It happened today – on this day in history – February 22

1512: Death of Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci.

1630: Native Amerian Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn at Thanksgiving.

1732: Birth of George Washington, first president of the US.

1797: The Last Invasion of Britain by the French, begins near Fishguard.

1821: Spain sells (east) Florida to the United States for $5 million.

1892: “Lady Windermere’s Fan” by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James Theatre, London.

1933: Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 272.46 mph driving his Bluebird car at Daytona Beach, Florida.

1967: The Beatles record the giant chord at the end of ‘A Day In The Life’ at EMI Studios in Abbey Road.

1972: The IRA bombs Aldershot military barracks, the headquarters of the British Parachute Regiment, killing seven people.

1979: St Lucia gains independence from Britain.

1980: Afghanistan declares martial law.

1983: Hindus kill 3000 Muslims in Assam, India.

1987: Artist Andy Warhol died of a heart attack after a gall bladder operation.

2006: At least six men stage Britain’s biggest ever robbery, stealing £53m from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.

2009: Heath Ledger posthumously wins Academy Award, Best Supporting Actor, for his performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight”.

2011: An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people.

BIRTHDAYS: Julie Walters, actress, 70; Nigel Planer, actor, 67; John Sparks, bassist (Dr Feelgood) 67; Kyle MacLachlan, actor, 61; Rachel Dratch, comedian/actress, 54; James Blunt (Blount) singer/songwriter, 46; Chris Moyles, broadcaster, 46; Drew Barrymore, actress, 45.

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Mick Ferris

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