Today's Holidays for February 22
Feast Day of the Chair of Peter a liturgical expression of the belief in the episcopacy and hierarchy of the Catholic Church.
Today's History Trivia for February 22
1956 The Conqueror Starring John Wayne as Genghis Khan, the film has been called the worst film of the 50's. It premiers in the U.S. It also starred Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, and Pedro Armendáriz. Shot downwind of an above-ground nuclear test site, it has been blamed for the cancer deaths of its stars and many of the rest of the cast and crew.
1990 Milli Vinilli The duo wins the Best New Artist Grammy for their album Girl You Know It's True. The Grammy was later revoked when it was discovered that they didn't perform on the album.
1989 First Grammy Award for Rap D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Jeff Townes and Will Smith) win for Parents Just Don't Understand.
1983 Dioxin Pollution TheU.S. announces that it will buy out property owners in dioxin-tainted Times Beach, Missouri.
1943 USS Iowa The battleship is commissioned. In 1943 it became the only U.S. Navy ship with a bathtub; which was installed to accommodate Pres. Roosevelt who would have had difficultly using a shower.
1879 Frank W. Woolworth opens his first store, in Utica, New York. All the merchandise was priced at 5¢. It failed almost immediately, so he found a new location and tried again.
1856 First national meeting of the Republican Party is held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1819 Florida Purchase Treaty signed, the U.S. acquires Florida from Spain.
1630 Popcorn The settlers get their first taste of the treat, a gift from the Indian Quadequina.
Today's Birthdays for February 22
1975 Drew Barrymore American actress. Film: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982, Gertie).
1962 Steve Irwin d. 2006 (Stephen Robert Irwin), Australian naturalist, wildlife expert. TV: The Crocodile Hunter (1996-2006, title role). Film: The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002). He died after being fatally pierced in the heart by a stingray barb off Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. He was filming a shallow-water segment for the docuentary Ocean's Deadliest.
1950 Julius Erving American Basketball Hall of Famer.
1932 Edward M. Kennedy d. 2009 American politician, U.S. Senator (D. Massachusetts 1962-2009). He was a proponent of modern American liberalism. In 1969, he drove his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, resulting in the death of passenger Mary Jo Kopechne.
1921 Giulietta Masina d. 1994 (Guilia Anna Masina), Italian actress, wife of Fellini. Film: La Strada (1954, Gelsomina) Nights of Cabiria (1956, Cannes Best Actress, as the prostitute).
1918 Robert Pershing Wadlow d. 1940 American giant, the world's tallest person: 8 ft. 11½ in. Source: Guinness Book of World Records
1918 Alfred J. Gross d. 2000 Canadian-born inventor. He invented the walkie-talkie (1939) and the pager (1949) and laid the groundwork for cordless and cellular phones. While visiting Gross' workshop, Chester Gould was inspired to give Dick Tracy his 2-way wristwatch.
1907 Robert Young d. 1998 American actor. TV: Father Knows Best (Jim Anderson) and Marcus Welby, M.D. (title role).
1891 Clarence Elmer Mitchell d. 1963 American baseball player. He is the only person to have hit into a unassisted triple play in a World Series game (1920).
1857 Sir Robert Baden-Powell d. 1941 British major general, founder of the Boy Scouts (1908) and the Girl Guides (1910).
1839 Francis Pharcellus Church d. 1906 American editor, author of Is There a Santa Clause? (1897).
1810 Frederic Francois Chopin d. 1849 Polish composer, pianist.
Deaths for February 22
2002 Chuck Jones b. 1912 (Charles M. Jones), American animator, helped create Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Speedy Gonzalez, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Pepé LePew, Porky Pig, and Tweetie Pie. Cartoons: One Froggy Evening (1955, with the reluctant singing frog), What's Opera Doc? (1957, voted #1 greatest cartoon of all time), and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966).
1995 Ed Flanders b. 1934 American Emmy-winning actor. TV: St. Elsewhere (Dr. Westphall).
1987 David Susskind b. 1920 American Emmy-winning TV producer and talk show host, known for his controversial guests.
1987 Andy Warhol b. 1927 American pop artist, filmmaker, famous for his silk-screen images of Campbell's soup cans and celebrities and for movies such as Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (1975).
1984 Bubble Boy b. 1971 (David Vetter). He spent most of his life inside a protective bubble due to a severe immune deficiency. The film The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976, starring John Travolta) was inspired by the lives of he and Ted DeVita, who lived most of his life in a sterile hospital room.
1977 George Winthrop "Dixie" Fish b. 1895 American urologist, Olympic Gold Medal Rugby player (1920). His anecdotes about his medical training were the inspiration for the Dr. Kildare books and 1960s TV series.
1925 Sir Thomas Clifford Allbut b. 1836 English physician, inventor of the short clinical thermometer (1866).
1900 Dan Rice b. 1823 (Daniel McLaren), American clown. He worked for P.T. Barnum and later started his own circus. He ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. president and was the model for the early Uncle Sam portraits.
1897 Charles Blondin b. 1824 (Jean Francois Gravelet), French acrobat, aerialist. He was the first to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope (1859). A crowd of over 100,000 people watched. He also crossed it other times blindfolded, pushing a wheelbarrow, carrying a man on his back, and on stilts.
1810 Charles Brockden Brown b. 1771 American novelist, "The father of the American novel." Writings: Wieland (1798) and Ormond (1799).
1512 Amerigo Vespucci b. 1451 Italian explorer. For whom America is named, and one of the first to recognize North and South America as new continents.
1371 David II b. 1324 King of Scotland (1329-71).
606 Sabinian b. ???? religious leader, 65th Pope (604-606).