February 22 in Pop Culture History
February 22nd is…
Be Humble Day was created to encourage people to reflect on their attitudes and actions and to promote humility and self-awareness in their daily lives. Humility is often considered a desirable trait, as it can help people to be more open-minded, empathetic, and grounded in their relationships with others. By recognizing and celebrating “Be Humble Day,” people may be reminded to take a step back and practice humility in their interactions with the world around them.
Cook a Sweet Potato Day: A day to celebrate the sweet potato and its many health benefits and to encourage people to try new recipes featuring this versatile vegetable.
George Washington’s Birthday: A day to honor the first President of the United States, George Washington, and his contributions to the country.
Margarita Day is a celebration of the iconic and beloved tequila-based cocktail. The exact origins of the margarita are unclear, but it is believed to have originated in the late 1930s or early 1940s, either in Mexico or the United States. A classic margarita typically contains three ingredients: tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. These ingredients are blended or shaken with ice and served in a salt-rimmed glass. The tequila provides the base alcohol flavor, the triple sec adds sweetness, and the lime juice gives the drink its tangy taste. Some margarita variations may also include other ingredients, such as fruit juices, syrups, or bitters, to add different flavors and styles to the drink. The proportions of the ingredients may also vary, depending on personal preference or regional variations.
Recreational Sports and Fitness Day is a day to promote the importance of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. The day aims to encourage people to incorporate sports and fitness activities into their daily routine and to celebrate the benefits of staying active, including improved physical and mental health, increased energy levels, and reduced stress. The day can be celebrated by participating in a favorite recreational sport or fitness activity, trying something new, or simply encouraging others to stay active and healthy.
Single Tasking Day is a day to promote the importance of focusing on one task at a time instead of multitasking. The day aims to encourage people to prioritize and give their full attention to the task at hand, which can improve productivity and creativity and reduce stress levels.
Supermarket Employee Day is a day to recognize, honor and celebrate the hard work of supermarket employees. Today is the perfect day to pay tribute to supermarket employees and all they do!
Walking the Dog Day: A day to recognize the benefits of walking with your dog, both for the dog and the owner.
National Wildlife Day is attributed to wildlife conservationist and artist Ellie Phipps Price. She founded the holiday on February 22nd, 2005, to honor the memory of her late son Steve Irwin, an Australian wildlife expert and TV personality, who died from a stingray injury. National Wildlife Day aims to raise awareness and educate people about the importance of wildlife conservation and the need to protect and preserve endangered species.
World Thinking Day is celebrated annually on February 22nd. It is a day for members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to come together and think about global issues, from poverty to climate change.
1620 – Popcorn was introduced to the English colonists by an Indian named Quadequina.
1632 – Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems was published.
1759 – Today is the day that middle-class 27-year-old George Washington married rich widow (also 27) Martha Dandridge Custis and became a wealthy man (he was already a war hero).
1819 – Spanish minister Do Luis de Onis and U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams signed the Florida Purchase Treaty, giving the United States control of all of Florida.
1855 – Pennsylvania State University was founded in State College, Pennsylvania (as the Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania)
1879 – The first F.W. Woolworth’s 5 & Dime opened in Utica, NY. It became the first chain store.
1892 – Lady Windermere’s Fan, by Oscar Wilde, was first performed at the St James’s Theatre in London.
1924 – President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
1934 – It Happened One Night premiered in theaters.
1956 – Elvis Presley debuted on the music charts with Heartbreak Hotel.
1959 – Lee Petty defeated Johnny Beauchamp in a photo finish at the brand-new Daytona International Speedway in Florida to win the first-ever Daytona 500.
1960 – # 1 Hit February 22, 1960 – April 24, 1960: Percy Faith – Theme from ‘A Summer Place.’
1974 – Samuel Byck unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon.
1975 – # 1 Hit February 22, 1975 – February 28, 1975: Average White Band – Pick Up the Pieces
1978 – Rock band The Police appeared in a television commercial for Wrigley’s chewing gum
1980 – The ‘Miracle on Ice’ – The US Men’s Hockey Team won a 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Two days later, the Americans went on to beat Finland and take home the gold medal.
1990 – Best New Artist Grammy was awarded to song and dance performers in Milli Vanilli.
1997 – # 1 Hit February 22, 1997 – March 21, 1997: Spice Girls – Wannabe
2006 – iTunes sold its BILLIONTH music download. 16-year-old Alex Ostrovsky of West Bloomfield bought “Speed of Sound” by Coldplay. He later got a phone call from Steve Jobs and won a lot of iPod and Mac stuff.
2006 – At least six men staged Britain’s biggest bank robbery, stealing 92 million American dollars from a security depot in Tonbridge, Kent.