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US hockey team defeats USSR in ‘Miracle on Ice’ – Chicago Tribune

Today is Thursday, February 22nd, the 53rd day of 2024. There are 313 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On February 22, 1980, the “Miracle on Ice” occurred in Lake Placid, New York, as the United States Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets 4-3. (The USA team won the gold medal.)

On this date:

In 1630, English colonists in the Massachusetts Bay Colony first tasted popcorn, brought to them by a Native American named Quadequina for Thanksgiving celebrations.

In 1732, George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born in Westmoreland County in the Colony of Virginia.

In 1784, the Empress of China, a US merchant ship, left New York for the Far East to trade goods with China.

In 1935, planes were banned from flying over the White House.

In 1959, the first Daytona 500 race was held; Although Johnny Beauchamp was initially declared the winner, the victory was later awarded to Lee Petty.

In 1967, more than 25,000 U.S. and South Vietnamese soldiers launched Operation Junction City, aiming to destroy a Vietcong stronghold near the Cambodian border. (Although the communists were expelled, they later returned.)

In 1987, pop artist Andy Warhol died in a New York City hospital at the age of 58.

In 1997, scientists in Scotland announced that they had succeeded in cloning an adult mammal and produced a lamb named “Dolly”. (But Dolly was later put down after a short life marred by premature aging and illness.)

Najibullah Zazi, accused of buying beauty products to make bombs for the 2010 attack on New York subways, has pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. (Zazi faced a life sentence, but after his arrest he spent almost a decade helping the United States identify and prosecute terrorists; he was given a 10-year sentence and then released on supervised release.)

In 2016, North Carolina’s Charlotte City Council voted 7-4 to pass a new law allowing transgender people to choose public restrooms that match their gender identity.

In 2017, the Trump administration repealed federal guidance that said transgender students should be allowed to use public school restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

In 2020, Bernie Sanders consolidated his position as the Democratic frontrunner with a resounding win in the presidential caucuses in Nevada.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of deaths due to Covid-19 in the United States in 2021 exceeded 500,000.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Paul Dooley 96, Actor James Hong 95, Actor John Ashton 76, Actor Miou-Miou 74, Actor Julie Walters 74, Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving 74, Actor Ellen Greene 73. Former Senator Bill Frist, R -Tenn., 72 years old. Former White House advisor David Axelrod is 69 years old. Actor Kyle MacLachlan is 65. World Golf Hall of Fame member Vijay Singh is 61. Actor-comedian Rachel Dratch is 58. Actor Paul Lieberstein 57. Actor Jeri Ryan 56. Actor Thomas Jane 55. TV host Clinton Kelly 55. Actor Tamara Mello 54. Actor-singer Lea Salonga 53. Actor Jose Solano 53. International Tennis Hall of Fame member Michael Chang 52 years old Rock musician Scott Phillips is 51. Singer James Blunt is 50. Actor Drew Barrymore is 49. Actor Liza Huber is 49. Rock singer Tom Higgenson (Plain White T’s) is 45. Rock musician Joe Hottinger (Halestorm) is 42. Actor Zach Roerig is 39 years old.

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