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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for February 22nd

  • Year 705 » Empress Wu Zetian abdicates the throne, restoring the Tang Dynasty.
  • Year 1316 » Battle of Picotin between Ferdinand of Majorca and the forces of Matilda of Hainaut
  • Year 1371 » Robert II of Scotland called Robert II becomes King of Scotland, beginning the House of Stuart or Stuart dynasty.
  • Year 1744 » War of the Austrian Succession: The Battle of Toulon, 1744 e.g Battle of Toulon begins.
  • Year 1797 » The Last Invasion of Britain begins near Fishguard, Wales.
  • Year 1819 » By the Adams–Onís Treaty, Spain History of Florida named sells Florida to the United States for five million U.S. dollars.
  • Year 1821 » Greek War of Independence: Alexander Ypsilantis crosses the Prut river at Sculeni into the Danubian Principalities.
  • Year 1847 » Mexican–American War: The Battle of Buena Vista 5,000 American troops defeat 15,000 Mexico e.g Mexicans.
  • Year 1848 » The French Revolution of 1848, which would lead to the establishment of the French Second Republic, begins.
  • Year 1853 » Washington University in St. Louis is founded as Eliot Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Year 1856 » The United States Republican Party named Republican Party opens its first national meeting in Pittsburgh.
  • Year 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.
  • Year 1872 » The Prohibition Party holds its first national convention in Columbus, Ohio, nominating James Black (prohibitionist) named James Black as its presidential nominee.
  • Year 1879 » In Utica, New York, Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of 5 and dime F.W. Woolworth Company named Woolworth stores.
  • Year 1889 » United States President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington (state) called Washington as U.S. states.
  • Year 1899 » Philippine Revolutionary Army called Filipino forces led by General Antonio Luna Second Battle of Caloocan or launch counterattacks for the first time against the American forces during the Philippine–American War. The Filipinos fail to regain Manila from
  • Year 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.
  • Year 1909 » The sixteen battleships of the Great White Fleet, led by USS Connecticut BB-18 6, return to the United States after a voyage around the world.
  • Year 1915 » World War I: Germany institutes unrestricted submarine warfare.
  • Year 1921 » After Russian forces under Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg drive the Chinese out, the Bogd Khan is reinstalled as the khan (title) called emperor of Mongolia.
  • Year 1924 » U.S. President Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House.
  • Year 1942 » World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as the Japanese victory becomes inevitable.
  • Year 1943 » World War II: Members of the White Rose resistance, Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, and Christoph Probst are executed in Nazi Germany.
  • Year 1944 » World War II: American aircraft mistakenly bomb the Dutch towns of Nijmegen, Arnhem, Enschede and Deventer, resulting in 800 dead in Nijmegen alone.
  • Year 1948 » Communism or Communist revolution in Czechoslovakia.
  • Year 1957 » Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam survives a Vietcong e.g communist shooting assassination attempt in Ban Me Thuot.
  • Year 1958 » Egypt and Syria join to form the United Arab Republic.
  • Year 1959 » Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.
  • Year 1972 » The Official Irish Republican Army detonates a car bomb at Aldershot barracks, killing seven and injuring nineteen others.
  • Year 1974 » The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation called 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.
  • Year 1974 » Samuel Byck tries and fails to assassinate U.S. President Richard Nixon.
  • Year 1979 » Independence of Saint Lucia from the United Kingdom.
  • Year 1980 » Miracle on Ice: In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4–3.
  • Year 1986 » Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
  • Year 1994 » Aldrich Ames and his wife are charged by the United States Department of Justice with spying for the Soviet Union.
  • Year 1995 » The Corona (satellite) named Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified.
  • Year 1997 » In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly the sheep called Dolly has been successfully cloning named cloned.
  • Year 2002 » Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush.
  • Year 2011 » Bahraini uprising (2011–present) named Bahraini uprising: Tens of thousands of people March of loyalty to martyrs named march in protest against the deaths of seven victims killed by police and army forces during previous protests.
  • Year 2012 » A 2012 Buenos Aires rail disaster known as train crash in Buenos Aires, Argentina, kills 51 people and injures 700 others.
  • Year 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.

World History for the Month of February