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1997 - Great Britain Dolly The Sheep
1997 : Scottish scientists from the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh announce they have successfully cloned an adult sheep named Dolly, The sheep was born in July of 1996, and Dolly was the world's first cloned mammal.
 

1967 - Vietnam Tet Offensive
1967 : The Tet offensive by communist forces of North Vietnam against South Vietnam ends.
 

1879 - 1st Woolworth 5 Cents Store Opened
1879 : Frank Winfield Woolworth opens the Great 5 Cents Store in Utica, New York. Pledging to sell "nothing" that cost more than a nickel expanding over the next 50 years to 1000 stores, but due to changes in the retail market the last Woolworths shop in the United States was closed down on July 17th, 1997.
 

22 Feb, 1972 - UK Aldershot Bombing
1972 : The IRA plant a bomb at the 16th Parachute Brigade headquarters at Aldershot, Hampshire killing 5 women and an army priest.
 


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1974 - U.S.A. Patti Hearst Kidnappers
1974 : The ransom demanded by the kidnappers ( Symbionese Liberation Army ). of newspaper heiress, Patty Hearst of $2 million food handout to the hungry in slum areas throughout Los Angeles and San Francisco begins with many of the homeless refusing the handouts.
 

1991 - U.S.A. Full Scale War With Iraq
1991 : The US President, George Bush, has given Iraq until 1700 GMT tomorrow to pull out of Kuwait or face a full-scale war.
 

1924 - U.S.A. Calvin Coolidge
1924 : Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
 

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1938 - Germany Austrian Protection
1938 : In a speech to the Reichstag and the world on Sunday Adolf Hitler proclaimed oppressed and persecuted Germans in Austria, Czechoslovakia and the rest of the world are under the protection of Germany and force will be used if necessary for their protection. Germany does not want war but will protect it's people with war if needed. Together with the alliance of Italy and Japan and Germany's large build up of military power France and Great Britain believe a second world war may well be inevitable.
 

22 Feb, 1938 - U.S.A. Secretary of the Interior
1938 : The United States Secretary of the Interior Ickes was prepared to give an anti-communist and anti-fascist speech, and notes from this scheduled broadcast were revealed on this day. Ickes urged all democracies to fight against ("repulse against") internal fascism and communism. Ickes' speech was scheduled to be heard in places such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, India, and South Africa. Ickes had commented, saying that he was speaking as an individual and not as a representative of the president, or the United States.
 

1966 - U.S.A. Lee Harvey Oswald
1966 : The U.S. government was awarded custody of Lee Harvey Oswald's weapons. He was convicted as of this time of being the assassin of John F. Kennedy. The custody of Oswald's weapons was granted by U.S. District Judge Joe Estes. The weapons in question were a 6.5mm foreign rifle (for shot at the president) and a pistol (for shot at Dallas Policeman J.D. Tippit). The government wanted to place the weapons reported to have been used by Oswald in the National Archives in Washington.
 




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1966 - U.S.A. Vietnam War Veteran
1966 : John A. Podoske, a resident of Logan, Ohio, was denied a Postmaster position on this day. He attempted to appeal to have this case re-opened several months ago, based on the fact that he was a disabled Vietnam War Veteran.
 

1967 - Indonesia President Sukarno
1967 : Indonesian President Sukarno surrenders all executive authority to military dictator General Haji Mohammad Suharto.
 

1971 - U.S.A. 3 Red Lights Seen
1971 : A report on this day has indicated that a plane search was planned. This scheduled search was decided necessary as a result of witnesses seeing "three balls of fire" or "three red lights" headed towards earth in the blowing snow. This possible crash was believed to have taken place in or near Elmore City, Oklahoma. Numerous reports came in from Oklahoma City and surrounding areas, confirming that this was most likely a crash. Further reports would be made in future-dated issues of local Oklahoma newspapers.
 

1972 - U.S.A. Welfare Appointment
1972 : The real name of the person who was appointed head of the Aiken County Department of Public Welfare is Richard T. Poore . No pun was intended in this case, as Poore was actually a highly educated person who received a degree from Florida State University in 1966. However, some people most likely could not help but "make fun" of his last name at least a little bit, as he was chairman of the board for this county's welfare agency (news headline read "Poore to Head Welfare Agency"). Poore had already worked at the county level in Anderson County for quite a few years when he assumed this position as head of Aiken County's agency. Despite the play on words, Poore was thought of as a qualified individual.
 

1974 - U.S.A. Attempt To Kill Nixon
1974 : An attempt was made to hijack a plane from the Baltimore-Washington International airport by Samuel Byck . If successful, he was planning on crashing the plane into the White House and killing President Richard Nixon.
 

1980 - United States Hockey Team
1980 : The United States hockey team, composed in great part of college players, defeat the defending champions and favorites to win the gold medal Soviet Union squad by 4-3.
 

22 Feb, 1989 - U.S.A. Tina Turner
1989 : Tina Turner had won a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocalist at age 49 during this year, on this date. She originally had recorded with her husband Ike Turner, however, she had left Ike in 1976. From that time until 1981 she had remained behind the scenes. After 1981, she became one of the oldest female artists in history to stage such a strong comeback, and she changed her tune from a style to Rock and Roll. Her first solo album Private Dancer had sold five million copies. She was introduced in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
 

1994 - U.S.A. Aldrich Ames Soviet Spy
1994 : Former Central Intelligence Agency veteran Aldrich Ames and his wife, Rosario, are charged with selling national security secrets to the Soviet Union. He later received a sentence of life imprisonment, and his wife received a 5-year prison sentence for conspiracy to commit espionage and tax evasion.
 

