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Births, Deaths, and Events for 22 February

About This Day

     This is day 53 of the year 2019.
     There are 312 days left to 2019.

Thought For The Day

     "Some rise by sin and some by virtue fall."



1403   Charles VII - king of France (1422-61), drove out English
1732   George Washington - Virginia, Father figure, 1st American President (1789-97)
1788   Arthur Schopenhauer - Germany, philosopher (Great Pessimist)
1819   James Russell Lowell - poet/critic/diplomat/abolitionist
1857   Heinrich Hertz - physicist, 1st to broadcast & receive radio waves
1891   "Chico" Marx - New York, NY, actor/comedian (Marx Brothers, Animal Crackers)
1892   Edna St. Vincent Millay - poet/writer/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize)
1895   Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre - founder (Peruvian Aprista Party)
1900   Luis Bruñel - Calanda, Spain, director (Tristana, Phantom of Liberty)
1907   Robert Young - Chicago, IL, actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby MD)
1907   Sheldon Leonard - New York NY, actor/director (Danny Thomas Show, Big Eddie)
1918   Don [Dominic G] Pardo - Westfield MA, TV announcer (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live)
1918   Robert Wadlow - Alton IL, tallest known human (2.72 m, 8' 11.1")
1929   Marni Nixon - singer (for Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood & Deborah Kerr)
1930   Allison Hayes - Washington, actress (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman)
1932   Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy - (Senator-D-MA, 1962- ), (Don't let him drive)
1932   Piper Laurie - Detroit, MI, actress (Days of Wine & Roses, Carrie)
1944   Jonathan Demme - Baldwin, NY, actor/director (Caged Heat, Swing Shift)
1950   Julie Walters - England, actress (Educating Rita, Prick Up Your Ears)
1959   Kyle MacLachlan - Yakima, WA, actor (Blue Velvet, Dune, Twin Peaks, The Hidden)
1968   Jeri Ryan - Munich, Germany, actress (7 of 9-Star Trek Voyager)
1971   Barry Smith - 100 meter/200 meter runner
1971   Lea Salonga - Manila Philippines, singer/actress (Miss Saigon)
1975   Drew Barrymore - Los Angeles, CA, actress (ET, Firestarter, Poison Ivy, Altered States)
1980   Andrea Mulford - Redwood City, CA - niece



1512   Amerigo Vespucci - Italian explorer (America), dies at 61
1959   Helen Parrish - actress (Hour Glass), dies of cancer at 36
1978   Phyllis McGinley - US poetess (Pulitzer 1961), dies at 72
1984   David - spent most of his life in a plastic bubble, dies at 12
1987   Andy Warhol - pop artist, dies from complications following gall bladder surgery at 58
1994   "Papa" John Creach - US jazz musician (Papa Blues), dies at 76
1998   Grandpa [Louis Marshall] Jones - country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 84
2002   Chuck Jones - Looney Tunes director/writer/producer, dies at 89 of congestive heart failure



   Be Humble Day
1630   Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving
1784   1st US ship to trade with China, "Empress of China", sails from New York
1821   Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million
1825   Russia and Britain establish Alaska-Canada boundary
1865   Tennessee adopts a new constitution abolishing slavery
1876   Johns Hopkins University opens
1879   1st 5¢ & 10¢ store opened by Frank W. Woolworth in Utica, NY
1882   With 120 miles James Saunders wins NYC's 24 hour race & $100 prize
1889   President Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana & Washington state
1900   Hawaii becomes a US territory
1903   Due to drought the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water
1906   Black evangelist William J Seymour arrives in Los Angeles CA
1907   1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London
1909   Great White Fleet, 1st US fleet to circle the globe, returns to Virginia
1920   1st artificial rabbit used at a dog race track (Emeryville, CA)
1932   Purple Heart award re-instituted
1933   Göring forms SA/SS-police, shoots 40-50 (just as an ice-breaker)
1935   Airplanes are no longer permitted to fly over the White House
1940   German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578 (oops)
1956   Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"
1966   Soviets launch Kosmos 110 with Veterok & Ugolek, 1st 2-dog crew
1967   25,000 US & South Vietnamese troops launched Operation Junction City, offensive to smash Viet Cong stronghold near Cambodian border
1968   Rock group Genesis release their 1st record "The Silent Sun"
1971   Lieutenant General Hafiz al-Assad becomes President of Syria
1973   Israeli fighter planes shoot down a civilian Libyan Arab Airlines Boeing 727 killing 108
1973   US & China agree to establish liaison offices in Beijing and Washington, D.C.
1989   UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls Star Wars a "deliberate fraud"
1989   US authors demonstrate against Iranian death threats against Salman Rushdee, author of Satanic Rituals
1991   Bush and US Gulf War allies give Iraq 24 hours to begin Kuwait withdrawal (they don't)
1995   Steve Fossett completes 1st air balloon over Pacific Ocean (9600 km)
1996   STS 75 (Columbia 19), launches into orbit



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