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Wednesday 22 February 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Events

  • 1994 – Aldrich Ames and his wife are charged by the United States Department of Justice with spying for the Soviet Union.
  • 1980 – Miracle on Ice: In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4–3.
  • 1959 – Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500.
  • 1944 – World War II: American aircraft mistakenly bomb the Dutch towns of Nijmegen, Arnhem, Enschede and Deventer, resulting in 800 dead in Nijmegen alone.
  • 1924 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President to deliver a radio address from the White House.
  • 1909 – The sixteen battleships of the Great White Fleet, led by USS Connecticut, return to the United States after a voyage around the world.
  • 1907 – Robert Baden-Powell made the first scouting camp in Brownsea, England.
  • 1899 – Filipino forces led by General Antonio Luna launch counterattacks for the first time against the American forces during the Philippine–American War. The Filipinos fail to regain Manila from the Americans.
  • 1879 – In Utica, New York, Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of five-and-dime Woolworth stores.
  • 1872 – The Prohibition Party holds its first national convention in Columbus, Ohio, nominating James Black as its presidential nominee.
  • 1856 – The United States Republican Party opens its first national convention in Pittsburgh.
  • 1855 – The Pennsylvania State University is founded in State College, Pennsylvania (as the Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania).
  • 1853 – Washington University in St. Louis is founded as Eliot Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1847 – Mexican–American War: The Battle of Buena Vista: Five thousand American troops defeat 15,000 Mexicans troops.
  • 1819 – By the Adams–Onís Treaty, Spain sells Florida to the United States for five million U.S. dollars.

