Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - Feb. 22

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - Feb. 22

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Today in History - Feb. 22

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Today in History for Feb. 22:

On this date:

In 1630, colonists in America got their first taste of popcorn.

In 1732, George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born. He died in 1799.

In 1819, Spain ceded Florida to the United States.

In 1851, the newspaper "The Bytown Packet" changed its name to "The Ottawa Citizen."

In 1857, the founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Lord Baden-Powell, was born in Britain. He died in 1941.

In 1879, Frank Winfield Woolworth opened a five-cent store in Utica, N.Y. The store failed. A few months later, he opened a five-and-dime store in Lancaster, Pa. -- the first in an international chain.

In 1886, the "Times of London" became the first British newspaper to include a personals column on its classified page.

In 1903, author Morley Callaghan was born in Toronto. He died Aug. 25, 1990.

In 1924, U.S. President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first radio broadcast from the White House as he addressed the country over 42 stations.

In 1934, Frank Capra's romantic comedy "It Happened One Night," starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, opened at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

In 1954, American evangelist Billy Graham began a three-month crusade in London. He filled an 11,000-seat arena every night of his tour and was mobbed by crowds wherever he went. More than two million attended the meetings.

In 1959, the inaugural Daytona 500 race was held in Daytona Beach, Fla. Although Johnny Beauchamp was initially declared the winner, the victory was later awarded to Lee Petty.

In 1969, Barbara Jo Rubin became the first female jockey to win a race at an American thoroughbred track when she rode "Cohesian" to a neck victory over "Reely Beeg" in the ninth race at Charles Town in West Virginia.

In 1976, Joe Clark was elected the federal Conservative leader by defeating, among others, Brian Mulroney. His party defeated Pierre Trudeau's Liberals in May, 1979 and formed a minority government, making Clark, then 40, Canada's youngest-ever prime minister, and the first native westerner to hold the post. His government was defeated in the Commons six months later and he lost the February, 1980 election to the Liberals. Clark remained Tory leader until being deposed by Mulroney in 1983, but became leader again in 1998, before stepping down in mid-2003.

In 1977, in the first speech by a Canadian prime minister to the U.S. Congress, Pierre Trudeau said Canada would remain united despite Quebec's bid for separation.

In 1980, martial law was declared in Afghanistan.

In 1980, one of the greatest upsets in hockey history took place at the Lake Placid Olympics. Known as "The Miracle on Ice," the United States shocked the heavily-favoured Soviet Union 4-3 in a medal-round game. The seventh-seeded Americans went on to beat Finland 4-2 two days later to claim only their second Olympic hockey title. …

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