This Day in History ~ February 22

Taking a look back on a few events that has taken place on February 22nd in previous years.

1959 – The first running of the Daytona 500 took place. Lee Petty, patriarch of the now well-known Petty racing family, narrowly won the first Daytona 500 in a photo finish against Johnn Beauchamp. Although it appears to be a close three way tie in the photo,  with Joe Weatherly on the outside, Beauchamp on the inside, and Petty in the middle, in reality Petty and Beauchamp were lapping Weatherly at the finish line!


1962- Basketball star, Wilt Chamberlain (1936-1999), sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts in a single game while playing for the Philadelphia Warriors. This record stood for 50 years, until it was broken in 2012.


1973 – “Charlotte’s Web” opens to a limited audience. It was opened to the general public on March 1, 1973.  This American film is an animated musical drama produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions and based upon the 1952 children’s book of the same name by E. B. White. This film is voiced by many well known stars including Henry Gibson as Wilbur the pig, Debbie Reynolds as Charlotte A. Cavatica the spider, Paul Lynde as Templeton the rat, and Agnes Moorehead as the Goose.


1986 – “Sara” by Starship took over as the #1 Adult Contemporary song.


1997 – It was announced by the Roslin Institute in Scotland that it had produced the world’s first cloned mammal from an adult cell. This cloned mammal was Dolly the sheep. Dolly was actually born the previous year on July 5, 1996, but the news was withheld while the Institute conduct extensive studies on the animal prior to publicly announcing the event. During her life, she bore 6 lambs. Dolly humanely euthanized on February 14, 2003 because she had a progressive lung disease and severe arthritis.

Dolly the Sheep


1998 – Closing date of the 18th Winter Olympic games which took place at Nagano, Japan. At these games, Curling returned as an official sport and Snowboarding made its debut. Azerbaijan, Kenya, the Republic of Macedonia, Uruguay, and Venezuela made their first appearance at the Olympic Winter Games. Denmark won their first, and only, Winter Olympics medal when they won a silver medal in the women’s curling event. Zali Steggall won the bronze in the women’s slalom bringing home Australia’s first individual Winter Olympic medal.


2004 – Johnny Depp wins for his performance in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl at the 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.


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