What Happened on February 22


Historical Events

1888 – “Father of American Golf” John Reid first demonstrates golf on a Yonkers cow pasture to friends
1915 – Germany begins “unrestricted” submarine war
1932 – Purple Heart (the Badge of Military Merit) award reinstituted
1941 – Roy Harris’ “Ballad of a Railroad Man” premieres
1972 – US President Richard Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in Beijing
1973 – US and China agree to establish liaison offices in Beijing and Washington, D.C.

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Famous Birthdays

1773 – Matthijs Ignatius van Bree, Belgian painter of historical subjects, born in Antwerp (d. 1839)
1822 – Adolf Kussmaul, German physician (stomach pump, Kuszmaul disease), born in Graben (d. 1902)
1918 – Sid Abel, Canadian NHL hockey player (1948-49 Hart Trophy), born in Melville, Saskatchewan (d. 2000)
1926 – (Alan) “Bud” Yorkin, American film and television producer and director (Divorce American Style; All in the Family; Sanford And Son), born in Washington, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
1939 – George Haslam, British avant-garde jazz baritone saxophonist, and tárogató player, born in Preston, Lancashire, England
1969 – Thomas Jane, American actor, born in Baltimore, Maryland

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Famous Deaths

1897 – Charles Blondin, French acrobat and tight rope walker, dies at 72
1921 – Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1864)
1968 – Omer CFL Tulippe, Belgian geographer, dies at 71
1976 – Florence Ballard, American pop and RandB singer (The Supremes, 1959-67 – “Buttered Popcorn”; “Where Did Our Love Go”), dies of a heart attack at 32
1996 – Helmut Schoen, Germany football coach (manager of West Germany (1964-1978, 1974 World Cup), dies at 80
1997 – Albert Shanker, American labor leader (Amer Fed of Teachers), dies at 68

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