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

1835HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leave Valdivia Chile

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

1939Netherlands recognizes Franco regime in Spain

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

1962Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts

1976Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic

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

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

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

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

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

On This Day In History
Date Event
Feb 22, 896
Pope Formosa crowned king Arnulf of Karinthie/French emperor 
Feb 22, 1071
Battle of Cassel; Robert I the Frisian defeats Arnulf III/I 
Feb 22, 1281
Simon de Brion elected Pope Martinus IV 
Feb 22, 1288
Girolamo Masci elected Pope Nicolas IV 
Feb 22, 1300
Pope Boniface VIII delegates degree 
Feb 22, 1349
Jews are expelled from Zurich Switzerland 
Feb 22, 1495
French King Charles VIII enters Naples to claim crown 
Feb 22, 1561
William of Orange appointed viceroy of Burgundy/Charolais 
Feb 22, 1630
Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving 
Feb 22, 1632
Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published. 
Feb 22, 1656
New Amsterdam granted a Jewish burial site 
Feb 22, 1744
Battle at Toulon: English-French & Spanish fleet 
Feb 22, 1746
French troops conquer Brussels 
Feb 22, 1746
Jakobijnse troops vacate Aberdeen 
Feb 22, 1774
British House of Lords rules authors do not have perpetual copyright 
Feb 22, 1775
1st US joint stock company (to make cloth) offers shares at 10 cents 
Feb 22, 1775
Jews expelled from outskirts of Warsaw Poland 
Feb 22, 1784
1st US ship to trade with China, "Empress of China," sails from NY 
Feb 22, 1797
The Last Invasion of Britain by the French, begins near Fishguard, Wales. 
Feb 22, 1819
Spain renounces claims to Oregon Country, Florida (Adams-Onís Treaty) 
Feb 22, 1821
Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million 
Feb 22, 1825
Russia & Britain establish Alaska-Canada boundary 
Feb 22, 1828
Russia & Persia sign Peace of Turkmantsjai 
Feb 22, 1835
HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leave Valdivia Chile 
Feb 22, 1836
Dutch garrison evacuates fort Du Bus New Guinea 
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