This Day in History

World’s most-wanted drug kingpin is captured in Mexico

22 Feb 1071

Battle of Cassel Robert I the Frisian defeats Arnulf IIII

22 Feb 1495

French King Charles VIII enters Naples to claim crown

22 Feb 1561

William of Orange appointed viceroy of Burgundy and Charolais

22 Feb 1630

Native Amerian Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn at Thanksgiving

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Battle of Buena Vista begins

During the Mexican-American War Mexican General Santa Anna surrounds the outnumbered forces of U.S. General Zachary Taylor at the Angostura Pass in Mexico and ...

Suharto takes full power in Indonesia

On February 22 1967 Indonesian President Sukarno surrenders all executive authority to military dictator General Haji Mohammad Suharto remaining president in...

The U.S. acquires Spanish Florida

Spanish minister Do Luis de Onis and U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams sign the Florida Purchase Treaty in which Spain agrees to cede the remainder of ...

Tet Offensive ends

The American war effort in Vietnam was hit hard by the North Vietnamese Tet Offensive which ended on this day in 1968. Claims by President Lyndon Johnson that ...

U.S. hockey team beats the Soviets in the Miracle on Ice

In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history the underdog U.S. hockey team made up of college players defeats the four-time defending gold-medal win...

President Roosevelt to MacArthur: Get out of the Philippines

On this day President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders Gen. Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as the American defense of the islands collapses.The Philippi...

Westmoreland asks for Marines

General William Westmoreland commander of Military Assistance Command Vietnam cables Washington D.C. to request that two battalions of U.S. Marines be sent ...

Operation Junction City begins

Operation Junction City is launched to ease pressure on Saigon. It was an effort to smash the Viet Congs stronghold in Tay Ninh Province and surrounding...

U.S. hockey pulls off Miracle on Ice

On this day in 1980 the U.S. mens hockey team pulls off one of the biggest upsets in sports history with a 4-3 victory over the heavily favored Soviet...

George Washington is born

On this day in 1732 George Washington is born in Westmoreland County Virginia the second son from the second marriage of a colonial plantation owner. An init...

Montana passes law against sedition

Swept along by hysterical fears of treacherous German spies and domestic labor violence the Montana legislature passes a Sedition Law that severely restricts f...

Milli Vanilli win the Best New Artist Grammy

With the benefit of hindsight there might be Grammy awards that members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences wish they could take back but t...

Edna St. Vincent Millay is born

On this day poet Edna St. Vincent Millay is born in Rockland Maine.One of three daughters of a divorced nurse Millay learned independence and self-reliance e...

Actress Drew Barrymore born

On this day in 1975 Drew Barrymore who will shoot to stardom as a child after appearing in ET The Extra-Terrestrial then later build a successf...

Deadly tornadoes rip through central Florida

Seven tornadoes rip through central Florida on this day in 1998 killing 42 people. This was the deadliest outbreak of twisters in Floridas history.The ...

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