About February 22

February 22, 2024 is the 53rd day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 313 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 342 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 22

  • 1371
    Robert II becomes King of Scotland, beginning the Stuart dynasty.
  • 1853
    Washington University in St. Louis is founded as Eliot Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1855
    The Pennsylvania State University is founded in State College, Pennsylvania (as the Farmers’ High School of 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.
  • 1882
    The Serbian kingdom is refounded.
  • 1889
    President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington as U.S. states.
  • 1915
    World War I: Germany institutes unrestricted submarine warfare.
  • 1942
    World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as the Japanese victory becomes inevitable.
  • 1943
    World War II: Members of White Rose are executed in Nazi Germany.
  • 1948
    Communist revolution in Czechoslovakia.
  • 1958
    Egypt and Syria join to form the United Arab Republic.
  • 1959
    Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.
  • 1972
    The Official Irish Republican Army detonates a car bomb at Aldershot barracks, killing seven and injuring nineteen others.
  • 1973
    Cold War: Following President Richard Nixon’s visit to the People’s Republic of China, the two countries agree to establish liaison offices.
  • 1974
    Samuel Byck tries and fails to assassinate U.S. President Richard Nixon.
  • 1980
    Miracle on Ice: In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3.
  • 1986
    Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
  • 1994
    Aldrich Ames and his wife are charged by the United States Department of Justice with spying for the Soviet Union.
  • 1995
    The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified.

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