Lost and Found – February 22nd Edition

What to remember about February 22nd…

  • 1732  George Washington, 1st President of the United States, is born in Virginia (d. 1799)
  • 1819  Representatives of United States and Spain sign Florida Purchase Treaty; U.S. assumes $5 million in Spanish debt
  • 1847  5,000 U.S. troops led by future 12th president Zachary Taylor defeat 15,000 under General Santa Anna at Battle of Buena Vista
  • 1856  Republican Party holds 1st national convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1862  Jefferson Davis inaugurated President of Confederate States of America
  • 1864  Outnumbered 3-to-1, Confederates led by Nathan Bedford Forrest rout Yankees at Battle of West Point, Mississippi
  • 1942  President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur to evacuate from the Philippines in face of Japanese invasion
  • 1943  Nazis execute by guillotine college student leaders of White Rose resistance movement at University of Munich
  • 1968  American and South Vietnamese forces deal communists massive losses as Tet Offensive comes to a close
  • 1980  U.S. hockey team scores miraculous victory over reigning gold medal winning Soviets at Lake Placid Winter Olympics
  • 1990  Fraudulent musical act Milli Vanilli wins Grammy award as Best New Artist

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