Friday, February 22, 2008

Today in History: February 22

  • 1632 Galileo publishes his Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, about the heliocentric and Ptolemaic solar systems.
  • 1732 George Washington born; leader of the Revolutionary Army, First President.
  • 1857 German physicist Heinrich Hertz born; first to broadcast and receive radio waves.
  • 1930 American singer Marni Nixon born; singing voice for numerous Hollywood films: Deborah Kerr in The King and I (1956), Natalie Wood as Maria in West Side Story (1961), Audrey Hepburn as Eliza in My Fair Lady (1964).
  • 1946 Dr Selman Waksman announces the first antibiotic, streptomycin, effective for tuberculosis.
  • 1958 United Arab Republic is created by Syria merging with Egypt; First modern attempt at a pan-Arab superstate; Syria seceded in 1961; Egypt dropped the UAR name in 1971.
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