About February 22

February 22, 2021 is the 53rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 312 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Pisces is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 344 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 22

  • 1495
    King Charles VIII of France enters Naples to claim the city’s throne.
  • 1632
    Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published.
  • 1744
    War of the Austrian Succession: The Battle of Toulon begins.
  • 1819
    By the Adams-Onís Treaty, Spain sells Florida to the United States for five million U.S. dollars.
  • 1847
    Mexican-American War: The Battle of Buena Vista – 5,000 American troops defeat 15,000 Mexicans.
  • 1853
    Washington University in St. Louis is founded as Eliot Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1856
    The Republican Party opens its first national meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • 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.
  • 1872
    The Prohibition Party holds its first national convention in Columbus, Ohio, nominating James Black as its presidential nominee.
  • 1879
    In Utica, New York, Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of 5 and dime Woolworth stores.
  • 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.
  • 1924
    U.S. President Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House.
  • 1944
    World War II: American aircraft mistakenly bomb the Dutch towns of Nijmegen, Arnhem, Enschede and Deventer, resulting in 800 dead in Nijmegen alone.
  • 1948
    Communist revolution in Czechoslovakia.
  • 1959
    Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.
  • 1974
    Samuel Byck tries and fails to assassinate U.S. President Richard Nixon.
  • 1974
    The 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.
  • 1979
    Independence of Saint Lucia from the United Kingdom.
  • 1995
    The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified.
  • 2002
    Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush.

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