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This Day In History: Feb. 22

Today is the 53rd day of 2008 and the 63rd day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1819, Spain signed a treaty turning eastern Florida over to the United States. In 1879, F. W. Woolworth opened his first store. In 1992, the UN Security Council approved the creation of a war crimes tribunal to address atrocities committed in the former Yugoslavia's civil war. In 1997, Scottish scientists announced that they had cloned the first mammal from an adult, "Dolly" the sheep.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: George Washington (1732-1799), soldier/1st U.S. president; Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), philosopher; Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), composer; Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), poet; Edward (Ted) Kennedy (1932- ), U.S. senator, is 76; Julius Erving (1950- ), basketball player, is 58; Drew Barrymore (1975- ), actress, is 33.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1980, in the so-called "Miracle on Ice," the U.S. Olympic hockey team upset the Soviet Union, 4-3, in Lake Placid, NY.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation." - George Washington

TODAY'S FACT: Like Mozart, Chopin was considered a musical prodigy in childhood; by the age of 7 he had composed two simple marches.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 119 - number of years Woolworth operated its F.W. Woolworth five-and-dimes until closing its last 400 stores in 1997.

TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (February 20) and last quarter (February 28).

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