This Day in History - February 22nd

Hello, History lovers and welcome to another addition of This Day in History! (Little known fact: the study of history is called history!)

Today, February 22nd, has a long and colorful history in the events of our planet. Let us begin.

First of all, it was on February 22, 300009BC that fish completely evolved into flying turnips. And that is why we have land vegetation.

February 22nd also gave us the births of George Washington in 1732, first President of the United States and the bain of cherry trees everywhere; Jean-Bédel Bokassa in 1921, military leader and later self-proclaimed king of Central Africa (reputed to be a canibal, but never proven); Jeri Ryan in 1968, American Actress who would haunt the reveries of lonely nerds for years to come, thanks to her tightly-clad portrayal of Seven of Nine on the popular space-age series Star Trek: Voyager.

Oh, and Drew Barrymore in '75.

Moving on to the deaths of February 22nd. Since someone has to die on this day, we are selecting a handful of eventful deaths to show that February 22nd is even-handed when it comes to mortality. Dead as a doornail on this day in 1799 Heshen, imperial brown-noser and eventual destroyer of the Qing dynasty, allowed to commit suicide at home rather than suffer the "death by a thousand cuts" promised him by the judge. Other notable dead leaders include a sheik, a Sicilian king, a Count named Flanders, and this guy who apparently helped keep things chilly during the cold war only to end up full of hot lead in 2002.

In other dead news, lots of artists went down on this day in history. Among them were Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot in 1875, father of the Impressionist movement, and Andy Warhol in 1987, father of the weird, albino, fruitcakes movement (aka Pop Art).

And last but not least, February 22nd was a good day for the Catholic Church. Not only is today the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter (they eat chairs? What?), but it also marks the auspicious day to celebrate the celebate St. Isabel of France (and for a Frenchwoman, that's a pretty impressive feat). They also saw two popes bepoped in the years 1281 and 1288.

Happy February 22, 2007! What's going on today in your history?

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Blogger Steve DeGroof said...

//What's going on today in your history?//

Today, I'm going to a pot luck dinner with a food-for-cold weather theme. The invites were sent out during a cold snap. Mother Nature loves irony, though, so the high today is 73.

22/2/07 15:53  
Blogger uncle jim said...

So, how's the job going? Got enough to keep you occupied? Looking for a part-time job to fill up the empty hours? Have a great herstory day.

22/2/07 18:01  
Blogger k_sra said...

Hope you bundled up, Steve! ; )

unkajim, I've got my hands full just at the momo. What is the herstory idea?

23/2/07 07:47  
Blogger uncle jim said...

herstory ... history
have a great day

23/2/07 17:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the study of history is actually called historiography

11/9/07 19:25  

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