Famous birthdays, deaths and events of February 22
1040 - Rashi, French rabbi (d. 1105) 1403 - Charles VII of France, (d. 1461) 1440 - Ladislaus Posthumus of Bohemia and Hungary, (d. 1457) 1500 - Cardinal Rodolfo Pio da Carpi, Italian humanist (d. 1564) 1705 - Peter Artedi, Swedish naturalist (d. 1735) 1796 - Alexis Bachelot, French missionary (d. 1837) 1810 - Frédéric Chopin, Polish-French composer and pianist (d. 1849) 1819 - James Russell Lowell, American poet and essayist (d. 1891) 1857 - Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell 1864 - Jules Renard, French author (d. 1910) 1874 - Bill Klem, American baseball umpire (d. 1951) 1883 - Marguerite Clark, American actress (d. 1940) 1886 - Hugo Ball, German author and poet (d. 1927) 1887 - Ksawery Tartakower, Polish chess player (d. 1956) 1892 - Edna St. Vincent Millay, American writer (d. 1950) 1899 - Dwight Frye, American actor (d. 1943) 1899 - George O'Hara, American actor (d. 1966) 1900 - Luis Buñuel, Spanish-born film director (d. 1983) 1900 - Seán Ó Faoláin, Irish author (d. 1991) 1903 - Morley Callaghan, Canadian writer (d. 1990) 1903 - Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (d. 1969) 1903 - Robert Weede, American baritone (d. 1972) 1907 - Sheldon Leonard, American actor (d. 1997) 1907 - Robert Young, American actor (d. 1998) 1908 - Sir John Mills, English actor (d. 2005) 1911 - Bill Baker, American baseball player (d. 2006) 1914 - Renato Dulbecco, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate 1917 - Jane Bowles, American playwright (d. 1973) 1918 - Sid Abel, Canadian hockey player (d. 2000) 1918 - Don Pardo, American radio and television announcer 1918 - Robert Wadlow, American tallest ever-human (d. 1940) 1921 - Wayne Booth, American literary critic (d. 2005) 1921 - David Greene, British television director (d. 2003) 1921 - Giulietta Masina, Italian actress (d. 1994) 1922 - Jesús Iglesias, Argentine racing driver (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 1929 - James Hong, American actor 1929 - Rebecca Schull, American actress 1930 - Marni Nixon, American singer 1933 - Katharine, Duchess of Kent 1933 - Bobby Smith, English footballer 1936 - J. Michael Bishop, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate 1936 - Ernie K-Doe, American singer (d. 2001) 1938 - Steve Barber, American baseball player (d. 2007) 1938 - Ishmael Reed, American writer 1942 - Christine Keeler, English model and showgirl 1943 - Terry Eagleton, British theorist 1944 - Jonathan Demme, American director 1944 - Tom Okker, Dutch tennis player 1945 - Leslie Charleson, American actress 1945 - Oliver, American singer (d. 2000) 1947 - Carol Burns, Australian actress 1948 - John Ashton, American actor 1949 - Olga Morozova, Russian tennis player 1950 - Julius Erving, American basketball player 1950 - Ellen Greene, American actress 1950 - Lenny Kuhr, Dutch singer 1950 - Miou-Miou, French actress 1950 - Genesis P-Orridge, English musician and performer 1950 - Julie Walters, English actress 1953 - Graham Lewis, English musician (Wire) 1953 - Nigel Planer, British actor 1955 - Tim Young, Canadian ice hockey player 1959 - Kyle MacLachlan, American actor 1961 - Akira Takasaki, Japanese guitarist 1962 - Steve Irwin, Australian herpetologist (d. 2006) 1962 - Lenda Murray, American bodybuilder 1962 - Les Wallace, Scottish darts player 1963 - Vijay Singh, Fijian golfer 1964 - Gigi Fernandez, Puerto Rican tennis player 1965 - Pat Lafontaine, American ice hockey player 1965 - Chris Dudley, American basketball player 1966 - Rachel Dratch, American actress and comedienne 1966 - Thorsten Kaye,Daytime actor and poet, 1966 - Aiden Shaw, English pornographic actor 1967 - Alf Poier, Austrian comedian 1968 - Jayson Williams, American basketball player 1968 - Bradley Nowell, American musician (d. 1996) 1968 - Jeri Ryan, American actress 1968 - Elna Reinach, South African tennis player 1969 - Thomas Jane, American actor 1969 - Joaquín Cortés, Spanish dancer 1969 - Hans Klok, Dutch illusionist 1969 - Brian Laudrup, Danish footballer 1969 - Byron Stroud, American bassist 1969 - Clinton Kelly, American television personality 1970 - Dominic Roussel, Canadian ice hockey player 1971 - Lea Salonga, Filipina actress and singer 1972 - Michael Chang, American tennis player 1972 - Claudia Pechstein, German speed skater 1973 - Juninho Paulista, Brazilian footballer 1973 - Claus Lundekvam, Norwegian footballer 1973 - Einar Kristian Tveitå, Norwegian athlete 1974 - James Blunt, English musician 1974 - Chris Moyles, English DJ 1975 - Drew Barrymore, American actress 1976 - Faan Rautenbach, South African rugby player 1977 - Timo Rose, German filmmaker 1977 - Hakan Yakin, Swiss footballer 1979 - Brett Emerton, Australian footballer 1979 - Lee Na-young, South Korean actress 1981 - Fredson Camara, Brazilian footballer 1982 - Jenna Haze, American pornographic actress 1982 - Robert Weiner, Jr. 1984 - Venetian Princess Internet, (You tube) Star 1985 - Hameur Bouazza, Algerian footballer 1986 - Miko Hughes, American actor 1986 - Rajon Rondo, American basketball player 1988 - Kevin Borlée, Belgian athlete 1988 - Przemysław Kazimierczak, Polish footballer
