February 22 in Pop Culture History
2/22/22 falls on a Tuesday
1620 – Popcorn was introduced to the English colonists by an Indian named Quadequina.
1632 – Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems was published.
1759 – Today is the day that middle class 27 year old George Washington married rich widow (also 27) Martha Dandridge Custis, and became a wealthy man (he was already a war hero).
1819 – Spanish minister Do Luis de Onis and U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams signed the Florida Purchase Treaty, giving the United States control of all of Florida.
1855 – Pennsylvania State University was founded in State College, Pennsylvania (as the Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania)
1879 – The first F.W. Woolworth’s 5 & Dime opened in Utica, NY. It became the first chain store.
1892 – Lady Windermere’s Fan, by Oscar Wilde, was first performed at the St James’s Theatre in London.
1924 – President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
1934 – It Happened One Night premiered in theaters.
1956 – Elvis Presley debuted on the music charts with Heartbreak Hotel.
1959 – Lee Petty defeated Johnny Beauchamp in a photo finish at the brand new Daytona International Speedway in Florida to win the first-ever Daytona 500.
1960 – # 1 Hit February 22, 1960 – April 24, 1960: Percy Faith – Theme from ‘A Summer Place’
1974 – Samuel Byck unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon.
1975 – # 1 Hit February 22, 1975 – February 28, 1975: Average White Band – Pick Up the Pieces
1978 – Rock band The Police appeared in a television commercial for Wrigley’s chewing gum
1980 – The ‘Miracle on Ice’ – The US Men’s Hockey Team won a 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Two days later, the Americans went on to beat Finland and take home the gold medal.
1990 – Best New Artist Grammy was awarded to song and dance performers Milli Vanilli.
1997 – # 1 Hit February 22, 1997 – March 21, 1997: Spice Girls – Wannabe
2006 – iTunes sold its BILLIONTH music download. 16 year old Alex Ostrovsky of West Bloomfield, bought “Speed of Sound” by Coldplay. He later got a phone call from Steve Jobs and won a lot of iPod and Mac stuff.
2006 – At least six men staged Britain’s biggest bank robbery ever stealing the equivalent of 92 million American dollars from a security depot in Tonbridge, Kent.