The Commercial Appeal



Today is Wednesday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2023. There are 312 days left in the year. On this date in:

1630: English colonists in the Massachuse­tts Bay Colony first sampled popcorn brought to them by a Native American named Quadequina for their Thanksgivi­ng celebratio­n.

1732: The first president of the United States, George Washington, was born in Westmorela­nd County in the Virginia Colony.

1784: A U.S. merchant ship, the Empress of China, left New York for the Far East to trade goods with China.

1935: It became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House.

1959: The inaugural Daytona 500 race was held; although Johnny Beauchamp was initially declared the winner, the victory was later awarded to Lee Petty. 1967: More than 25,000 U.S. and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation Junction City, aimed at smashing a

Vietcong stronghold near the Cambodian border. (Although the communists were driven out, they later returned.) 1980: The “Miracle on Ice” took place in Lake Placid, New York, as the United States Olympic hockey team upset the Soviets, 4-3. (The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.)

1987: Pop artist Andy Warhol died at a New York City hospital at age 58.

1997: Scientists in Scotland announced they had succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named “Dolly.” (Dolly, however, was later put down after a short life marred by premature aging and disease.)

2010: Najibullah Zazi, accused of buying supplies to make bombs for an attack on New York City subways, pleaded guilty to charges including conspiring to use weapons of mass destructio­n. (Zazi faced up to life in prison but spent nearly a decade after his arrest helping the U.S. identify and prosecute terrorists; he was given a 10-year sentence followed by supervised release.)

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