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

  • 1797
    The Last Invasion of Britain begins near Fishguard, Wales.
  • 1909
    The sixteen battleships of the Great White Fleet, led by USS Connecticut, return to the United States after a voyage around the world.
  • 1958
    Egypt and Syria join to form the United Arab Republic.
  • 1983
    The notorious Broadway flop Moose Murders opens and closes on the same night at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
  • 1986
    Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.

Who were born on February 22?

  • 1440
    Ladislaus Posthumus of Bohemia and Hungary (d. 1457)
  • 1881
    Albin Prepeluh, Slovenian author and politician (d. 1937)
  • 1960
    Charles Cullen, American serial killer
  • 1982
    Robert Weiner, Jr., American water polo player
  • 1986
    Rajon Rondo, American basketball player

Who died on February 22?

  • 1111
    Roger Borsa, King of Sicily
  • 1627
    Olivier van Noort, Dutch navigator (b. 1558)
  • 1976
    Angela Baddeley, English actress (b. 1904)
  • 1984
    David Vetter, The Boy in the Bubble (b. 1971)
  • 1998
    Abraham Ribicoff, American politician (b. 1910)

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