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Today in History
Today in History: Wednesday, February  22, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Feb. 22, 1732, George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born in the Virginia Colony.
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On this date in:
1819Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
1862Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as president of the Confederacy.
1865Tennessee adopted a new constitution abolishing slavery.
1879Frank Winfield Woolworth opened a five-cent store in Utica, N.Y.
1924Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
1932Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., was born in Boston, the youngest child of Joseph P. and Rose Kennedy.
1935It became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House.
1959The inaugural Daytona 500 race was held in Daytona Beach, Fla.
1980The U.S. hockey team beat the Soviets 4-3 In a stunning upset at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Audio LinkABC announcer Al Michaels calls the final seconds of the game.
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2001A U.N. war crimes tribunal convicted three Bosnian Serbs on charges of rape and torture in the first case of wartime sexual enslavement to go before an international court.
2006Insurgents destroyed the golden dome of one of Iraq's holiest Shiite shrines, the Askariya mosque in Samarra, setting off a spasm of sectarian violence.
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2011A magnitude-6.1 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, killed 184 people.
2011Somali pirates shot to death four Americans taken hostage on their yacht several hundred miles south of Oman.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Drew Barrymore turns 42 years old today.
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Jonathan DemmeDirector73
Julius ErvingBasketball Hall of Famer67
Bill FristFormer Senate majority leader65
David AxelrodFormer White House adviser62
Vijay SinghGolfer54
Pat LafontaineHockey Hall of Famer52
Rachel DratchActress, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")51
Jeri RyanActress ("Boston Public")49
Clinton KellyTV host ("The Chew," "What Not to Wear")48
Michael ChangTennis Hall of Famer45
James BluntSinger40
Actor Kyle MacLachlan turns 58 years old today.
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