Daily Calendar for Monday, February 21, 2022

Though this day is commonly called Presidents' Day, the federal holiday is still called "Washington's Birthday," contrary to popular belief. It is one of eleven permanent holidays established by Congress. George Washington's actual birthday is February 22, but we observe federal holidays on Mondays (in this case, the third Monday of February). To complicate matters, Washington was actually born on February 11 in 1731 because the country switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar during his lifetime (something most of Europe had done in 1582). As a result of this calendar reform, people born before 1752 were told to add 11 days to their birth dates. Those born between January 1 and March 25, as Washington was, also had to add one year to be in sync with the new calendar. By the time Washington became president in 1789, he celebrated his birthday on February 22 and listed his year of birth as 1732. Upon entering office, Washington was not convinced that he was the right man for the job. He wrote, "My movements to the chair of government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit, who is going to the place of his execution." Fortunately for the young country, he was wrong. Learn more facts and folklore about Presidents' Day.

Died

  • Jethro Tull(agriculturist, inventor of the horse-drawn seed drill)
  • Malcolm X assassinated in NYC
  • Dame Margot Fonteyn(ballerina)
  • Bart Howard(songwriter known for writing Fly Me to the Moon)
  • Billy Graham(evangelist)
  • Peter Tork(musician, member of The Monkees)

Born

  • Charles Scribner(publisher)
  • Alice Freeman Palmer(educator)
  • Rudolph Jay Schaefer(brewery executive)
  • Anais Nin(novelist)
  • W.H. Auden(poet)
  • Zachary Scott(actor)
  • Ann Sheridan(actress)
  • Erma Bombeck(humorist)
  • Gary Lockwood(actor)
  • John Robert Lewis(American politician; civil rights leader)
  • David Geffen(producer)
  • Tyne Daly(actress)
  • Alan Rickman(actor)
  • William Petersen(actor)
  • Kelsey Grammer(actor)
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt(actress)
  • Corbin Bleu(actor)

Events

  • Lucy Hobbs Taylor became the first woman to graduate from a dental school, the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • First telephone book issued
  • The Washington Monument was dedicated by President Arthur in Washington, D.C. It took 102 years to complete, beginning in 1783 when Congress proposed it. It was the largest man-made structure in the world at the time
  • First issue of The New Yorker published
  • Polaroid instant camera first demonstrated
  • President Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit a country not diplomatically recognized by the U.S. when he visited China
  • UFO sighted in Portland, Oregon

Weather

  • Granville, North Dakota, experienced a spectacular chinook temperature swing. The temperature rose from -33F in the morning to 50F in the afternoon.
  • Destructive ice storm began in areas of Wisconsin, lasting through February 23
  • Twelve days of heavy rain and snow in California finally came to an end
  • Two tornadoes hit the Sacramento, California, area

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