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This Day in History – February 22

This Day In History1775—1st US joint stock company (to make cloth) offers shares at 10 cents.

1784—1st US ship to trade with China, “Empress of China,” sails from NY.
1821—Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million.
1854—1st meeting of Republican Party (Michigan)
1860—Organized baseball played in San Francisco for 1st time.
1860—Shoe-making workers of Lynn, Ms, strike successfully for higher wages.
1865—Battle of Wilmington, NC (Fort Anderson) occupied by Federals.
1876—John Hopkins University opens.
1879—1st 5 cent & 10 cent store opened by Frank W. Woolworth (Utica, NY)
1889—US President Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana & Washington state to the union.
1900—Hawaii became a US territory.
1909—Great White Fleet, 1st US fleet to circle the globe, returns to Virginia.
1922—Congress authorizes Grant Memorial $1 gold coin.
1932—Purple Heart award reinstituted.
1935—Airplanes are no longer permitted to fly over the White House.
1941—Roy Harris’ “Ballard of a Railroad Man” premieres.
1942—World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse.
1959—1st Daytona 500 auto race-Lee Petty wins (135.521 MPH)
1967—Sling-shot goal post & 6′ wide border around field are standard in NFL.
1978—2 tankers with propane gas explode killing 15 at Waverly, Tenn.
1982—NYC Mayor Koch announces he will run for NY governor (unsuccessful)
1989—NY Lotto pays $26.9 million to one winner (#s are 1-5-12-19-44-50)
1997—Dolly the sheep, world’s first cloned mammal (from an adult cell) existence announced by the Roslin Institute in Scotland.
2005—19th Soap Opera Digest Awards–General Hospital wins.
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