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1939Netherlands recognizes Franco regime in Spain

1989UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls Star Wars a "deliberate fraud"

1976Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic

1835HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leave Valdivia Chile

1892"Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James (London)

200981st Academy Awards - "Slumdog Millionare," Sean Penn & Kate Winslet win

1962Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts

2009Heath Ledger, posthumously, wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Act for his performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight"

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

1980USA beats USSR in Olympic hockey 4-3, referred to as "Miracle on Ice". USA captain Mike Eruzione scores winning goal in 3rd period

1998"King & I," closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances

1942World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse

February 22nd Historical Events
Date Event
896
Pope Formosa crowned king Arnulf of Karinthie/French emperor 
1071
Battle of Cassel; Robert I the Frisian defeats Arnulf III/I 
1281
Simon de Brion elected Pope Martinus IV 
1288
Girolamo Masci elected Pope Nicolas IV 
1300
Pope Boniface VIII delegates degree 
1349
Jews are expelled from Zurich Switzerland 
1495
French King Charles VIII enters Naples to claim crown 
1561
William of Orange appointed viceroy of Burgundy/Charolais 
1630
Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving 
1632
Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published. 
1656
New Amsterdam granted a Jewish burial site 
1744
Battle at Toulon: English-French & Spanish fleet 
1746
French troops conquer Brussels 
1746
Jakobijnse troops vacate Aberdeen 
1774
British House of Lords rules authors do not have perpetual copyright 
1775
1st US joint stock company (to make cloth) offers shares at 10 cents 
1775
Jews expelled from outskirts of Warsaw Poland 
1784
1st US ship to trade with China, "Empress of China," sails from NY 
1797
The Last Invasion of Britain by the French, begins near Fishguard, Wales. 
1819
Spain renounces claims to Oregon Country, Florida (Adams-Onís Treaty) 
1821
Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million 
1825
Russia & Britain establish Alaska-Canada boundary 
1828
Russia & Persia sign Peace of Turkmantsjai 
1835
HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leave Valdivia Chile 
1836
Dutch garrison evacuates fort Du Bus New Guinea 
1847
Battle of Buena Vista: US troops beat Mexican army 
1854
1st meeting of Republican Party (Michigan) 
1856
1st national meeting of Republican Party (Pittsburgh) 
1858
Dion Boucicault's "Jessie Brown," premieres in NYC 
1860
Organized baseball played in SF for 1st time 
1860
Shoe-making workers of Lynn Ms, strike successfully for higher wages 
1861
On a bet Edward Weston leaves Boston to walk to Lincoln's inauguration 
1864
-27] Battle at Dalton Georgia 
1864
2nd/last day of Battle of Okolona, MS 
1864
Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Sparta) Tennessee 
1865
Battle of Wilmington, NC (Fort Anderson) occupied by Federals 
1865
Tennessee adopts a new constitution abolishing slavery 
1872
1st national convention of Prohibition Party (Columbus Ohio) 
1876
Johns Hopkins University opens 
1878
Greenback Labor Party forms (Toledo Ohio) 
1879
1st 5 cent & 10 cent store opened by Frank W Woolworth (Utica NY) 
1882
With 120 miles James Saunders wins NYC's 24 hour race & $100 prize 
1882
The Serbian kingdom is refounded. 
1887
Union Labor Party organized in Cincinnati 
1888
John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY) 
1889
US President Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana & Washington state to the union 
1892
"Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James (London) 
1892
Manitoba Rugby Football Union forms 
1898
Black postmaster lynched, his wife & 3 daughters shot in Lake City SC 
1900
Battle at Wynne's Hill, South-Africa (Boers vs British army) 
1900
Hawaii became a US territory 
1903
Due to drought the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water 
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. 
1904
The Hague Tribunal gives its decision in claims against Venezuela; it sets the sum to be paid by Venezuela and gives preferential treatment to the three powers that initiated the block - Britain, Germany, and Italy 
1906
Black evangelist William J Seymour arrives in LA Calif 
1907
1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London 
1907
Leonid N Andreyev's "Zhizn Cheloveka," premieres in St Petersburg 
