This day in history

Saturday, Feb. 22, is the 53d day of 2014. There are 312 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Announcer Don Pardo is 96. Movie director Jonathan Demme is 70. Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving is 64. Actor Kyle MacLachlan is 55. Actress-comedian Rachel Dratch is 48. Actress Drew Barrymore is 39. Singer James Blunt is 37.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first radio broadcast from the White House as he addressed the country over 42 stations.


In 1959, the inaugural Daytona 500 auto race was held.

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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.)

In 1984, David Vetter, a 12-year-old Texas boy who’d spent most of his life in a plastic bubble because he had no immunity to disease, died 15 days after being removed from the bubble for a bone-marrow transplant.

In 2013, the Justice Department joined a lawsuit against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong alleging the seven-time Tour de France champion had concealed his use of performance-enhancing drugs and defrauded his longtime sponsor, the US Postal Service.