Friday, Feb. 22, is the 53d day of 2013. There are 312 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Announcer Don Pardo is 95. Actor Paul Dooley is 85. Singer Marni Nixon is 83. Director Jonathan Demme is 69. Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving is 63. Actress Ellen Greene is 62. Former Senator Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) is 61. White House adviser David Axelrod is 58. Actor Kyle MacLachlan is 54. Golf Hall of Famer Vijay Singh is 50. Comedian Rachel Dratch is 47. Actress Jeri Ryan is 45. Actor Thomas Jane is 44. Singer-actress Lea Salonga is 42. Tennis Hall of Famer Michael Chang is 41. Actress Drew Barrymore is 38. Singer James Blunt is 36.
In 1732, the first president of the United States, George Washington, was born in Westmoreland County in the Virginia Colony.
In 1865, Tennessee adopted a new constitution which included the abolition of slavery.
In 1935, it became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House.
In 1959, the inaugural Daytona 500 was held; Johnny Beauchamp was declared the winner, but the victory was later awarded to Lee Petty.
In 1967, US and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation Junction City, aimed at smashing a Vietcong stronghold. (The communists were driven out, but they later returned.)
In 1973, the United States and China agreed to establish liaison offices.
In 1980, the ‘‘Miracle on Ice’’ took place in Lake Placid, N.Y., as the United States Olympic hockey team upset the Soviets, 4-3. (The US team went on to win the gold medal.)