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22nd February

1371 Robert II succeeded to the throne of Scotland, beginning the Stuart dynasty.

1732 * George Washington who became President of the USA in 1789.

1819 Spain ceded Florida to the US.

1847 The Mexicans were defeated at the Battle of Buena Vista by American forces.

1879 Frank Winfield Woolworth opened his first Store in Utica, New York.

1886 The Times newspaper ran the first ever classified personal column.

1924 Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.

1932 * Senator Edward Kennedy, youngest brother of John F. Kennedy.

1933 * The Duchess of Kent (Katherine Worsley) wife of Edward, second Duke of Kent.

1949 * Niki Lauda, (Austria) three times world Formula 1 motor racing champion.

1955 Maureen Connolly, one of America's greatest tennis players, retired from the sport after a horse-riding accident.

1972 Five women and an army priest were killed in an IRA bomb attack on army premises in Hampshire.

1974 Pakistan recognised the independence of Bangladesh.

1980 Soviet occupation forces declared Martial Law in Kabul.

1986 Filipino Defence Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and chief of staff Lieutenant-General Fidel Ramos accused the president Ferdinand Marcos of planning to arrest leaders of the opposition.

1997 "Dolly the Sheep" was cloned by scientists in Edinburgh

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