Today (February 22), we celebrate the birthday of George Washington, born in 1732. He was pretty sickly during his life – suffering from malaria, smallpox, pleurisy and dysentery, all before he was 30. He almost drowned twice when he fell into an icy river on his way back from an expedition to a French fort in northwestern Pennsylvania.
The story of how he cut down a cherry tree with his new axe never happened. It was made up by a biographer years after he died.