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Twenty years ago, on February 22nd, 1980, the United
States Olympic hockey team upset the
Soviets at Lake Placid, New York, 4-to-3. (The US
team went on to win the gold medal.)
On this date:
In 1732, the first president of the United
States, George Washington, was born at his
parents' plantation in the Virginia Colony.
In 1819, Spain
ceded Florida to the United States.
In 1865, Tennessee
adopted a new constitution abolishing slavery.
In 1879, Frank
Winfield Woolworth opened a five-cent store in
Utica, New York.
In 1889, President
Cleveland signed a bill to admit the Dakotas,
Montana and Washington state to the Union.
"Lady Windermere's Fan," by Oscar
Wilde, was first performed, at London's St.
In 1924, Calvin
Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio
broadcast from the White House.
In 1934, the
romantic comedy "It Happened One
Night," starring Clark Gable and Claudette
Colbert, opened at New York's Radio City Music
In 1973, the
United States and Communist China agreed to
establish liaison offices.
In 1987, pop
artist Andy Warhol died at a New York City
hospital at age 58.
Ten years ago:
Former President Reagan's videotaped testimony
for the trial of former national security adviser
John Poindexter was released in Washington; in
his deposition, Reagan said he never had
"any inkling" his aides were secretly
arming the Nicaraguan Contras.
Five years ago:
France accused four American diplomats and a
fifth US citizen of spying, and asked them to
leave the country. Security forces in Algiers
crushed a prison uprising by Islamic extremists,
resulting in 96 deaths by official count.
One year ago: Levi
Strauss, falling victim to a fashion generation
gap, announced it was closing eleven plants.
"I can resist
everything except temptation."
From "Lady Windermere's Fan," by Oscar