February 21

February 22: This Date in History

George Washington was born on February 22

This Day In History February 22

George Washington was born on February 22

George Washington was born on February 22

American History

1856 – The Republican Party opens its first national gathering in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1862Jefferson Davis is inaugurated for a six-year term as the first (and only) President of the Confederate States of America in Richmond, Virginia.

1872 – The Prohibition Party holds its first national convention in Columbus, Ohio. The party nominates James Black as its presidential nominee.

1924-President Calvin Coolidge is the first President to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House.

Americans Born on February 22:

1732 – George Washington, American general and politician, 1st President of the United States (d. 1799). Washington’s birthday later becomes an American national holiday

1778 – Rembrandt Peale, American painter (d. 1860)

1892 – Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet and playwright (d. 1950)

1907 – Robert Young, American actor (d. 1998)- Best known as for acting in the TV shows Father Knows Best and Marcus Welby, M.D.

1932Edward “Ted” Kennedy, American politician, Senator, and candidate for the presidency. Brother to President John Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy (d. 2009)

1934George “Sparky” Anderson, American baseball player and manager (d. 2010)

1944Jonathan Demme, American director, producer, and screenwriter

1944Robert Kardashian, American lawyer (d. 2003)-Famous for defending OJ Simpson and as the father of celebrity Kim Kardashian

1947Richard North Patterson, American author

1950 – Julius Erving, American basketball player

1955David Axelrod, American political adviser to both President Bill Clinton and candidate Barack Obama

1968Jeri Ryan, American actress (Star Trek)

1972 – Michael Chang, American tennis player

1975 – Drew Barrymore, American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter




American Deaths on February 22

1890 – John Jacob Astor III, American businessman (b. 1822)

1965 – Felix Frankfurter, American Supreme Court Justice (b. 1882)

1987 – Andy Warhol, American painter and photographer (b. 1928)

1994 – Papa John Creach, American musician (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, and The Dinosaurs) (b. 1917)

2002 – Daniel Pearl, American journalist (b. 1963)-killed by terrorists in Pakistan

2007Dennis Johnson, American basketball player (b. 1954)

World History

1371 – Robert II becomes King of Scotland, beginning the Stuart dynasty.

1848 – The Revolution of 1848, begins in France. It would soon spread to many parts of Europe.

1948 – Communist revolution in Soviet-Occupied Czechoslovakia.

2011 – An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude hits the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 185 people


Military History

1847Mexican–American War: The Battle of Buena Vista takes place in Mexico.

1915World War I: Germany institutes unrestricted submarine warfare. This is important because this type of submarine warfare was a leading factor in the decision by the United States to enter World War One in 1917

2002 – Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush. The death of Savimbi allows the long-running Angolan Civil War to conclude


Famous February 22 Births:

1810 Frederick Chopin, Polish pianist and composer (d. 1849)

1943Horst Köhler, German politician, 9th President of Germany

1962 – Steve Irwin, Australian zoologist and television host (d. 2006)

1963Vijay Singh, Fijian professional golfer


Famous February 22 Deaths:

1797 – Baron Münchhausen, German military officer (b. 1720)

2002 – Jonas Savimbi, Angolan military leader, founded UNITA (b. 1934)


Sports History

1959 – Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500

1980 – In the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, the so-called “Miracle on Ice” occurs, in which the United States hockey team defeated the heavily favored Soviet hockey team by a score of 4-3

1992-Coach Don Nelson wins his 700th NBA coaching victory



Music History

1956 – Elvis Presley’s song “Heartbreak Hotel” entered the charts. This was the first time Elvis had a song on the music charts

1963- The Beatles song “Please Please Me“ becomes their first Number One hit in the UK. Also on February 22, 1963, the Beatles create their Northern Songs publishing company.

1978 – Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen were arrested in New York and charged with drug possession.

1993 – Radiohead released their first album, “Pablo Honey

1968 – Genesis released its first single, “The Silent Sun


Movies and Television History

1965 – Filming began for the Beatles’ second movie, “HELP!”, in the Bahamas.

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