THIS DAY IN HISTORY 22/02


This day in #history 22/02

FEBRUARY 22TH

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1865 – Tennessee adopts a new constitution
abolishing slavery

1876 – Johns Hopkins University opens

1945 – Arab League forms (Cairo )

1958 – Egypt & Syria form United Arab Republic
(UAR)

1971 – Lt Gen Hafiz al – Assad becomes President of Syria

1972 – Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Amir
& Prime Minister of Qatar

1979 – St Lucia gains independence from Britain

1989 – UK physicist Stephen Hawking calls Star Wars a “deliberate fraud”

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2002 – Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas
Savimbi is killed in a military ambush

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1732 – George Washington, Westmoreland, Virginia , 1 st American president (1789 -97)

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FAMOUS DEATHS

1512 – Amerigo Vespucci , Italian explorer
(America) , dies at 60

1940 – Johnson P Mlambo, South African leader
(Pan- African Congress)

1832 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , German writer, dies at 82

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1944 – Kasturba Gandhi , wife of Mohandas Gandhi (b . 1869

1958 – Michael Todd, film magnate , killed in an
New Mexico air crash

2007 – Samuel Hinga Norman, Sierra Leonean
alleged war criminal ( b . 1940 )

FAMOUS WEDDING

1997 – Singer -actress Jennifer Lopez (27) weds
Ojani Noa on the grounds of a friend’ s Miami
home

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