Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on February 22? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 22: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 22 is the 53rd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 312 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 9, 2017 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,795,360 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘pentacontatrigon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac 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 362 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,524 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 22 Historical Events

  • 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)
  • 1879
    In Utica, New York, Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of 5 and dime Woolworth stores.
  • 1944
    World War II: American aircraft mistakenly bomb the Dutch towns of Nijmegen, Arnhem, Enschede and Deventer, resulting in 800 dead in Nijmegen alone.
  • 1995
    The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified.

Who were born on February 22?

  • 1923
    Bleddyn Williams, Welsh rugby player (d. 2009)
  • 1949
    Niki Lauda, Austrian race car driver and entrepreneur
  • 1961
    Akira Takasaki, Japanese guitarist
  • 1973
    Claus Lundekvam, Norwegian footballer
  • 1982
    Shawntae Spencer, American football player

Who died on February 22?

  • 1875
    Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, French painter (b. 1796)
  • 1913
    Ferdinand de Saussure, Swiss linguist (b. 1857)
  • 1987
    Andy Warhol, American artist, director, and writer (b. 1928)
  • 2004
    Roque Máspoli, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1917)
  • 2007
    Samuel Hinga Norman, Sierra Leonean alleged war criminal (b. 1940)

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