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February 22: Clean Monday/Start of Great Lent (Julian calendar, 2011); Independence Day in Saint Lucia (1979); Feast of Cathedra Petri (Catholicism)

The battleship  Connecticut running trials; the photographer's boat is moments away from  being swamped by the bow wave emanating from the speeding battleship

  • 1744 – War of the Austrian Succession: British ships began attacking the Spanish rear of a Franco-Spanish combined fleet in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast near Toulon, France.
  • 1909 – The sixteen United States Navy battleships of the Great White Fleet, led by Connecticut (pictured), completed a circumnavigation of the globe.
  • 1980 – At the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, the United States ice hockey team defeated the Soviet Union in an unlikely victory that became known as the Miracle on Ice.
  • 1997 – Scientists at the Roslin Institute in Scotland announced the birth of a cloned sheep named Dolly, the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell, seven months after the fact.
  • 2002 – Jonas Savimbi, leader of the Angolan anti-Communist rebel and political party UNITA, was killed in a battle with Angolan government troops.

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