What Happened On This Day – February 22
2011 185 people are killed during an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand
The quake, while having a magnitude of only 6.3, had one of the highest intensities ever recorded in an urban area (MM IX).
1986 The People Power Revolution begins in the Philippines
The nonviolent campaign resulted in the fall of President Ferdinand Marcos and the restoration of the country's democracy.
1983 The play “Moose Murders” flops spectacularly on Broadway
According to critic Frank Rich, “a visit to Moose Murders is what will separate the connoisseurs of Broadway disaster from mere dilettantes for many moons to come.”
1948 Czechoslovakia becomes a communist state following a coup d'etat
The country became a parliamentary republic following the non-violent “Velvet Revolution” in 1989 and was split into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic in 1993.
1879 The first Woolworth store opens in Utica, New york
Frank Woolworth's five-and-dime retail stores became one of the world's most successful trading companies with branches in many countries around the world.
Births On This Day,
1975 Drew Barrymore
American actress, director, producer, screenwriter
1932 Ted Kennedy
1900 Luis Buñuel
Spanish director, producer
1857 Heinrich Hertz
1732 George Washington
American general, politician, 1st President of the United States
Deaths On This Day,
1987 Andy Warhol
1983 Adrian Boult
1958 Abul Kalam Azad
Indian activist, scholar, politician
1943 Sophie Scholl
German student, activist
1875 Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot