2022 February

February 22: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on February 22

February 22nd observes Be Humble Day and Cook a Sweet Potato Day.

We are now on the 53rd day of the year, congratulations for making it this far into 2022. There are 312 days left until next year.

This day may have been a shady day in Britain with one of the country’s biggest crimes in its history taking place, but it has also been a day of great discovery and advancement.

Did you know that on this day in 1997, the Roslin Institute in Scotland successfully cloned an adult sheep? The sheep Dolly was cloned from the cell of a 6-year-old ewe.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about February 22nd in history!

What Events Happened On February 22 In History?


Malaysia’s leader created uproar when he announced he favors quinoa over the national dish of rice.


Analysis of 65,000-year-old cave paintings in Spain revealed that Neanderthals were the first artists long before humans.

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These paintings were made tens of thousands of years before humans arrived.

Transgender people were no longer allowed to use public toilets after Obama’s rule was rebuked by Donald Trump.


NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope discovered a star with seven Earth-sized planets orbiting it.

On this day it was announced in "Nature" Magazine that three of the planets were within a habitable zone.

The UK’s biggest robbery happened where at least six thieves stole £53 million.

That's equivalent to $92.5 million, and it was stolen from the Securitas Depot, Tonbridge, Kent, UK. The robbery took 7 hours, and more than 37 arrests were made in conjunction with the event.

The first cloned animal from an adult animal cell was announced.

OTD in 1997: The first cloned animal from an adult animal cell was announced.
The Roslin Institute in Scotland successfully cloned, Dolly, a sheep.

Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” debuted on the music charts. It is known as his first hit song.


Planes were banned from passing over the White House.

But it wasn't for safety concerns. President Franklin D. Roosevelt banned air traffic crossing the White House so he could get a good night's sleep!

Oscar Wilde’s “Lady Windermere” premiered at St James Theatre, London, UK.


A 3,500 year-old Ancient Egyptian obelisk called “Cleopatra’s Needle” was erected in Central Park, New York, US.

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King Charles VIII of France entered Naples to claim the city’s throne.


Robert Stewart ascended to the Scottish throne, marking the beginning of the House of Stewart.

When Robert's uncle, King David II, died without an heir, Robert was the next in line for the throne. After being crowned, he was known as Robert II of Scotland. The House of Stewart later became the House of Stuart and lasted until 1714.

February 22 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Everyone who was born on February 22 shares the same zodiac sign, Pisces.

Pisceans are good listeners. They’re able to listen to others closely with empathy and understanding.

People born in February all have the Amethyst birthstone. Amethyst signifies peace, serenity, and royalty. Wearing this birthstone during this month can help strengthen relationships and provide courage when it’s needed.

For those of you who were born on Feb 22, you were likely conceived the previous year on June 1.

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Steve Irwin? See what other famous people were born on this day.

Famous People Born On February 22

Miko Hughes

Miko Hughes

American Actor
Birthday: February 22, 1986
Age: 35 years old
Born In: California, USA
Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

American Actress
Birthday: February 22, 1975
Age: 46 years old
Born In: California, USA
James Blunt

James Blunt

English Singer
Birthday: February 22, 1974
Age: 47 years old
Born In: England, United Kingdom
Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin

Australian Zookeeper
Birthday: February 22, 1962
Died On: Sep 4, 2006 (Age 44)
Born In: Victoria, Australia

Special Holidays On February 22nd

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

February 22: Be Humble Day

Be Humble Day

It sure feels good to boast about all of the incredible successes we achieve in our lives. But sometimes practicing humility can be a good thing too! Today is Be Humble Day, so why not celebrate by appreciating other people's achievements rather than our own?

February 22: National Cook a Sweet Potato Day

National Cook a Sweet Potato Day

Can you even remember the last time you cooked a sweet potato, how you cooked it, or what it even tasted like? Cook a Sweet Potato Day is about raising awareness of this nutritious yet delicious root, but most importantly it’s a great excuse to cook and eat some!

Did you know that on this day, February 22nd 1997, the Roslin Institute in Scotland successfully cloned an adult sheep?