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Today in history: February 22
George Washington was born on this date in 1732, and more
George Washington declines to accept terms, after the siege of Yorktown, from British General Charles Cornwallis, (left), who eventually surrendered.
George Washington declines to accept terms, after the siege of Yorktown, from British General Charles Cornwallis, (left), who eventually surrendered. Three Lions/Getty Images

February 22

On this day. 1732: George Washington was born. He was the first president of the United States, serving between 1789-97. Washington was also the commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War from 1775-83. Because of his significant role in the American revolution and in the formation of the United States, Washington is often referred to as "Father of His Country." A few misconceptions about George Washington: The famous "cherry tree incident" never happened, and he never had wooden teeth (he wore a series of dentures made from metal and cow or hippotamus bone.)

On this day. 1974: A man attempted to hijack a plane flying out of Baltimore-Washington Airport and crash into the White House. The attempted hijacking left a police officer and pilot dead. The suspect, Samuel Byck, said he wanted to kill President Nixon. Byck, who called his plot "Operation Pandora Box," committed suicide. The attempted hijacking — the second aviation scare involving the White House in less than a week — prompted Secret Service to upgrade White House air defense systems.

Quote of the day

"Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive." -George Washington


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