Today is Wednesday, February 22. Here’s what I found interesting about what happened on February 22 throughout history…
1847 – Mexican-American War: The Battle of Buena Vista – 5,000 American troops defeat 15,000 Mexicans.
1862 – Jefferson Davis is officially inaugurated for a six-year term as the President of the Confederate States of America in Richmond, Virginia. He was previously inaugurated as a provisional president on February 18, 1861.
1872 – The Prohibition Party holds its first national convention in Columbus, Ohio, nominating James Black as its presidential nominee.
1879 – In Utica, New York, Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of 5 and dime Woolworth stores.
1889 – President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington as U.S. states.
1909 – The sixteen battleships of the Great White Fleet, led by Connecticut, return to the United States after a voyage around the world.
1915 – World War I: Germany institutes unrestricted submarine warfare.
1924 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House.
1942 – World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as the Japanese victory becomes inevitable.
1943 – World War II: Members of White Rose are executed in Nazi Germany.
1959 – Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.
1974 – Samuel Byck tries and fails to assassinate U.S. President Richard Nixon.
1980 – Miracle on Ice: In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3.
1994 – Aldrich Ames and his wife are charged by the United States Department of Justice with spying for the Soviet Union.
1995 – The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified.
1997 – In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly has been successfully cloned.
1732 – George Washington, First President of the United States (d. 1799)
1934 – Sparky Anderson, American baseball manager (d. 2010)
1950 – Julius Erving, American basketball player
1963 – Vijay Singh, Fijian golfer
1987 – Andy Warhol, American artist, director, and writer (b. 1928)
2002 – Chuck Jones, American cartoonist (b. 1912)