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 This day in History - February 22
476 Historic Events for February 22
1971

Lt Gen Hafiz al-Assad becomes President of Syria

Event
1971

Barry Smith, 100m/200m runner

Birth
1971

Matt McHugh, actor (Taxi, Freaks, Barbary Coast), dies at 77

Death
1971

Barry Macollum, actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 81

Death
1972

Walter Sande, actor (Adventures of Tugboat Annie), dies at 65

Death
1972

Michael Chang, Hoboken NJ, tennis star (1989 French Open)

Birth
1972

President Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai in Beijing

Event
1972

Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Amir and Prime Minister of Qatar

Event
1972

Christin Didier, Miss USA-Montana (1997)

Birth
1973

Kimberly Davies, Melbourne Aust, actress (Baywatch)

Birth
1973

James Christensen, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons)

Birth
1973

Kate Sage, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-96)

Birth
1973

Ntala Skinner, Sun Valley Idaho, biathelete (Olympics-1994)

Birth
1973

US and China agree to establish liaison offices in Beijing and Wash DC

Event
1973

Elizabeth Bowen, Anglo-Irish novelist (Cat Jumps), dies in Lond at 73

Death
1973

Katina Paxinou, actress (For Whom the Bell Tolls, Zita), dies at 72

Death
1973

Winthrop Rockefeller, US governor (Arkansas), dies at 60

Death
1974

Ethiopian police shoot at demonstrators

Event
1974

Kyoko Nagatsuka, Shizuoka Prefecture Japan, tennis star (1996 Hobart)

Birth
1974

Aaron Gavey, Sudbury, NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Birth
1975

Gregory Maddalone, Schenectady NY, dance skater (and Demkowski)

Birth
1975

Charles O'Bannon, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)

Birth
1975

Drew Barrymore, LA Calif, actress (ET, Firestarter, Poison Ivy)

Birth
1976

Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies of a heart attack at 32

Death
1976

Michael Polany, Hungarians/English chemist/sociologist, dies at 84

Death