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2/22/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - February 22
President Grover Cleveland
President Grover Cleveland

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Today in History in 1879 Frank W. Woolworth opened the first 5 cent and 10 cent store in Utica, New York; in 1889 President Cleveland signed a bill to admit the Dakotas, Montana and Washington state into the union; and in 1900 Hawaii became a U.S. territory.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1632 - Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published.
  • 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
  • 1797 - The Last Invasion of Britain by the French, begins near Fishguard, Wales.
  • 1825 - Russia & Britain establish Alaska-Canada boundary
  • 1879 - 1st 5 cent & 10 cent store opened by Frank W Woolworth (Utica NY)
  • 1889 - US President Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana & Washington state to the union
  • 1900 - Hawaii became a US territory
  • 1903 - Due to drought the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water
  • 1942 - World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse
  • 1967 - 25,000 US & South Vietnamese troops launch Operation Junction City against Viet Cong. Largest US airborne assault since WWII
  • 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
  • 2009 - Heath Ledger, posthumous, wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Act for his performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight"

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1732 - George Washington, Westmoreland, Virginia, 1st American president (1789-97)
  • 1906 - Gale Gordon, actor (Conklin-Our Miss Brooks, Here's Lucy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1907 - Robert Young, actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby MD), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1907 - Sheldon Leonard, actor/director (Danny Thomas Show, Big Eddie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1908 - John Mills, England, actor (Big Sleep, King Rat, War & Peace)
  • 1918 - Don Pardo, Westfield Mass, TV announcer (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live)
  • 1945 - Oliver, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, American pop singer (Good Morning Starshine, Jean)
  • 1950 - Ellen Greene, Brooklyn New York, American vocalist/actress (Little Shoppe of Horrors)
  • 1950 - Julius Erving, Nassau County New York, ABA/NBA forward (Virg Squirers, NY Nets, Phila 76ers)
  • 1962 - Steve Irwin, Melbourne Victoria, Australian naturalist and TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter)
  • 1963 - Pebbles Flintstone, fictional character on "The Flintstones"
  • 1969 - Clinton Kelly, American television personality
  • 1975 - Drew Barrymore, actress (ET, Firestarter, Poison Ivy), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Weddings

  • 1767 - US Defector General Benedict Arnold (26) weds the daughter of the sheriff of New Haven Margaret Mansfield
  • 1941 - CIA Director William Casey (27) weds Sophia Kurz
  • 1991 - Actor Bill Bixby (57) weds Laura Michael (32)
  • 1992 - Ed McMahon (69) weds Pamela Hurn (37)
  • 1997 - Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez (27) weds Ojani Noa on the grounds of a friend's Miami home

Famous Divorces

  • 1996 - Actress Halle Berry files for divorce from David Justice
  • 2008 - "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (40) divorces Rick Salomon (39) due to irreconcilable differences only 2 months after getting married

Famous Deaths

  • 1512 - Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer (America), dies at 60
  • 1832 - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer, dies at 82
  • 1875 - Charles Lyell, British geologist (Elements of Geology), dies at 77
  • 1958 - Michael Todd, film magnate, killed in an New Mexico air crash
  • 1987 - Andy Warhol, pop artist, dies of a heart attack at 58

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