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On This Day — February 22nd

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February 22nd is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 312 days remaining until the end of the year (313 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (58 in 400 years each) than on Saturday or Sunday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Thursday (56).

Historical Events:

1943 – Members of the White Rose resistance, Sophie Scholl, Hans Scholl, and Christoph Probst are executed in Nazi Germany.

1944 – American aircraft mistakenly bomb the Dutch towns of Nijmegen, Arnhem, Enschede and Deventer, resulting in 800 dead in Nijmegen alone.

1983 – The notorious Broadway flop Moose Murders opens and closes on the same night at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.

1997 – In Roslin, Midlothian, British scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly has been successfully cloned.

2006 – At least six men stage Britain’s biggest robbery, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or €78 million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.

Celebrity Births:

Actress Drew Barrymore turns 43

Singer Lea Salonga turns 47

The Vampire Diaries Actor Zach Roerig turns 33

Singer-Songwriter James Blunt turns 44

Actress Julie Walters turns 68

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