This Day in History on 22nd February

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 22nd February. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

  • World Thinking Day
  • Independence Day of Saint Lucia.( Gain independence from UK)

Important Events

1819: Spain sold Florida to the United States for 5 million.

1845: Serampore and Balasore were bought by the British East India Company from the Dutch East India Company.

1942: World War II- US President Roosevelt ordered the withdrawal of General Douglas MacArthur, as defeat by the Japanese forces in the Philippines seems inevitable.

1948: Communist revolution in Czechoslovakia.

1978: Yashwant Vishnu Chandrachud became the 16th Chief Justice of India.

1979, 22nd Feb: St. Lucia gained independence from Britain.

Egypt & Syria join to form the Arab Republic.

2009: Slumdog millionaire win 8 Oscars.

Birthday / Anniversary

1732: George Washington, an American political leader and the first president of the United States.

1788: Arthur Schopenhauer, a German philosopher.

1857: Heinrich Hertz, a German physicist.

1857: Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of the worldwide Scout Movement.

1863: Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiyar X, the maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore.

1884: Bhopal Singh, the ruler of the Indian princely state of Udaipur.

1885: Jatindra Mohan Sengupta, an Indian revolutionary.

1889: Sahajanand Saraswati, an ascetic, a nationalist, and a peasant leader of India.

1892: Indulal Kanaiyalal Yagnik, an Indian independence activist.

1902: Friedrich Strassmann, a German chemist.

1906: Sohan Lal Dwivedi, an Indian poet, Gandhian, and freedom fighter.

1913: Mirza Hameedullah Beg, the 15th Chief Justice of India.

1922: Sayed Haider Raza, an Indian painter.

1964: Sooraj Barjatya, an Indian film director.

1964: Ed Boon, an American video game programmer.

1975: Drew Barrymore, an American actress.

Sir Muhammad Ekbal, writer of Song “Sare Jahanse Achha”, was born.

Death / Death Anniversary

1512: Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian merchant, explorer, and navigator, from whose name the terms America and Americas are derived.

1815: Smithson Tennant, an English chemist.

1827: Charles Willson Peale, an American painter, soldier, scientist, inventor, politician, and naturalist.

1944: Kasturba Gandhi, an Indian political activist, and wife of Mahatma Gandhi.

1958: Maulana Abul Kalam, an Indian scholar, Islamic theologian, independence activist, and a senior leader of the Indian National Congress.

1982: Josh Malihabadi, a Pakistani Urdu poet.

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History

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