Today in History

Today is Tuesday, February 22, the 53rd day of 2022. There are 312 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On February 22, 2021, the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States exceeded 500,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

To this date :

In 1630, English settlers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony first sampled popcorn brought by a Native American named Quadequina for their Thanksgiving celebration.

In 1732 (New Style date), the first President of the United States, George Washington, was born in Westmoreland County in the Colony of Virginia.

In 1784, an American merchant ship, the Empress of China, left New York for the Far East to trade goods with China.

In 1935, it became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House.

In 1959, the inaugural Daytona 500 race was held; although Johnny Beauchamp was initially declared the winner, the victory was later awarded to Lee Petty.

In 1967, more than 25,000 American and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation Junction City, aimed at destroying a Vietcong stronghold near the Cambodian border. (Although the Communists were driven out, they later returned.)

In 1980, the “Miracle on Ice” took place in Lake Placid, New York, as the United States Olympic Hockey Team overthrew the Soviets, 4-3. (Team USA won the gold medal.)

In 1987, pop artist Andy Warhol died in a New York hospital at the age of 58.

In 1997, Scottish scientists announced that they had successfully cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named “Dolly”. (Dolly, however, was later abandoned after a short life marred by premature aging and disease.)

In 2010, Najibullah Zazi (nah-jee-BOO’-lah ZAH’-zee), accused of buying beauty products to make bombs for an attack on the New York City subway, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. (Zazi faced life in prison but spent nearly a decade after his arrest helping the United States identify and prosecute terrorists; he was sentenced to 10 years followed by release monitored.)

In 2016, the Charlotte, North Carolina City Council voted 7-4 to pass a new law allowing transgender people to choose public restrooms that match their gender identity.

In 2020, Bernie Sanders won a resounding victory in the Nevada presidential caucuses, cementing his status as a Democratic frontrunner.

Ten years ago: Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum traded accusations over health care, earmarked spending and federal bailouts during the 20th debate of the rollercoaster race for the Republican presidential nomination, held in Mesa, Arizona. Two Marine Corps helicopters collided over a remote section of the California desert during a nighttime exercise, killing seven Marines.

Five years ago: The Trump administration lifted federal guidelines that transgender students should be allowed to use public school restrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their chosen gender identity. Most opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline left their protest camp before the government’s deadline to leave federal territory. Shooting at bar in Olathe (oh-LAY’-thuh), Kansas, leaves one dead and two injured; Witnesses said a man shouted “Get out of my country” before opening fire on two Indian nationals who worked as engineers at GPS maker Garmin. (The shooter was sentenced to life in prison for murder, attempted murder and hate crimes.)

A year ago: In a significant defeat for former President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court refused to intervene to stop the transfer of his tax records to a New York State prosecutor. Dominion Voting Systems has filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against the founder and CEO of MyPillow, claiming that Mike Lindell falsely accused the company of rigging the 2020 presidential election; the company had filed similar lawsuits against Trump attorneys Rudolph Giuliani and Sidney Powell. State lawmakers have given final approval to a bill to end capital punishment in Virginia, a state that has executed more people in its history than any other. Poet, publisher and bookseller Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who helped launch and perpetuate the Beat movement, has died in San Francisco at the age of 101.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Paul Dooley turns 94. Actor James Hong is 93 years old. Actor John Ashton is 74 years old. The actor Miou-Miou is 72 years old. Actor Julie Walters is 72 years old. Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is 70. Former White House adviser David Axelrod is 67. Actor Kyle MacLachlan is 63 years old. World Golf Hall of Famer Vijay Singh is 59. 55. Actor Jeri Ryan is 54 years old. Actor Thomas Jane is 53 years old. Television host Clinton Kelly is 53 years old. Actor Tamara Mello is 52 years old. Actress-singer Lea Salonga (LAY’-uh suh-LONG’-guh) is 51 years old. Actor Jose Solano is 51 years old. International Tennis Hall of Famer Michael Chang is 50. Rock musician Scott Phillips is 49 years old. Singer James Blunt is 48 years old. Actor Drew Barrymore is 47 years old. Actor Liza Huber is 47 years old. Rock singer Tom Higgenson (Plain White T’s) is 43 years old. Rock musician Joe Hottinger (Halestorm) is 40 years old. Actor Zach Roerig is 37 years old.