This Day in History - February 22

February 22

1349 – Jews are expelled from Zurich, Switzerland

1371 – Robert II succeeded to the throne of Scotland, beginning the Stuart dynasty

1403 – Charles VII, King of France, is born

1613 – Mikhail Romanov is elected Czar of Russia

1732 – George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of Continental forces during American Revolution and first US President, is born

1774 – The British House of Lords rule authors do not have perpetual copyright 

1777 – Revolutionary War leader and Georgia’s first Provisional Governor, Archibald Bulloch dies under “mysterious circumstances”

1778 – American painter Rembrandt Peale is born

1797 – The last invasion of Britain takes place when some 1,400 Frenchmen land at Fishguard in Wales

1819 – Spain signs a treaty with the US ceding Eastern Florida

1825 – Russia and Britain establish the Alaska/Canada boundary

1847 – The Battle of Buena Vista begins during the Mexican-American War

1857 – Founder of Boy Scout Movement, Lord Robert Baden-Powell is born

1857 – German physicist Heinrich Hertz is born

1862 – Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as president of the Confederacy for the second time

1864 – Nathan Bedford Forrest’s brother, Jeffrey, is killed at Okolona, Mississippi

1865 – Federal troops capture Wilmington, NC

1875 – French painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot dies

1879 – Frank Winfield Woolworth’s ‘nothing over five cents’ shop opens in Utica, New York and is the first chain store

1892 – Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay is born

1900 – Irish writer Sean O’Faolain is born

1900 – Spanish director and producer Luis Bunuel is born

1902 – A fistfight breaks out in the Senate between Benjamin Tillman and John McLaurin over the Philippine tariff issue

1909 – The Great White Fleet returns to Norfolk, Virginia from its world showing of naval power

1911 – Canadian Parliament votes to preserve the union with the British Empire

1917 – Sergeant Benito Mussolini is wounded in an accidental explosion by a mortar bomb in World War I

1918 – The Montana legislature passes a Sedition Law that severely restricted freedom of speech and assembly

1920 – The American Relief Administration appeals to the public to pressure Congress in aiding the starving European cities

1924 – Columbia University declares radio education a success

1925 – American writer and illustrator Edward Gorey is born

1926 – Pope Pius rejects Mussolini’s offer to aid the Vatican

1932 – Adolf Hitler becomes the Nazi Party’s candidate for the presidential elections in Germany

1932 – Senator and brother of John F Kennedy, Edward Kennedy is born

1935 – All plane flights over the White House are barred because they are disturbing President Roosevelt’s sleep

1942 – President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur to leave the Philippines

1943 – German activist Sophie Scholl dies

1944 – Director Jonathan Demme is born

1946 – George Kennan sends a telegram to the State Department detailing his views on the Soviet Union and US policy toward them

1948 – Czechoslovakia becomes a communist state

1951 – The Atomic Energy Commission discloses information about the first Atom-powered airplane

1952 – French forces evacuate Hoa Binh in Indochina

1954 – The US announces its intention of installing 60 Thor nuclear missiles in Britain

1958 – Indian activist and politician Abul Kalam Azad dies

1959 – Lee Petty beats Johnny Beauchamp in a photo finish at the brand new Daytona International Speedway in Florida and wins the first-ever Daytona 500

1962 – A Soviet bid for new Geneva arms talks is turned down by the US

1963 – Moscow warns the US than an attack on Cuba would mean war

1967 – Operation Junction City becomes the largest US operation in Vietnam

1967 – General Haji Mohammad Suharto takes control of all executive authority from Indonesian President Sukarno, even though Sukarno retains the title of president

1975 – Actress Drew Barrymore is born

1980 – In one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history, the US hockey team beats the four-time gold-medal winning hockey team 4-3, and goes on to beat Finland 4-2 for the gold medal

1983 – English conductor Adrian Boult dies

1984 – Britain and the US send warships to the Persian Gulf

1986 – The People Power Revolution begins in the Philippines, prompted by the fall of President Ferdinand Marcos

1987 – Artist Andy Warhol dies

1998 – Seven tornadoes in central Florida kill 42

2006 – A gang of six men steals £53 million from the Securitas bank depot in Kent, Great Britain…the largest in British history and to this day, nobody has been convicted

2011 – 185 are killed in an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand

2014 – Head of the Sinaloa cartel, the world’s biggest drug-trafficking organization, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, is arrested in a joint US-Mexican operation in Mazatlan, Mexico.  He had escaped from Mexican prison in 2001 and is now held in a prison outside Mexico City


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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