Today in History: February 22

Today in History: February 22

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1349

Jews are expelled from Zurich, Switzerland.

1613

Mikhail Romanov is elected czar of Russia.

1797

The last invasion of Britain takes place when some 1,400 Frenchmen land at Fishguard in Wales.

1819

Spain signs a treaty with the United States ceding eastern Florida.

1825

Russia and Britain establish the Alaska/Canada boundary.

1862

Jefferson Davis is inaugurated president of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va. for the second time.

1864

Nathan Bedford Forrest's brother, Jeffrey, is killed at Okolona, Mississippi.

1865

Federal troops capture Wilmington, N.C.

1879

Frank Winfield Woolworth's 'nothing over five cents' shop opens at Utica, New York. It is the first chain store.

1902

A fistfight breaks out in the Senate. Senator Benjamin Tillman suffers a bloody nose for accusing Senator John McLaurin of bias on the Philippine tariff issue.

1909

The Great White Fleet returns to Norfolk, Virginia, from an around-the-world show of naval power.

1911

Canadian Parliament votes to preserve the union with the British Empire.

1920

The American Relief Administration appeals to the public to pressure Congress to aid starving European cities.

1924

Columbia University declares radio education a success.

1926

Pope Pius rejects Mussolini's offer of aid to the Vatican.

1932

Adolf Hitler is the Nazi Party candidate for the presidential elections in Germany.

1935

All plane flights over the White House are barred because they are disturbing President Roosevelt's sleep.

1942

President Franklin Roosevelt orders Gen. Douglas MacArthur to leave the Philippines.

1951

The Atomic Energy Commission discloses information about the first atom-powered airplane.

1952

French forces evacuate Hoa Binh in Indochina.

1954

U.S. is to install 60 Thor nuclear missiles in Britain.

1962

A Soviet bid for new Geneva arms talks is turned down by the U.S.

1963

Moscow warns the U.S. that an attack on Cuba would mean war.

1967

Operation Junction City becomes the largest U.S. operation in Vietnam.

1984

Britain and the U.S. send warships to the Persian Gulf following an Iranian offensive against Iraq.