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February 22: Today In History

1630 – Quadequine introduced popcorn to English colonists at their first Thanksgiving dinner.

1784 – Empress of China, a US merchant ship, left New York City for the Far East.

1859 – US President Buchanan approved the Act of February 22, 1859, which incorporated the Washington National Monument Society “for the purpose of completing the erection now in progress of a great National Monument to the memory of Washington at the seat of the Federal Government”.

1860 – Organized baseball’s first game was played in San Francisco, California.

1865 – In the US, Tennessee adopted a new constitution that abolished slavery.

1879 – In Utica, New York, Frank W Woolworth opened his first five and 10-cent store.

1885 – The Washington Monument was officially dedicated in Washington, DC. It opened to the public in 1889.

1920 – The first dog race track to use an imitation rabbit opened in Emeryville, California.

1924 – US President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.

1969 – Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman to win a US thoroughbred horse race.

1997 – Scottish scientist, Ian Wilmot, and colleagues announced that an adult sheep had been successfully cloned. Dolly was actually born on July 5, 1996. Dolly was the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell.

– In the Philippines, an MH-47E Chinook helicopter crashed into the ocean. All 10 men aboard were killed.

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