What Happened on February 22

Historical Events

  • 303 1st official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued by Emperor Diocletian at Nicomedia, ordering all churches to be closed and scriptures burnt
  • 1632 Galileo's "Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems" is published
  • 1774 British House of Lords rules authors do not have perpetual copyright
  • 1797 The Last Invasion of Britain, launched by the French during the Revolutionary Wars, begins near Fishguard, Wales
  • 1825 Russia & Britain establish Alaska-Canada boundary
  • 1967 25,000 US and South Vietnamese troops launch Operation Junction City against the Viet Cong. Largest US airborne assault since WWII.
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Feb 22 in Film & TV

Feb 22 in Music

  • 2017 Jay-Z becomes 1st rapper to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Max Martin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

Feb 22 in Sport

  • 1888 “Father of American Golf” John Reid first demonstrates golf on a Yonkers cow pasture to friends

Did You Know?

Neanderthals, not humans, were the first artists on Earth, producing red cave paintings 65,000 years ago in Spain, according to new research published in "Science"

On February 22, 2018

Would You Believe?

1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London

On February 22, 1907

Famous Weddings

  • 1767 US Defector General Benedict Arnold (26) weds the daughter of the sheriff of New Haven Margaret Mansfield
  • 1941 Future CIA Director William J. Casey (27) weds Sophia Kurz
  • 1949 Future Portuguese President Mário Soares (24) weds actress Maria de Jesus Barroso (24) at the 3rd Conservatory of the Civil Register of Lisbon

Famous Divorces

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