February is the second month of the year in our modern-day Gregorian calendar. It is the year’s shortest month with only 28 days in common years and 29 days in leap years.
According to Gregory calendar, the day number 365 in a year and if it is a leap year then the day number is 366. February 22 has its own special significance in India and world history.
February is named after the Latin word februum, or maybe even the more ancient februa, which was a spring festival of washing and purification.
The page contains not only the Important historical events but also famous birthdays and deaths of each day. Search what happened today in Indian history and world history.
Here you will find some important events that happened today in Indian and world history on February 22. Read on to know more about this day.
List of Important Historical events of 22 February:
- 1731: America’s first President George Washington is born.
- 1744: The British fleet is defeated by the combined Franco-Spanish fleet at the Battle of Tulon.
- 1821: Spain sold the state of Florida to the US for 5 million dollars.
- 1845: Serampore and Balasore were bought by Dutch East India Company from East India Company.
- 1853: Established Washington University in St. Louis as Eliot Seminary.
- 1857: Robert Bedle Powell, the founder of the international organization of scouts, was born in a religious house in London. He established an international institution of scouts with the aim of bringing forth the youth in the society and helping the weak.
- 1865: Tennessee enacted a new constitution abolishing slavery.
- 1876: Johns Hopkins University was established in Baltimore.
- 1887: Union Labor Party organized in Cincinnati.
- 1913: Killed by the army of Mexico’s Revolutionary President Francisco Madero. In this incident, Vice President Pino Sverez was also killed along with him.
- 1944: Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mahatma Gandhi, died.
- 1949: Cincinnati Gardens opened in the city of Cincinnati.
- 1956: Elvis Presley entered the United States Music Chart for the first time at “Heartbreak Hotel”.
- 1958: India’s renowned politician, intellectual and litterateur Abul Kalam Ahmad Azad died at the age of 70.
- 1979: United Kingdom granted independence to St. Lucia.
- 1980: Implementation of military rule in Afghanistan announced.
- 1982: Noted Urdu poet Josh Malihabadi of the Indian subcontinent died.
- 1997: A team of researchers at the Roslyn Institute in Scotland announced for the first time a ‘clone’ from a cell derived from a mammalian organism.
- 1998: 1998 Winter Olympics held in Nagano, Japan.
- 1999: India’s renowned economist Jagdish Bhagwati appointed as the head of the Center for Indian Political Economy at Columbia University.
- 2011: A 6.3-magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale killed 181 people in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Famous birthdays and birth anniversaries on this day
- 1732: George Washington, an American political leader and the first president of the United States.
- 1788: Arthur Schopenhauer, a German philosopher.
- 1857: Heinrich Hertz, a German physicist.
- 1857: Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of the worldwide Scout Movement.
- 1863: Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiyar X, the maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore.
- 1884: Bhopal Singh, the ruler of the Indian princely state of Udaipur.
- 1885: Jatindra Mohan Sengupta, an Indian revolutionary.
- 1889: Sahajanand Saraswati, an ascetic, a nationalist, and a peasant leader of India.
- 1892: Indulal Kanaiyalal Yagnik, an Indian independence activist.
- 1902: Friedrich Strassmann, a German chemist.
- 1906: Sohan Lal Dwivedi, an Indian poet, Gandhian, and freedom fighter.
- 1913: Mirza Hameedullah Beg, the 15th Chief Justice of India.
- 1922: Sayed Haider Raza, an Indian painter.
- 1964: Sooraj Barjatya, an Indian film director.
- 1964: Ed Boon, an American video game programmer.
- 1975: Drew Barrymore, an American actress.
Death anniversaries of famous people in India and the world
- 1512: Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian merchant, explorer, and navigator, from whose name the terms America and Americas are derived.
- 1815: Smithson Tennant, an English chemist.
- 1827: Charles Willson Peale, an American painter, soldier, scientist, inventor, politician, and naturalist.
- 1944: Kasturba Gandhi, an Indian political activist, and wife of Mahatma Gandhi.
- 1958: Maulana Abul Kalam, an Indian scholar, Islamic theologian, independence activist, and a senior leader of the Indian National Congress.
- 1982: Josh Malihabadi, a Pakistani Urdu poet.