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Daily Trivia Facts - February 22

Births

1040 - Rashi, French rabbi and commentator (d. 1105)
1403 - King Charles VII of France (d. 1461)
1440 - King Ladislaus Posthumus of Bohemia and Hungary (d. 1457)
1500 - Cardinal Rodolfo Pio da Carpi, Italian humanist (d. 1564)
1612 - George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, English statesman (d. 1677)
1705 - Peter Artedi, Swedish naturalist (d. 1735)
1714 - Louis-Georges de Bréquigny, French historian (d. 1795)
1732 (N.S.) - George Washington, first President of the United States, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. (d. 1799)
1778 - Rembrandt Peale, American artist (d. 1860)
1788 - Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (d. 1860)
1796 - Alexis Bachelot, French missionary (d. 1838)
1796 - Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet, Belgian mathematician (d. 1874)
1806 - Józef Kremer, Polish messianistic philosopher (d. 1875)
1817 - Carl Wilhelm Borchardt, German mathematician (d. 1880)
1819 - James Russell Lowell, American poet and essayist (d. 1891)
1825 - Jean Baptiste Salpointe, second Archbishop of Santa Fe (d. 1898)
1839 - Francis Pharcellus Church, American editor and publisher (d. 1906)
1840 - August Bebel, German politician (d. 1913)
1849 - Nikolay Yakovlevich Sonin, Russian mathematician (d. 1915)
1857 - Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, English founder of the Boy Scouts (d. 1941) (also of his wife - see 1889)
1857 - Heinrich Hertz, German physicist (d. 1894)
1878 - Walter Ritz, Swiss physicist (d. 1909)
1880 - Frigyes Riesz, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1956)
1882 - Eric Gill, British sculptor and writer (d. 1940)
1883 - Marguerite Clark, American silent film actress (d. 1940)
1886 - Hugo Ball, German author and poet (d. 1927)
1887 - Ksawery Tartakower, Polish chess player (d. 1956)
1889 - Lady Olave Baden-Powell, English Chief Girl Guide (d. 1977) (also of her husband - see 1857)
1892 - Edna St. Vincent Millay, American writer (d. 1950)
1897 - Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (d. 1947)
1899 - Dwight Frye, American actor (d. 1943)
1899 - George O'Hara, American actor (d. 1966)
1899 - Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (d. 1986)
1900 - Luis Buñuel, Spanish-born film director (d. 1983)
1902 - Fritz Strassmann, German physicist (d. 1980)
1903 - Morley Callaghan, Canadian writer (d. 1990)
1907 - Sheldon Leonard, American actor, writer, director, and producer (d. 1997)
1907 - Robert Young, American actor (d. 1998)
1908 - Sir John Mills, English actor (d. 2005)
1914 - Renato Dulbecco, Italian-born virologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
1918 - Sid Abel, Canadian hockey player (d. 2000)
1918 - Charlie Finley, American sports entrepreneur (d. 1996)
1918 - Don Pardo, American radio and television announcer
1918 - Robert Wadlow, tallest person in history (d. 1940)
1921 - Jean-Bédel Bokassa, ruler of the Central African Republic (d. 1996)
1921 - Wayne Booth, American literary critic (d. 2005)
1925 - Edward Gorey, American illustrator (d. 2000)
1926 - Kenneth Williams, English actor (d. 1988)
1926 - Bud Yorkin, American film director
1928 - Paul Dooley, American actor
1928 - Bruce Forsyth, British entertainer
1929 - Rebecca Schull, American actress
1930 - Marni Nixon, American singer
1932 - Ted Kennedy, U.S. senator from Massachusetts
1933 - Katharine, The Duchess of Kent
1934 - Sparky Anderson, American baseball manager
1936 - J. Michael Bishop, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
1938 - Ishmael Reed, American writer
1941 - Hipólito Mejía, President of the Dominican Republic
1944 - Jonathan Demme, American director
1944 - Robert Kardashian, American lawyer
1944 - Tom Okker, Dutch tennis player
1945 - Leslie Charleson, American actress
1949 - Niki Lauda, Austrian race car driver
1949 - Olga Morozova, Russian tennis player
1950 - Julius Erving, American basketball player
1950 - Ellen Greene, American actress
1950 - Miou-Miou, French actress
1950 - Julie Walters, English actress
1950 - Lenny Kuhr, Dutch singer and Eurovision Song Contest winner
1952 - Bill Frist, U.S. senator from Tennessee
1955 - Tim Young, Canadian ice hockey player
1959 - Kyle MacLachlan, American actor
1962 - Steve Irwin, Australian herpetologist and television personality
1963 - Vijay Singh, Fijian golfer
1965 - Pat LaFontaine, American ice hockey player
1966 - Rachel Dratch, American actress and comedienne
1966 - Brian Greig, Australian politician
1966 - Aiden Shaw, British pornographic actor
1967 - Alf Poier, Austrian comedian
1968 - Bradley Nowell, American musician and singer for Sublime (d. 1996)
1968 - Jeri Ryan, American actress
1969 - Byron Stroud, American bassist (Fear Factory)
1971 - Lea Salonga, Filipina actress and singer
1972 - Claudia Pechstein, German speed skater
1972 - Michael Chang, American tennis player
1974 - James Blunt, British musician
1974 - Chris Moyles, British DJ
1975 - Drew Barrymore, American actress
1976 - Faan Rautenbach, South African rugby player
1979 - Brett Emerton, Australian footballer
1982 - Jenna Haze, American pornographic actress
1986 - Miko Hughes, American actor
1989 - Anna Sundstrand, Swedish singer and model (Play)
1983 - Miro Demirbago, common person

