed actors James Whitmore at age 87. AP 2009: Peanut Corp. of America Ten years ago: Federal health officials said Peanut Corp. of America, a Georgia peanut processor, had knowingly shipped salmonella-laced products as far back as 2007. AP 2014: Jay Leno Five years ago: Jay Leno said goodbye to NBC's "The Tonight Show" for the second time, making way for Jimmy Fallon to take over as host. AP 2014: John Boehner Five years ago: House Speaker John Boehner all but ruled out passage of immigration legislation before the fall elections. AP 2014: Ralph Kiner Five years ago: Baseball Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, 91, died in Rancho Mirage, California. AP 2018: Poland Holocaust Law One year ago: Poland's president signed legislation making it a crime to blame Poland for Holocaust crimes committed by Nazi Germany. AP 2018: SpaceX One year ago: SpaceX's big new rocket blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on its first test flight, carrying a red sports car on a route that would take it to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. AP 2018: Steve Wynn One year ago: Casino mogul Steve Wynn resigned as chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts amid sexual misconduct allegations. 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