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Today in History - February 22nd

Today in History - February 22nd

Today in History

February 22nd

705 - Empress Wu Zetian abdicates the throne, restoring the Tang dynasty.

1316 - Battle of Picotin between Ferdinand of Majorca and the forces of Matilda of Hainaut

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

1495 - King Charles VIII of France enters Naples to claim the city's throne.

1632 - Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published.

1651 - St. Peter's Flood: A storm surge floods the Frisian coast, drowning 15,000 people.

1744 - War of the Austrian Succession: The Battle of Toulon begins.

1797 - The Last Invasion of Britain begins near Fishguard, Wales.

1819 - By the Adams-Onís Treaty, Spain sells Florida to the United States for five million U.S. dollars.

1821 - Greek War of Independence: Alexander Ypsilantis crosses the Prut river at Sculeni into the Danubian Principalities.

1847 - Mexican-American War: The Battle of Buena Vista - 5,000 American troops defeat 15,000 Mexicans.

1848 - The French Revolution of 1848, which would lead to the establishment of the French Second Republic, begins.

1853 - Washington University in St. Louis is founded as Eliot Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.

1855 - The Pennsylvania State University is founded in State College, Pennsylvania (as the Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania)

1856 - The United States Republican Party opens its first national meeting in Pittsburghclarification needed.

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 - United States President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington as U.S. states.

1899 - Filipino forces led by General Antonio Luna launch counterattacks for the first time against the American forces during the Philippine-American War. The Filipinos fail to regain Manila from the Americans.

1904 - The United Kingdom sells a meteorological station on the South Orkney Islands to Argentina, the islands are subsequently claimed by the United Kingdom in 1908.

1909 - The sixteen battleships of the Great White Fleet, led by USS Connecticut, return to the United States after a voyage around the world.

1921 - After Russian forces under Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg drive the Chinese out, the Bogd Khan is reinstalled as the emperor of Mongolia.

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 the White Rose resistance, Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, and Christoph Probst are executed in Nazi Germany.

1944 - World War II: American aircraft mistakenly bomb the Dutch towns of Nijmegen, Arnhem, Enschede and Deventer, resulting in 800 dead in Nijmegen alone.

1944 - World War II: The Soviet Red Army recaptures Krivoi Rog.

1948 - Communist revolution in Czechoslovakia.

1957 - Ngô Đình Diệm of South Vietnam survives a communist shooting assassination attempt in Buôn Ma Thuột.

1958 - Egypt and Syria join to form the United Arab Republic.

1959 - Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.

1972 - The Official Irish Republican Army detonates a car bomb at Aldershot barracks, killing seven and injuring nineteen others.

1973 - Cold War: Following President Richard Nixon's visit to the People's Republic of China, the two countries agree to establish liaison offices.

1974 - The Organisation of the Islamic Conference summit begins in Lahore, Pakistan. Thirty-seven countries attend and twenty-two heads of state and government participate. It also recognizes Bangladesh.

1974 - Samuel Byck tries and fails to assassinate U.S. President Richard Nixon.

1979 - Independence of Saint Lucia from the United Kingdom.

1980 - Miracle on Ice: In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3.

1983 - The notorious Broadway flop Moose Murders opens and closes on the same night at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.

1986 - Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.

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.

2002 - Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush.

2006 - At least six men stage Britain's biggest robbery, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or €78 million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.

2011 - New Zealand's second deadliest earthquake strikes Christchurch, killing 185 people.

2011 - Bahraini uprising: Tens of thousands of people march in protest against the deaths of seven victims killed by police and army forces during previous protests.

2012 - A train crash in Buenos Aires, Argentina, kills 51 people and injures 700 others.

2014 - President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine is impeached by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by a vote of 328-0, fulfilling a major goal of the Euromaidan rebellion.

2015 - A ferry carrying 100 passengers capsizes in the Padma River, killing 70 people.

All above information obtained from Wikipedia.org


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