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’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

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

  • 1797
    The Last Invasion of Britain begins near Fishguard, Wales.
  • 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.
  • 1957
    Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam survives a communist shooting assassination attempt in Ban Me Thuot.
  • 1995
    The Corona reconnaissance satellite program, in existence from 1959 to 1972, is declassified.

Who were born on February 22?

  • 1895
    Victor Raúl Haya de la Torre, Peruvian politician (d. 1979)
  • 1918
    Charlie Finley, American sports entrepreneur (d. 1996)
  • 1940
    Chet Walker, American Basketball player
  • 1944
    Jonathan Demme, American director
  • 1948
    Dennis Awtrey, American basketball player

Who died on February 22?

  • 1742
    Charles Rivington, English publisher (b. 1688)
  • 1934
    Willem Kes, Dutch conductor (b. 1856)
  • 1987
    Andy Warhol, American artist, director, and writer (b. 1928)
  • 1989
    Moisés da Costa Amaral, East Timorese leader, UDT President in the exterior (b. 1938)
  • 2004
    Roque Máspoli, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1917)

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