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, 413,256 hours 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

  • 1371
    Robert II becomes King of Scotland, beginning the Stuart dynasty.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as the Japanese victory becomes inevitable.
  • 1957
    Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam survives a communist shooting assassination attempt in Ban Me Thuot.
  • 1958
    Egypt and Syria join to form the United Arab Republic.

Who were born on February 22?

  • 1918
    Charlie Finley, American sports entrepreneur (d. 1996)
  • 1940
    Billy Name, American photographer
  • 1944
    Tom Okker, Dutch tennis player
  • 1947
    Frank P. Tomasulo, American film professor and critic
  • 1969
    Brian Laudrup, Danish footballer

Who died on February 22?

  • 1942
    Stefan Zweig, Austrian writer (b. 1881)
  • 1956
    Alexandros Svolos, Greek legal expert and politician (b. 1892)
  • 2000
    Fernando Buesa, Spanish politician (b. 1946)
  • 2005
    Zdzisław Beksiński, Polish artist (b. 1929)
  • 2007
    Dennis Johnson, American basketball player (b. 1954)

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