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Saturday, February 22
By The Associated Press
Associated Press
2014-02-15 10:01 AM

Today is Saturday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2014. There are 312 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1495 - French forces under King Charles VIII enter Naples in Italy.

1630 - English settlers in America discover how to make popcorn.

1759 - French abandon siege of Madras, India, on arrival of British fleet.

1819 - Spain cedes Florida to the United States.

1828 - Peace of Turkmanchai by which Persia cedes part of Armenia, including Yerevan, to Russia.

1848 - Revolt erupts in Paris due to failure of Louis Philippe's reign.

1862 - Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as president of the secessionist Confederate States of America.

1879 - Frank Winfield Woolworth opens a 5-cent store in Utica, New York.

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

1942 - Tribesmen in the Philippines wipe out a Japanese regiment during World War II.

1945 - U.S. Third Army crosses Saar River south of Saarburg, Germany, in World War II.

1964 - Ghana becomes one-party Socialist state.

1966 - Uganda's Prime Minister Milton Obote orders five cabinet members arrested and assumes full power.

1972 - Qatar's heir apparent, Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, overthrows oil state's emir Sheik Ahmed in bloodless coup.

1975 - Military government of Ethiopia announces that 2,300 guerrillas have been killed in fighting in Eritrea.

1980 - In a stunning upset, the U.S. Olympic hockey team defeats the Soviets at Lake Placid, New York, 4-to-3.

1986 - Philippines armed forces break with the government of President Ferdinand E. Marcos, precipitating his downfall.

1990 - Last Stalin statue topples in Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator.

1991 - U.S. President George H. W. Bush demands that Saddam Hussein begin unconditional withdrawal from Kuwait by noon of following day or risk ground war with allied forces.

1992 - Shiite militias in Lebanon agree not to fire rockets into Israel, ending a week of heavy fighting with Israeli troops.

1993 - Artillery duels between Israeli forces and pro-Iranian guerrillas kill a U.N. peacekeeper and a villager in southern Lebanon.

1994 - U.S. authorities say that the CIA's former top Soviet spycatcher Aldrich Hazen Ames actually spied for the Soviet Union. He is later sentenced to life in prison.

1995 - France accuses five Americans of political and economic spying and orders them to leave the country.

1996 - Russia and the head of the International Monetary Fund reach a deal for a loan of more than $10 billion.

1997 - Fleeing fighting, 30,000 refugees from Rwanda and Burundi leave their refugee camp in eastern Zaire.

1998 - Tamil separatist rebel gunboats attack a 12-ship convoy carrying soldiers to northern Sri Lanka, killing up to 80 people.

1999 - Fighting flares in Kosovo between ethnic Albanians and the Yugoslav army as the deadline for peace talks in France nears.

2000 - Space shuttle Endeavor and its crew of six return to Earth with more than a week's worth of radar images that will be transformed into the finest maps of the planet.

2001 - In a landmark human-rights decision, the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia finds three Bosnian Serb soldiers guilty of raping, torturing and enslaving Muslim women during the 1991-95 ethnic conflicts between the Serbs, Croats and Muslims in Bosnia.

2002 - Angolan officials say government troops killed Jonas Savimbi, leader of the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), in a gun battle between soldiers and members of the rebel group.

2005 - Icelandic immigration authorities agree to grant the former American chess champion Bobby Fischer a special passport for foreigners that would allow him to travel to Western Europe.

2006 - Insurgents disguised as police trigger bombs inside one of Iraq's most famous Shiite shrines, destroying its golden dome and triggering reprisal attacks on Sunni mosques.

2007 - The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency announces findings that Iran has expanded its uranium enrichment program instead of complying with a U.N. Security Council ultimatum to freeze it, clearing the way for harsher sanctions against Tehran.

2008 - Turkish troops launch a ground incursion across the border into Iraq in pursuit of separatist Kurdish rebels, escalating Turkey's conflict with the militants.

2009 - European leaders mount a united front against a global economic crisis, proposing stricter market regulations and caps on executive salaries.

2010 - A former airport shuttle driver accused of buying beauty supplies to make bombs for an attack on New York City subways pleads guilty, admitting he agreed to conduct an al-Qaida-led "martyrdom plan" because of U.S. involvement in his native Afghanistan.

2011 - Two Iranian warships sail from the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean, the first such trip in at least three decades, eliciting Israeli charges that Tehran is seeking to dominate the Middle East.

2012 - Syrian gunners pound an opposition stronghold in a barrage that kills a veteran American-born correspondent and a French photojournalist -- two of 74 deaths reported that day in the country.

2013 - Egypt's president sets parliamentary elections to begin in April -- a decision that an opposition leader denounces as a "recipe for disaster" because of the continuing turmoil in the country.

Today's Birthdays:

George Washington, first U.S. president (1732-1799); Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860); Frederick Chopin, Polish composer (1810-1849); John Mills, British actor (1908-2005); Jonathan Demme, U.S. director (1944--); Drew Barrymore, U.S. actress (1975--); James Blunt, British singer (1977--).

Thought For Today:

Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish -- Anne Bradstreet, American poet (1612-1672).

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