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February 22: This Day That Year

February 22

- 1512 - Amerigo Vespucci, Italian merchant, explorer, and navigator (names America and Americas are derived from his name) died (age 60).

- 1732 - Birthday: George Washington, 1st President of the United States (1789-97) born in Westmoreland, Virginia.

- 1746 - French troops conquered Brussels.

- 1775 - Poland: Jews expelled from outskirts of Warsaw.

- 1825 - Russia & Britain established Alaska-Canada boundary.

- 1917 - German Navy torpedoed 7 Dutch ships.

- 1918 - Birthday: Alfred J. Gross (inventor of the walkie-talkie) born in Toronto, Ontario.

- 1935 - US: Airplanes are no longer permitted to fly over the White House (Washington D.C.).

- 1944 - World War II: Operation Wikinger - US Army Air Forces accidentally bombed Dutch town of Nijmegen, 800+ people died.

- 1948 - Arabs bomb attacks in Jerusalem killed 50+ people.

- 1962 - Birthday: Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist & TV personality born in Melbourne, Victoria.

- 1980 - Afghanistan declared martial law

- 1983 - India: Nellie massacre - Hindu extremists killed 3000+ Muslims in Assam.

- 1997 - Dolly the Sheep (world's first cloned mammal from an adult cell) introduced by the Roslin Institute in Scotland.

- 2006 - England: 6 men robbed £53m from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.

- 2011 - New Zealand: An earthquake (6.3 in magnitude) hit Christchurch, killed 181 people.

- 2012 - Argentina: Train crash in Buenos Aires, killed 50+ people.

- 2013 - Syria: 30+ people killed by 3 Syrian army missiles in Aleppo.

- 2013 - Mali: 13 Chadian soldiers and 65 Muslim insurgents killed in a conflict in Northern Mali.

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