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FEBRUARY 22
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president of United States
born
February 22, 1732
Westmoreland, Virginia
(Born on this day)
died
December 14, 1799 (aged 67)
Mount Vernon, Virginia

Born on This Day

1975
Drew Barrymore
American actress, producer, and director
1962
Steve Irwin
Australian wildlife conservationist and television personality
1950
Julius Erving
American basketball player
1932
Ted Kennedy
United States senator
1788
Arthur Schopenhauer
German philosopher

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