Today is Friday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2019. There are 312 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Actor Paul Dooley is 91. Actress Julie Walters is 69. Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving is 69. Former White House adviser David Axelrod is 64. Actor Kyle MacLachlan is 60. Golf Hall of Famer Vijay Singh is 56. Actress-comedian Rachel Dratch is 53. Tennis Hall of Famer Michael Chang is 47. Singer James Blunt is 45. Actress Drew Barrymore is 44.
In 1630, English colonists in the Massachusetts Bay Colony first sampled popcorn brought to them by a Native American named Quadequina for a Thanksgiving celebration.
In 1732, the first president, George Washington, was born in Virginia Colony.
In 1862, Jefferson Davis, already the provisional president of the Confederacy, was inaugurated for a six-year term following his election.
In 1909, the Great White Fleet, a naval task force sent on a round-the-world voyage by President Theodore Roosevelt, returned after a year at sea.
In 1959, the inaugural Daytona 500 race was held; although Johnny Beauchamp was initially declared the winner, the victory was later awarded to Lee Petty.
In 1935, it became illegal for airplanes to fly over the White House.
In 1987, pop artist Andy Warhol died at age 58.
In 1997, scientists in Scotland revealed they had succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named ‘‘Dolly.’’ (Dolly, however, was put down after a short life marred by premature aging.)
In 2009, ‘‘Slumdog Millionaire’’ won best picture and seven other Academy Awards; the late Heath Ledger won the best supporting actor for ‘‘The Dark Knight.’’
In 2014, retired Pope Benedict XVI joined Pope Francis in a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica creating the cardinals who will elect their successor in an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present, and future.
Last year, defying his supporters in the National Rifle Association, President Trump said the nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21. A grand jury indicted Missouri Governor Eric Greitens on a felony charge of invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015.