1998 - U.S.A. Tornadoes Florida
1998 : Central Florida was hit by fatal tornadoes that had taken 42 people. Seven twisters in all had swept through this area, and quite a bit of damage had occurred in Kissimmee, Orlando, and surrounding areas.
 

2001 - Netherlands War Crimes Tribunal
2001 : A U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague convicts three Bosnian Serbs on charges of rape and torture.
 

2006 - Great Britain Securitas Bank Robbery
2006 : A armed gang steal £53 million from the Securitas bank depot in Kent. It was the largest such theft in British history.
 

2006 - South Dakota Approves a Ban on Abortion
2006 : The South Dakota Senate has approved a bill that will outlaw nearly all abortions in the state. If the bill is signed by Governor Rounds, advocates of abortion rights have pledged to challenge it in court immediately. The bill passes by a vote of 23 to 12 after opponents had tried to attach amendments that would have created exceptions for cases of rape and incest.
 

2006 - U.S.S. Missouri makes Moscow's Defender of the Motherland Day
2006 : Moscow has removed the posters that were put up for its celebratory war veterans parades that had the American warship U.S.S. Missouri on them. The posters were taken down a few hours before the Defender of the Motherland Day events began. The Russian defence ministry has said it did not produce the posters, and a city hall official said that the design should have been shown to someone that could distinguish different types battleships. The defence ministry went on to say that the posters had been made by a civilian firm, and that the people who made it were 'simply incompetent.'
 

2007 - Tolkien Estate Gets Court Order to Block Online File Sharing Works
2007 : It has been revealed that the Tolkien Estate has won a court order against a file-sharing Web site whose members posted scanned copies of J.R.R. Tolkien's work. The order, which had been issued earlier in February by the federal court in the Southern District of New York, will compell ESnips Ltd. to identify the subscribers who posted the material. High-quality copies of The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings, the History of Middle Earth and the Silmarillion had been posted on the site, according to The Estate's law firm Manches. While ESnips has agreed to remove the material, it refused to identify the names of the posters without a court order. Such infringements are 'damaging not only to the estate's interest, but also to the integrity of the published works. It is not something we allow.' Tolkien's estate routinely takes action against internet infringers.
 

2008 - Moscow Opposes Kosovo Independence
2008 : Following the Kosovo Unilateral Declaration Of Independence from Serbia, Serb officials have welcomed the support of Russia in opposition to Kosovo's independence. The Belgrade-based daily Press's headlines have said that Russia supported Serbia's desire to retrieve Kosovo, but Serbia is now under pressure from Washington and Brussels to stop the violence that started on February 17th. An aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the Western recognition of Kosovo as a cocked gun ready for firing.
 

2009 - Slumdog Millionaire wins at the 2009 Oscars
2009 : Slumdog Millionaire wins eight Oscars. Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Simon Beaufoy it is set and filmed in India. It is the story of a man from Bombay who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? It has won eight of its ten Oscar nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Original Song.
 

2009 - Israel Suspected To Be Behind Hamas Killing
2009 : E.U. foreign ministers have 'strongly condemned' the use of forged European passports in the assassination of the Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. Their statement has made no direct reference to Israel, whose secret services are widely accused of having carried out last month's killing in Dubai. The Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met some of the foreign ministers on the sidelines of the meeting, and has repeated that there is 'no proof' of Israel's involvement.
 

2011 - Defense Minister of Germany Forfeits PhD
2011 : Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the defense minister of Germany gave up his doctorate after being accused of plagiarizing his doctoral thesis. Several claims against Guttenberg were made including one that he had completely lifted a part of his thesis from a newspaper article. Guttenberg admitted to mistakes and asked the University of Bayreuth to remove his PhD.
 

2012 - Comedian Frank Carson Dies
2012 : UK Comic Frank Carson died at the age of 85 after suffering from illness. The comedian was a regular on British television throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Born in Belfast, Carson was recognized for his charity work that he conducted in Northern Ireland.
 

2013 - Djibouti Opposition Joins Elections
2013 : The opposition party in Djibouti decided to join elections ending a ten year boycott. Opposition parties banded together to campaign in parliamentary elections and were able to participate largely unhindered.
 

2014 - Pope Francis Names New Cardinals
2014 : Pope Francis has appointed nineteen new cardinals in a ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. This is his first of such appointments since becoming the Pope.
 


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Ted Kennedy
Born: 22nd February 1932, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 25th 2009, Hyannis Port, Massachusetts
Known For : Ted Kennedy was the last surviving son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., the youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Ted Kennedy spent more than 40 years as a member of the Democratic Party and was known for his oratorical skills, he was also somewhat of a maverick supporting bills by both Democrats and Republicans when he believed they were the right thing to do. His career and hopes for running for President were severely damaged due to the 1969 Chappaquiddick incident ( the passenger in the car Mary Jo Kopechne died in the accident ) he was charged and admitted to leaving the scene of an accident. He was the fourth-longest-serving senator in U.S. history serving as United States Senator for Massachusetts from 1962 to 2009. The video is a speach he made in 2008 after undergoing surgery for a brain tumor.