1909
Great White Fleet, 1st US fleet to circle the globe, returns to Va 
1911
The Canadian Parliament resolves to maintain union with the British Empire, while controlling domestic fiscal affairs 
1912
J Vedrines makes 1st airplane flight over 100 mph-161.29 kph 
1913
Lowell HS, SF opens (on its 1st campus) 
1915
Germany begins "unrestricted" submarine war 
1916
The House-Grey Memorandum, drafted by US and Britain, states: 'Should the Allies accept [the American idea of a conference to end the war] and should Germany refuse it, the United States would "probably" enter the war against Germany' 
1917
German Navy torpedoes 7 Dutch ships 
1917
[NS Mar 7] Russian February Revolution begins with strike at Putilov factory in Petrograd 
1918
Germany claims Baltic states, Finland & Ukraine from Russia 
1920
1st artificial rabbit used at a dog race track (Emeryville California) 
1922
Congress authorizes Grant Memorial $1 gold coin 
1923
1st successful chinchilla farm in US (Los Angeles California) 
1923
Transcontinental airmail service begins 
1927
ARC soccer team forms in Alphen on the Rhine 
1927
Baruch Spinosa's house of mourning opened as a museum 
1928
1st solo England to Australia flight lands (Bert Hinkler) 
1932
Purple Heart award reinstituted 
1934
"It Happened One Night," opens at NY's Radio City Music Hall 
1935
Airplanes are no longer permitted to fly over the White House 
1936
Construction on Ypenburg Neth airport begins 
1939
Netherlands recognizes Franco regime in Spain 
1940
Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island 
1940
German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578 
1941
Arthur "Bomber" Harris becomes British Air Marshal 
1941
German assault on El Agheila Libya 
1941
IG Farben decides building Buna-Werke in Auschwitz Concentration Camp 
1941
Nazi SS begin rounding up Jews of Amsterdam 
1941
Paul Creston's 1st Symphony, premieres 
1941
Roy Harris' "Ballad of a Railroad Man," premieres 
1942
World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse 
1943
Members of White Rose are executed in Nazi Germany. 
1944
US 8th Air Force bombs Enschede, Arnhem & Nijmegen by mistake/800+ die 
1945
Arab League forms (Cairo) 
1945
British troops take Ramree Island, Burma 
1945
Canadian 3rd Division occupies Moyland 
1948
Arabs bomb attack in Jerusalem, 50 die 
1950
Brockway & Weinstock publish "Men of Music" (rev ed) 
1955
British aircraft carrier Ark Royal sets sail 
1956
1st British soccer match at Kunstlicht: Portsmouth vs Newcastle United 
1957
Jockey Ted Atkinson, 3,500th win 
1957
Walter O'Malley says Dodgers may play 10 exhibitions in California in 1958 
1958
"Portotino" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 3 performances 
1958
Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days 
1958
Egypt & Syria form United Arab Republic (UAR) 
1958
Indonesian air force bombs Padang, Sumatra/Menado, Celebes 
1959
1st Daytona 500 auto race-Lee Petty wins (135.521 MPH) 
1962
Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts 
1963
Beatles begin their own music publishing company (Northern Songs) 
1964
Beatles arrive back in England after their 1st US visit 
1965
USSR launches Kosmos 57 into earth orbit (Voskhod Test) 
1966
Soviets launch Kosmos 110 with Veterok & Ugolek, 1st 2-dog crew 
1967
Barbara Garson's "MacBird," premieres in NYC 
1967
Sling-shot goal post & 6' wide border around field are standard in NFL 
1967
25,000 US & S Vietnamese troops launch Operation Junction City against Viet Cong. Largest US airborne assult since WWII 
1968
Rock group Genesis release their 1st record "Silent Sun" 
1969
Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st female jockey to win at a major US track 
1970
"Charles Aznavour" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 23 perfs 
1971
Lt Gen Hafiz al-Assad becomes President of Syria 
1972
Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Amir & Prime Minister of Qatar 
1972
President Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai in Beijing 
1972
Aldershot bombing: seven people killed by an Official IRA car bomb at Aldershot Barracks in England; thought to be in retaliation for Bloody Sunday 
1972
The Official Irish Republican Army explodes a bomb at Aldershot military barracks, the headquarters of the Parachute Regiment, killing seven people 
1973
US & China agree to establish liaison offices in Beijing & Wash DC 
1974
Ethiopian police shoot at demonstrators 
1976
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic 
1978
2 tankers with propane gas explode killing 15 at Waverly, Tenn 
1979
Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's 
1979
