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Notable Historical Events for February 22nd

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

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

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

1962Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts

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

1976Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic

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

February 22nd Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on February 22nd

1972Michael Chang, Hoboken New Jersey, tennis star (1989 French Open)

1962Steve Irwin, Melbourne Victoria, Australian naturalist and TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter)

1965Pat LaFontaine, St Louis Missouri, NHL center (NY Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, NY Rangers)

1732George Washington, Westmoreland, Virginia, 1st American president (1789-97)

1975Drew Barrymore, Los Angeles California, actress (ET, Firestarter, Poison Ivy)

1934Sparky Anderson [George Lee Anderson], Bridgewater South Dakota, American MLB manager (Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers)

February 22nd Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on February 22nd

1991Actor Bill Bixby (57) weds Laura Michael (32)

1767US Defector General Benedict Arnold (26) weds the daughter of the sheriff of New Haven Margaret Mansfield

1997Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez (27) weds Ojani Noa on the grounds of a friend's Miami home

1941CIA Director William Casey (27) weds Sophia Kurz

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February 22nd Divorces
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Notable Deaths on February 22nd

1987Andy Warhol, pop artist, dies of a heart attack at 58

1832Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer, dies at 82

February 22nd Deaths
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