1071 - Arnulf III, Count of Flanders (killed in battle) (b. c.1055) 1627 - Olivier van Noort, Dutch navigator (b. 1558) 1674 - Jean Chapelain, French writer (b. 1595) 1680 - Catherine Monvoisin, French sorceress (b. c.1640) 1727 - Francesco Gasparini, Italian composer (b. 1661) 1742 - Charles Rivington, English publisher (b. 1688) 1799 - Heshen, infamous Qing Dynasty Chinese official at court (b. 1750) 1892 - Herman Koeckemann, German Catholic prelate (b. 1828) 1903 - Hugo Wolf, Austrian composer (b. 1860) 1904 - Leslie Stephen, English writer and critic (b. 1832) 1913 - Ferdinand de Saussure, Swiss linguist (b. 1857) 1921 - Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1864) 1939 - Antonio Machado, Spanish poet (b. 1875) 1942 - Stefan Zweig, Austrian writer (b. 1881) 1945 - Osip Brik, Russian writer (b. 1888) 1961 - Nick LaRocca, American jazz musician (b. 1889) 1965 - Felix Frankfurter, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1882) 1973 - Katina Paxinou, Greek actress (b. 1900) 1974 - Samuel Byck, American attempted assassin of Richard Nixon (b. 1930) 1976 - Angela Baddeley, English actress (b. 1904) 1976 - Florence Ballard, American singer (The Supremes) (b. 1943) 1982 - Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan (b. 1898) 1983 - Romain Maes, Belgian cyclist (b. 1913) 1984 - Jessamyn West, American writer (b. 1902) 1985 - Salvador Espriu, Spanish poet (b. 1913) 1985 - Alexander Scourby, American actor (b. 1913) 1985 - Efrem Zimbalist, Russian violinist (b. 1889) 1994 - Papa John Creach, American musician (b. 1917) 1995 - Ed Flanders, American actor (b. 1934) 1997 - Joseph Aiuppa, American gangster (b. 1907) 1999 - Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (b. 1964) 2003 - Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (b. 1913) 2004 - Roque Máspoli, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1917) 2004 - Andy Seminick, American baseball player (b. 1920) 2005 - Simone Simon, French actress (b. 1910) 2005 - Lee Eun Ju, Korean actress (b. 1980) 2006 - Anthony Burger, American musician and singer (b. 1961) 2007 - Dennis Johnson, American basketball player (b. 1954) 2007 - Howard Verne Ramsey, oldest U.S. veteran of WWI (b. 1898) 2009 - Howard Zieff, 81, American film director (Private Benjamin), complications from Parkinson's disease. 2009 - Derrell Palmer, 86, American football player (Cleveland Browns), natural causes. 2009 - Ida Gomes, 85, Polish-born Brazilian actress, dubber of Bette Davis, pneumonia. 2009 - Rafael dos Anjos Duarte, 25, Brazilian race walker, drowned.
1632 - Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published. 1744 - War of the Austrian Succession: The Battle of Toulon begins. 1797 - Last Invasion of Britain: 1797 The Last Invasion of Britain by the French, begins near Fishguard, Wales. 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 1856 - The Republican Party opens its first national meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 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. 1879 - In Utica, New York, Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of 5 and 10-cent Woolworth stores. 1882 - The Serbian kingdom is refounded. 1889 - President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington as U.S. states. 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. 1915 - World War I: Germany institutes unrestricted submarine warfare. 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 defenses 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 - Communist coup in Czechoslovakia. 1958 - Egypt and Syria join to form the United Arab Republic. 1959 - Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500. 1973 - Cold War: Following United States President Richard Nixon's visit to the People's Republic of China, the two countries agree to establish liaison offices. 1974 - Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit conference starts in Lahore, Pakistan. Thirty-seven countries are attending. Twenty-two heads of state and government participate. It also recognized Bangladesh. 1974 - Samuel Byck tries and fails to assassinate U.S. President Richard Nixon. 1979 - Independence of Saint Lucia from the United Kingdom. 1980 - Miracle on Ice: In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3, in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history. 1986 - Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines. 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 - Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush. 2006 - At least six men stage Britain's biggest robbery ever, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or 78€ million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.