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Primate & Cat Building is dedicated 
1979
St Lucia gains independence from Britain 
1980
Afghanistan declares martial law 
1980
USA beats USSR in Olympic hockey 4-3, referred to as "Miracle on Ice". USA captain Mike Eruzione scores winning goal in 3rd period 
1981
Amy Alcott wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic 
1982
NYC Mayor Koch announces he will run for NY governor (unsuccessful) 
1983
Harold Washington wins Chicago's Democratic mayoral primary 
1983
Hindus kill 3000 Moslems in Assam, India 
1983
Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 1500m free style swimming record 
1984
Brothers Anton & Peter Stastny score 8 pts each for NHL Quebec 
1986
Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines. 
1987
Bruno Marie-Rose runs world record 200m indoor (20.36 sec) 
1988
Bonnie Blair skates world record 500m (39.10 sec) 
1989
Fins ministry of Public health installs sex vacation to thwart stress 
1989
NY Lotto pays $26.9 million to one winner (#s are 1-5-12-19-44-50) 
1989
UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls Star Wars a "deliberate fraud" 
1989
US authors demonstrate against Iranian death treats against Salman Rushdee, author of "Satanic Rituals" 
1989
31st Grammy Awards: Don't Worry Be Happy, Faith, Tracy Chapman 
1989
1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award) 
1990
1st day India v NZ cricket at Auckland NZ 5-78 at lunch, 9-387 stumps 
1991
Bush & US Gulf War allies give Iraq 24 hrs to begin Kuwait withdrawal 
1991
Kelli McCarty, 21, (Kansas), crowned 40th Miss USA 
1991
Test Cricket debut of Sanath Jayasuriya, vs NZ at Hamilton 
1992
"Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" closes at Music Box NYC 
1992
Barry Diller resigns as CEO of Fox 
1992
Lisa Walters wins LPGA Itoki Hawaiian Ladies Open Golf Tournament 
1993
Vinod Kambli scores 224 v England at Bombay, 411 balls, 23 fours 
1994
"Les Miserables," opens at Chunichi Theatre, Nagoya 
1995
Algiers police kill at least 99 prison rioters 
1995
Steve Fossett completes 1st air balloon over Pacific Ocean (9600 km) 
1996
"Bus Stop" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances 
1996
STS 75 (Columbia 19), launches into orbit 
1997
Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open 
1998
"King & I," closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC after 781 performances 
1998
18th Winter Olympic games close at Nagano Japan 
2002
Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush. 
2005
19th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins 
2006
At least six men stage Britain's biggest robbery ever, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or 78€ million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent. 
2009
81st Academy Awards - "Slumdog Millionare," Sean Penn & Kate Winslet win 
2009
Heath Ledger, posthumously, wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Act for his performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight" 
2010
Taiwan's economy exits from the recession with 9.22% growth in the last quarter of 2009 after increased demand from China and other key markets in the region 
2011
An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people 
2012
Train crash in Buenos Aires, Argentina, kills 50 and injures hundreds 
2013
29 people are killed and 150 are injured by by 3 Syrian army missiles in Aleppo 
2013
13 Chadian soldiers and 65 Muslim insurgents are killed in conflict in Northern Mali 
2013
The UK's credit rating is downgraded from AAA to AA1 by Moody's Investors Service 
2013
The European Commission forecast for 2013 expects growth of 0.1% across the 27 members of the EU but a contraction of 0.3% in the Eurozone economy 
2013
In its National Economic Report of Bermuda for 2012, the Bermudan Ministry of Finance expects GDP will decline by 0% to 1.5% in 2013 but five years of recession will end with "modest growth in 2014" 
2013
The UK's AAA credit rating is downgraded by Moody's to AA+; the agency expects growth to "remain sluggish over the next few years" 
2014
Matteo Renzi becomes Prime Minister of Italy 
2014
Marit Bjørgen of Norway becomes the most successful female Winter Olympian with 10 medals 
2014
Ukrainian parliament votes to remove President Viktor Yanukovych from his position 
2017
UPS Tests Drones for Regular Deliveries in Rural Areas 
2017
Firebrand Milo quits Breitbart News after child sex remarks 
2017
Milo Yiannopoulos quits Breitbart News 
2017
British suicide bomber dies in attack on Iraqi forces in Mosul 
2017
US unveils sweeping orders to deport illegal immigrants 
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