Today in History for 22nd February 2021

Historical Events

1784 – 1st US ship to trade with China, “Empress of China”, sails from NY
1918 – Germany claims Baltic states, Finland and Ukraine from Russia
1920 – 1st artificial rabbit used at a dog race track (Emeryville, California)
1952 – Germany takes the Olympic bobsleigh double with gold in the 4-man event at the Oslo Winter Games; Adreas Ostler and Lorenz Niebert score their 2nd gold medals after winning the 2-man a week earlier
1958 – Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days
2015 – 57th Daytona 500: Joey Logano wins event for 2nd time after taking lead with 10 laps to go; is ahead of Kevin Harvick before caution flag on last lap ends race in his favour

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Famous Birthdays

1839 – Francis Pharcellus Church, American editor and publisher (d. 1906)
1896 – Edvin Wide, Swedish 10K runner (Olympic silver 1924)
1904 – Peter Hurd, Roswell NM, painter (Portrait of Jose Herrera)
1938 – Pierre Vallières, French-Canadian politician, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1995)
1959 – Kyle MacLachlan, American actor (Blue Velvet, Dune, Twin Peaks), born in Yakima, Washington
1974 – Aaron Gavey, Canadian NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada

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Famous Deaths

1750 – Pietro Filippo Scarlotti, composer, dies at 71
1875 – Charles Lyell, British geologist (Elements of Geology), dies at 77
1914 – Valliamma Mudaliar, took part in Indian passive resistance, dies of a fever contracted in prison
1945 – Osip Brik, Russian writer (b. 1888)
1973 – Jean-Jacques Bertrand, 21st Premier of Quebec (1968-70), dies at 56
1998 – Jose Maria de Areilza, Sp minister of foreign affairs (1975-76), dies

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