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On This Day in History - 22nd February

Birthdays

1732George Washington, First President of United States
1857Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of the Boy Scout movement
1908John Mills, English film and television actor
1926Kenneth Williams, English comedy actor & star of many 'Carry On' films
1928Bruce Forsyth, Comdedian & game show host
1950Julie Walters, Comedienne and actress
1953Nigel Planer, Comedy actor and writer

Events

1879Frank Woolworth opened his first 'Woolworths' store in Utica, New York state
1886The Times newspaper became the first to publish a classified personal column
1980Martial Law was declared in Kabul by Soviet occupation forces
1982Britain and US sent ships to Persian Gulf following Iranian offensive
1987Further Syrian troops were deployed in West Beirut to keep the peace
1991Iraq began setting fire to Kuwait's oil installations
1994Iraq began flooding its southern marshes to destroy the Shia Muslims living there