This Day in History

Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2007

In Alaska

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• In 1972, Juneau-Douglas Community College on Fifth Street was destroyed by fire. Kluane, Nehanni, and Baffin Islands national parks were established.

• In 1975, Anchorage police nearly panicked at the report of the theft of a Boeing 720B airplane from the Anchorage International Airport. But calm returned when it was learned the airplane was a model airplane stolen from Western Airlines.

In the nation

• In 1819, Spain agreed to cede Florida to the U.S. under the Adams-Onis Treaty.

• In 1889, President Grover Cleveland signed an omnibus bill to admit the Dakotas, Montana and Washington state to the Union.

• In 1935, it became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House.

• In 1980, the U.S. Olympic hockey team upset the Soviets at Lake Placid, N.Y., 4-3. (The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.)

• In 1997, cutbacks began under new welfare law limiting childless adults, under age 50 and able to work, to three months of food stamps in any three-year period.

• In 2002, police in San Diego arrested David Westerfield in connection with the disappearance of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam. (Westerfield was later sentenced to death for Danielle's murder.)

• In 2006, 8 workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant came forward to claim a $365 million Powerball jackpot.

In the world

• In 1892, "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde was first performed, at London's St. James's Theater.

• In 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.

• In 1973, the U.S. and Communist China agreed to establish liaison offices.

• In 2002, the Angolan army and government announced the killing of UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi.

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