Deaths

965 - Odo, Duke of Burgundy
1071 - Arnulf III, Count of Flanders (killed in battle)
1111 - Roger Borsa, King of Sicily
1371 - King David II of Scotland (b. 1324)
1512 - Amerigo Vespucci, Italian merchant and explorer (b. 1454)
1627 - Olivier van Noort, Dutch navigator (b. 1558)
1674 - Jean Chapelain, French writer (b. 1595)
1680 - Catherine Monvoisin, French sorceress
1690 - Charles Le Brun, French artist (b. 1619)
1727 - Francesco Gasparini, Italian composer (b. 1661)
1731 - Frederik Ruysch, Dutch physician and anatomist (b. 1638)
1732 - Francis Atterbury, English bishop and man of letters (b. 1663)
1742 - Charles Rivington, English publisher (b. 1688)
1797 - Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen, German officer and adventurer (b. 1720)
1799 - Heshen, infamous Qing Dynasty Chinese official at court
1816 - Adam Ferguson, Scottish philosopher and historian (b. 1723)
1875 - Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, French painter (b. 1796)
1875 - Sir Charles Lyell, Scottish geologist (b. 1797)
1890 - John Jacob Astor III, American businessman (b. 1822)
1890 - Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter (b. 1834)
1892 - Herman Koeckemann, German Catholic prelate (b. 1828)
1903 - Hugo Wolf, Austrian composer (b. 1860)
1913 - Ferdinand de Saussure, Swiss linguist (b. 1857)
1919 - Julia, Princess of Serbia (b. 1831)
1921 - Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1864)
1923 - Théophile Delcassé, French statesman (b. 1852)
1939 - Antonio Machado, Spanish poet (b. 1875)
1943 - Hans Scholl, German resistance fighter (b. 1918)
1943 - Sophie Scholl, German resistance fighter (b. 1921)
1945 - Osip Brik, Russian writer (d. 1888)
1961 - Nick LaRocca, American jazz musician (b. 1889)
1965 - Felix Frankfurter, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1882)
1968 - Peter Arno, American cartoonist (b. 1904)
1974 - Samuel Byck, American attempted assassin of Richard Nixon (b. 1939)
1976 - Angela Baddeley, English actress (b. 1904)
1976 - Florence Ballard, American singer (The Supremes) (b. 1943)
1980 - Oskar Kokoschka, Austrian artist (b. 1886)
1983 - Sir Adrian Boult, English conductor (b. 1889)
1984 - Jessamyn West, American writer (b. 1902)
1985 - Alexander Scourby, American actor (b. 1913)
1985 - Efrem Zimbalist, Russian violinist (b. 1889)
1987 - Andy Warhol, American artist, director, and writer (b. 1928)
1994 - Papa John Creach, American musician
1995 - Ed Flanders, American actor (b. 1934)
1997 - Joseph Aiuppa, American gangster (b. 1907)
1998 - Abraham Ribicoff, American politician (b. 1910)
2000 - Fernando Buesa, Spanish politician (b. 1946)
2002 - Chuck Jones, American animator (b. 1912)
2002 - Jonas Savimbi, Angolan rebel leader (b. 1934)
2004 - Roque Máspoli, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1917)
2004 - Andy Seminick, baseball player (b. 1920)
2005 - Zdzisław Beksiński, Polish artist (b. 1929)
2005 - Simone Simon, French actress (b. 1910)
2005 - Lee Eun Ju, Korean actress (b. 1980)

