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FEBRUARY 22

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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1512 Amerigo Vespucci (Italian Explorer: Namesake of America) Amerigo Vespucci Explorers
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1828 German Biochemist Friederich W÷hler Synthesizes the First Organic Compound, Urea German Mathematicians and Scientists Biochemistry Historic Firsts Technology and Society Intellihealth
1838 Angelina GrimkÚ Is the First U.S. Woman to Address a Legislative Body When She Presents anti-Slavery Petitions at the Massachusetts State House Massachusetts Government Angelina GrimkÚ Slavery American Women Politicial and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1844 Arkansas' First State Temperance Convention Is Held in Little Rock Little Rock, Arkansas Substance Abuse Historic Firsts Arkansas History Commission
1850 Georgia Approves Its First State Law Providing Grounds for Divorce Georgia Family Laws and Legal Resources Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1856 Abraham Lincoln Speaks in Decatur at the Founding Meeting of the Illinois Republican Party Decatur, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Illinois Republican Party Historic Firsts Lincoln Papers
The First Convention of the Iowa Republican Party Is Held in Iowa City Iowa City, Iowa Iowa Republican Party Historic Firsts Historical Society of Iowa
California's First Railroad, Sacramento Valley Rail Road, Begins Service From Sacramento East to the New Town of Folsom California Railroad Historic Firsts LearnCalifornia
1861 The State of Minnesota First Celebrates George Washington's Birthday as a Legal Holiday Minnesota George Washington Holidays Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1879 Frank Winfield Woolworth Opens First "Five Cent Store" in Utica, New York New York Business Historic Firsts The History Channel
1880 5.8 Earthquake Is Centered on Yokohama, Japan Yokohama, Japan Earthquakes Historic Firsts Yokohama, Japan USGS
1892 A Four-Piece Band Provides Dance Music for Over 100 Couples at the First Public Dance Held in Ironton, Wisconsin Ironton, Wisconsin Dance Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1893 Auburn Wins the First Football Game with Alabama 32-22 Alabama The Iron Bowl University of Alabama Football Auburn Football Historic Firsts Alabama Archives
1909 Arkansas' First Meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Is Held in Little Rock Little Rock, Arkansas American Revolution Historic Firsts Arkansas DAR Arkansas History Commission
1924 Calvin Coolidge Makes First Presidential Radio Broadcast from the White House The White House Calvin Coolidge The American Presidency Radio Historic Firsts The New York Times
1935 7.1 Earthquake Is Centered on Alaska's Near Islands Alaska Earthquakes Historic Firsts USGS
1966 Soviet Union Launches Two Dogs into Space Aboard Kosmos 110 for 21-day Mission Russian Space Program Space Exploration Dogs NASA
1995 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-75) for 15-day Mission Space Shuttle Missions NASA

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