Today In History

February 22
1371
Robert II succeeded to the throne of Scotland, beginning the Stuart dynasty.

1819
Spain ceded Florida to the United States.

1879
Frank Winfield Woolworth opened his first “Five Cent Store” in Utica, New York.

1924
Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.

1935
Airplanes were no longer permitted to fly over the White House.

1980
In a major upset, the U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets 4–3 at Lake Placid, N.Y.

Birthdays

George Washington
First American President (1732)

Arthur Schopenhauer
philosopher (1788)

James Russell Lowell
poet, critic, and editor (1819)

Edna St. Vincent Millay
poet (1892)

Edward Kennedy
U.S. Senator (1932)

Jonathan Demme
director, producer, screenwriter (1944)

Julius Erving
basketball player (1950)

Drew Barrymore
actress (1975)

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