Births

  • 1986 – Rajon Rondo, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Shamari Fears, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1978 – Gus Sorola, American actor and podcast host
  • 1975 – Drew Barrymore, American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1973 – Scott Phillips, American drummer and producer
  • 1972 – Michael Chang, American tennis player and coach
  • 1969 – Clinton Kelly, American fashion consultant and television host
  • 1969 – Thomas Jane, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1968 – Bradley Nowell, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1996)
  • 1968 – Jayson Williams, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1968 – Jeri Ryan, American model and actress
  • 1966 – Rachel Dratch, American actress and comedian
  • 1965 – Chris Dudley, American basketball player and politician
  • 1965 – Pat LaFontaine, American ice hockey player
  • 1964 – Ed Boon, American video game designer, co-created Mortal Kombat
  • 1963 – Vijay Singh, Fijian-American golfer
  • 1959 – Kyle MacLachlan, American actor
  • 1958 – Dave Spitz, American bass player and songwriter
  • 1956 – Hugh Hewitt, American lawyer, academic, and radio host
  • 1955 – David Axelrod, American journalist and political adviser
  • 1952 – Albert Bryant, Jr., American general
  • 1952 – Bill Frist, American physician and politician
  • 1952 – Cyrinda Foxe, American model and actress (d. 2002)
  • 1952 – Wayne Levi, American golfer
  • 1951 – Ellen Greene, American singer and actress
  • 1950 – Julius Erving, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1947 – Harvey Mason, American drummer
  • 1945 – Oliver, American pop singer (d. 2000)
  • 1944 – Christopher Meyer, English diplomat, British Ambassador to the United States
  • 1944 – Jonathan Demme, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2017)
  • 1944 – Robert Kardashian, American lawyer and businessman (d. 2003)
  • 1940 – Chet Walker, American basketball player
  • 1938 – Ishmael Reed, American poet, novelist, essayist
  • 1938 – Steve Barber, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • 1937 – Joanna Russ, American author and activist (d. 2011)
  • 1937 – Tommy Aaron, American golfer
  • 1936 – J. Michael Bishop, American microbiologist and immunologist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1934 – Sparky Anderson, American baseball player and manager (d. 2010)
  • 1933 – Ernie K-Doe, American R&B singer (d. 2001)
  • 1932 – Ted Kennedy, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 2009)
  • 1930 – Marni Nixon, American soprano and actress (d. 2016)
  • 1929 – James Hong, American actor and director
  • 1929 – Rebecca Schull, American stage, film, and television actress
  • 1928 – Clarence 13X, American religious leader, founded the Nation of Gods and Earths (d. 1969)
  • 1928 – Paul Dooley, American actor
  • 1928 – Texas Johnny Brown, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Guy Mitchell, American singer (d. 1999)
  • 1925 – Edward Gorey, American illustrator and poet (d. 2000)
  • 1925 – Gerald Stern, American poet and academic
  • 1922 – Joe Wilder, American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (d. 2014)
  • 1922 – Marshall Teague, American race car driver (d. 1959)
  • 1918 – Don Pardo, American radio and television announcer (d. 2014)
  • 1918 – Sid Abel, Canadian-American ice hockey player, coach, and manager (d. 2000)
  • 1917 – Reed Crandall, American illustrator (d. 1982)
  • 1915 – Gus Lesnevich, American boxer (d. 1964)
  • 1914 – Renato Dulbecco, Italian-American virologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2012)
  • 1907 – Robert Young, American actor (d. 1998)
  • 1907 – Sheldon Leonard, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1997)
  • 1899 – George O'Hara, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1966)
  • 1892 – Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet and playwright (d. 1950)
  • 1889 – Olave Baden-Powell, English scout leader, founded the Girl Guides (d. 1977)
  • 1888 – Owen Brewster, American captain and politician, 54th Governor of Maine (d. 1961)
  • 1883 – Marguerite Clark, American actress (d. 1940)
  • 1881 – Joseph B. Ely, American lawyer and politician, 52nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1956)
  • 1876 – Zitkala-Sa, American author and activist (d. 1938)
  • 1874 – Bill Klem, American baseball player and umpire (d. 1951)
  • 1863 – Charles McLean Andrews, American historian, author, and academic (d. 1943)
  • 1857 – Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, English general, co-founded The Scout Association (d. 1941)
  • 1825 – Jean-Baptiste Salpointe, French-American archbishop (d. 1898)
  • 1819 – James Russell Lowell, American poet and critic (d. 1891)
  • 1778 – Rembrandt Peale, American painter and curator (d. 1860)
  • 1732 – George Washington, American general and politician, 1st President of the United States (d. 1799)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Sonny James, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1928)
  • 2016 – Yolande Fox, American model and singer, Miss America 1951 (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Leo Vroman, Dutch-American hematologist, poet, and illustrator (b. 1915)
  • 2014 – Trebor Jay Tichenor, American pianist and composer (b. 1940)
  • 2012 – Marie Colvin, American journalist (b. 1956)
  • 2007 – Dennis Johnson, American basketball player and coach (b. 1954)
  • 2004 – Andy Seminick, American baseball player, coach, and manager (b. 1920)
  • 2002 – Chuck Jones, American animator, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1912)
  • 2002 – Jonas Savimbi, Angolan general, founded UNITA (b. 1934)
  • 1999 – William Bronk, American poet and academic (b. 1918)
  • 1998 – Abraham A. Ribicoff, American lawyer and politician, 4th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (b. 1910)
  • 1997 – Joseph Aiuppa, American gangster (b. 1907)
  • 1995 – Ed Flanders, American actor (b. 1934)
  • 1994 – Papa John Creach, American violinist (b. 1917)
  • 1987 – Andy Warhol, American painter and photographer (b. 1928)
  • 1987 – David Susskind, American talk show host and producer (b. 1920)
  • 1976 – Florence Ballard, American singer (b. 1943)
  • 1973 – Winthrop Rockefeller, American colonel and politician, 37th Governor of Arkansas (b. 1912)
  • 1965 – Felix Frankfurter, Austrian-American lawyer and jurist (b. 1882)
  • 1961 – Nick LaRocca, American trumpet player and composer (b. 1889)
  • 1890 – John Jacob Astor III, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1822)
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