Today is Monday, February 22nd. It’s National Margarita Day, Supermarket Employee Day, National Cook a Sweet Potato Day, World Thinking Day, Recreational Sports & Fitness Day and Be Humble Day
There are 23 days remaining until St. Patrick’s Day
There are 26 days until Spring
There are 38 days until baseball’s Opening Day
There are 41 days remaining until Easter
Today is the day that…
— in 1630, Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving
— in 1732, The first U.S. president, George Washington, was born at his parents’ plantation in the Virginia Colony.
— in 1821, Spain sells Eastern Florida to United States for $5 million
— in 1879, the 1st 5 cent & 10 cent store is opened by Frank W. Woolworth in Utica, New York
— in 1900, Hawaii became a US territory
— in 1932, the Purple Heart award reinstituted
— in 1935, it became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House
— in 1956, Elvis Presley entered the music charts for the first time with “Heartbreak Hotel”
— in 1959, The first Daytona 500 race was held in Daytona Beach, FL
— in 1968, Genesis release their first single, “The Silent Sun.” At this point, the band is a 5-piece fronted by Peter Gabriel with Chris Stewart on drums. Phil Collins joins two years later.
— in 1975, Average White Band’s “Pick Up the Pieces” hits #1.
— in 1980, Miracle on Ice”: Team USA hockey beats the heavily favored Soviet Union, 4-3 at Lake Placid in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history; the US goes on to win the gold medal.
— in 1983, Styx release Kilroy Was Here, a concept album about a dystopian future where rock and roll is banned and technology has run amok.
— in 1984, David, the boy who spent most of his life in a plastic bubble, dies at 12
— in 1986, MTV, which has bought the rights to 45 episodes of The Monkees TV series, airs them all in a “Pleasant Valley Sunday” marathon in honor of the group’s 20th anniversary. The shows launch a Monkees revival, and the group reforms to tour later in the year.
— in 1987, artist Andy Warhol died at age 58
— in 1989, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Will Smith) win the first-ever rap Grammy (Best Rap Performance) for “Parents Just Don’t Understand”. Also, the very unheavy Jethro Tull win the first Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, beating out Metallica.
— in 1990, A jury rules that Stevie Wonder didn’t not infringe on a song written in 1976 called “I Just Called To Say” on his hit “I Just Called To Say I Love You.
— in 1992, When the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform “Under The Bridge” on Saturday Night Live, guitarist John Frusciante sabotages the song, playing unevenly and screaming into the microphone during his background part. His frustrations lead him to quit the band in May.
— in 1993, Lenny Kravitz releases “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” a song he says is about God
— in 1994, Prince is granted the trademark on the symbol he has been using as his name.
— in 1996, actress Halle Berry filed for a divorce from MLB star David Justice
— in 1997, Dolly the Sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal (from an adult cell) is announced by the Roslin Institute in Scotland
— also in 1997, The Spice Girls’ Wannabe hit #1
— in 2009, Heath Ledger posthumously wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, for his performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight”
— in 2018, Team USA wins the Olympic women’s ice hockey gold medal for the first time in 20 years with a 4-3 shootout victory over Canada
— and in 2019, Actor Jussie Smollett is suspended from the Fox TV show “Empire” after it’s revealed that he made false claims about a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago
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