Events

1295 BC - The coronation of Ramses II, on whose face the sun's rays fall each year in Abu Simbel temple.
1281 - Martin IV becomes Pope.
1288 - Nicholas IV becomes Pope.
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 - 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 drive off 15,000 Mexican.
1855 - The Pennsylvania State University is founded.
1856 - The Republican Party opens its first national meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1865 - Tennessee adopts a new constitution that abolishes slavery.
1876 - Johns Hopkins University is founded in Baltimore, Maryland.
1879 - In Utica, New York, Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of 5 and 10-cent Woolworth stores.
1882 - Serbian kingdom refounded.
1889 - President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington as U.S. states.
1904 - UK recognises the South Orkney Islands as part of Argentina, in 1908 claims them again.
1915 - Germany institutes unrestricted submarine warfare.
1920 - In Emeryville, California, the first dog race track to employ an imitation rabbit opens.
1923 - The United States begins the first transcontinental air mail route.
1924 - Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President of the United States to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House.
1942 - World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defense collapses.
1943 - Members of White Rose are executed in Nazi Germany.
1944 - American aircraft bombard the Dutch towns of Nijmegen, Arnhem, Enschede and Deventer by mistake, resulting in 800 dead in Nijmegen alone.
1948 - Start of the Czechoslovak Revolution.
1949 - Grady the Cow, a 1,200-pound cow gets stuck inside a silo on a farm in Yukon, Oklahoma and garners national media attention.
1956 - Elvis Presley enters the music charts for the first time, with "Heartbreak Hotel".
1958 - Egypt and Syria join to form the United Arab Republic.
1959 - Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.
1969 - Barbara Jo Rubin wins a United States thoroughbred horse race making history as the first woman to do so.
1973 - Cold War: Following President Richard Nixon's visit to China, the United States and the People's Republic of China agree to establish liaison offices.
1974 - Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit conference starts in Lahore, Pakistan. Thirty-seven countries are attending. Twenty-two heads of state and government participate.
1979 - Independence of Saint Lucia from the United Kingdom.
1980 - The United States ice hockey team defeats the Soviet Union team at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in an upset dubbed the "Miracle on Ice".
1983 - Kamal Tiwari(the great chatter) was born
1994 - Aldrich Ames and his wife are charged by the United States Department of Justice with spying for the Soviet Union.
1997 - In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned.
2002 - A MH-47E Chinook helicopter crashes into the ocean near the Philippines, killing all 10 aboard.
2006 - Al Askari Mosque bombed.
2006 - Dushanbe synagogue demolished.
2006 - At least six men stage Britain's biggest ever robbery, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or €78 million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
2006 - The 1 Billionth song was downloaded on ITunes.

Holidays

United States - Washington's Birthday (traditionally).
Saint Lucia - independence (1979).
The Scouting movement celebrates this day as "B.-P. day" or "Founder's Day" as it is the shared birthday of the Scouts' founder Sir Robert Baden-Powell and his wife, Lady Olave Baden-Powell, the World Chief Guide.
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts celebrates this day as "Thinking Day" as it is the shared birthday of the Scouts' founder Sir Robert Baden-Powell, and his wife, Lady Olave Baden-Powell, the World Chief Guide.
Roman Catholic Church - Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter.
Blessed Saint Isabel of France (+1270)
Ash Wednesday in 2023.
     
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