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Calendar for February 22nd, 2013

Independence Day (Saint Lucia)

Died 1512: Amerigo Vespucci (explorer)

1630: Popcorn was first introduced to English colonists by Native Americans

Born 1732: George Washington (1st U.S. president)

Born 1778: Rembrandt Peale (artist)

1879: The F.W. Woolworth discount store chain started in Utica, New York

1881: Ancient Egyptian obelisk that had been erected in Central Park was officially presented to New York City

Born 1892: Edna St. Vincent Millay (poet)

1902: A fist fight broke out on the Senate floor between Senator John McLaurin and Senator Ben Tillman

Died 1913: Mexican President Francisco I. Madero was assassinated

1924: Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast speech from the White House

Born 1932: Edward Moore Kennedy (politician)

Born 1934: George "Sparky" Anderson (baseball manager)

Born 1962: Steve Irwin (herpetologist and host of The Crocodile Hunter)

Born 1966: Rachel Dratch (actress)

Born 1975: Drew Barrymore (actress)

Died 1995: Ed Flanders (actor)

Died 2002: Chuck Jones (Warner Bros. animator, created Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck)

Died 2002: Jonas Savimbi (Angola's rebel leader)

2005: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck near Zarand in Iran

Died 2007: Dennis Johnson (basketball player)

2011: A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand

2014: Babe Ruth's 1923 World Series pocket watch sold for $717,000 at auction

2014: Baseball bat that belonged to "Shoeless" Joe Jackson sold for $958,000 at auction

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