1847: Over fifteen thousand Mexican troops are defeated by five thousand American forces at the Battle of Buena Vista during the Mexican American War.
1848: The French Revolution of 1848 begins on this day.
1853: Eliot Seminary is established in St. Louis, Missouri. This university would later be renamed Washington University.
1855: The Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania is founded. This would eventually become Pennsylvania State University.
1856: The U.S Republican Party holds its first national convention in the city of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.
1862: Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the President of the Confederate States of America in Richmond, Virginia. 4-days prior, he was elected as provisional president. He’s scheduled to serve a 6-year term.
1872: The first national convention for the Prohibition Party is held in the city of Columbus in the state of Ohio. Its presidential nominees is James Black.
1879: Frank Woolworth opens the first Woolworth store in Utica, New York.
1942: As the Japanese victory in the Philippines becomes apparent, United States’ President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders U.S General Douglas MacArthur to get out.
1943: During World War II, members of the White Rose Resistance are executed in Nazi Germany.
1944: Krivoi Rog is captured by Soviet forces during WWII.
2005: The Kerman Province of Iran is hit with a severe earthquake that kills over 600 people and injurs over 1,400 more.
2006: The largest robbery in Britain is pulled off when 6 men steal £53 million (approximately $92 million USD) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
2012: Over 50 people are killed and over 700 are injured when a train crashes in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Famous Birthdays on February 22
American General and First President of the United States, George Washington is born in 1732.
American poet James Russell Lowell is born in 1819.
American actress Marguerite Clark is born in 1883.
American inventor Alfred J. Gross is born in 1918.
American basketball player and sportscaster, Julius Erving is born in 1950.
Australian zoologist and TV personality, Steve Irwin is born in 1962.
American actor and director, Thomas Jane is born in 1969.