Historical Events on 23rd February

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303 - Emperor Diocletian orders general persecution of Christians
1455 - Johannes Gutenberg prints 1st book, Bible (estimated date)
1574 - France begins 5th holy war against Huguenots
1660 - Charles XI becomes king of Sweden
1668 - Fire in Wiener Hofburg in Vienna, emperor Leopold I rescued
1672 - Joan Blaeus publishers destroyed by fire in Amsterdam
1689 - Dutch prince William III proclaimed king of England
1778 - Baron von Steuben joins Continental Army at Valley Forge
1792 - Joseph Haydn's 94th Symphony in G, premieres
1792 - Humane Society of Massachusetts incorporated (erected life-saving stations for distressed mariners)
1804 - Conspirators against Napoleon, for restoration of Louis XVIII
1813 - 1st US raw cotton-to-cloth mill founded in Waltham, Mass
1820 - Cato Street conspiracy uncovered
1821 - College of Apothecaries organized in Phil; 1st US pharmacy college
1822 - Boston is incorporated as a city
1836 - Alamo besieged for 13 days until 6th March by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed
1846 - Polish revolutionaries march on Cracow, but are defeated
1847 - Battle of Buena Vista Mexico; Zachary Taylor defeats Mexicans
1854 - Great-Britain & Orange Free state sign Convention of Bloemfontein
1861 - By popular referendum, Texas becomes 7th state to secede from US
1861 - Dutch Premier Floris A van Hall resigns
1861 - Pres-elect Lincoln arrives secretly in Wash DC to take office
1869 - Louisiana governor signs public accommodations law
1870 - Mississippi is readmitted to US
1874 - Mjr Walter Winfield patents game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)
1883 - Alabama becomes 1st US state to enact an antitrust law
1883 - American Anti-Vivisection Society organized (Phila)
1886 - Aluminum manufacturing process developed
1886 - London Times publishes world's 1st classified ad
1886 - Tsjaikovski's symphony "Manfred," premieres
1887 - Congress grants Seal Rocks to SF
1887 - French/Italian Riviera struck by Earthquake; 2,000 die
1892 - 1st college student government forms at Bryn Mawr Penn
1894 - Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA's awarded cup by trustees as Ottawa refuses to travel to Toronto to play
1895 - Jaap Eden skates world record 10km (17:56)
1895 - William Heard, AME minister & educator, named minister to Liberia
1896 - Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield
1898 - In France, Emile Zola is imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing government of anti-Semitism & wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus
1900 - Battle at Hart's Hill, South-Africa (Boers vs British army)
1900 - Steamer "Rio de Janeiro" sinks in SF Bay
1903 - Cuban state of Guantanamo leased to USA
1904 - US acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
1905 - Rotary Club International formed by 4 men in Chicago
1906 - Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
Absolute monarch Nicholas IIAbsolute monarch Nicholas II 1909 - Russian Tsar Nicholas II dissolves Finnish Diet
1910 - 1st radio contest held (Philadelphia)
1910 - George Bernard Shaw's "Misalliance," premieres in London
1915 - Germany sinks US ships Carib & Evelyn & torpedoes Norwegian ship Regin
1915 - Nevada enforces convenient divorce law
1916 - Congress authorizes McKinley Memorial $1 gold coin
1916 - French artillery kills entire French 72nd division at Samogneux Verdun
1917 - February revolution begins in Russia
1918 - First victory of Red Army over the Kaiser's German troops near Narva and Pskov. Since 1923 this date become the Day of Red Army in honour of this victory.
1919 - Fascist Party forms in Italy by Benito Mussolini
1921 - 1st US transcontinental air mail flight arrives in NYC from San Francisco
1923 - German Republic day with laws against worker
1923 - Great Britain lowers import duty on German products from 26% to 5%
1927 - Pres Calvin Coolidge creates Federal Radio Commission (FRC)
1934 - Casey Stengel becomes manager of Brooklyn Dodgers
30th US President Calvin Coolidge30th US President Calvin Coolidge 1934 - Coronation of King Leopold III of Belgium
1936 - 1st rocket air mail flight, Greenwood Lake, NY
1938 - Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
1939 - Lou Thesz beats E Marshall in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
1939 - 11th Academy Awards - "You Can’t Take It With You," Spencer Tracy & Bette Davis wins
1940 - Russian troops conquer Lasi Island
1940 - Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio," released
1941 - Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.
1942 - Japanese sub fires on oil refinery in Ellwood, Calif
1943 - Gen-Maj Bradley arrives in Dakar & Marrakesh
1943 - German troops pull back through Kasserine-pass Tunisia
1944 - Forced deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people to Central Asia.
1945 - 2nd Dutch government of Gerbrandy forms in London
1945 - Canadian troops occupy Kalkar
1945 - Operation Grenade: Gen Simpsons 9th Army crosses Ruhr
Actress Bette DavisActress Bette Davis 1945 - US Marines raise flag on Iwo Jima, famous photo & statue
1947 - Gen Eisenhower opens drive to raise $170M in aid for European Jews
1954 - 1st mass inoculation with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)
1954 - Syrian army drives out president Adib el-Shishakli
1955 - Edgar Faure forms French government
1956 - 20th Congress of CPSU closes in Moscow
1957 - "Mr Wonderful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 383 performances
1957 - The founding congress of the Senegalese Popular Bloc is opened in Dakar.
1958 - 5-time world driving champion Juan Fangio kidnapped by Cuban rebels
1958 - Arturo Frondizi elected president of Argentina
1958 - Last Municipal arc light, Mission & 25th removed (installed in 1913)
1958 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1959 - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
1959 - KVIE TV channel 6 in Sacramento-Stockton, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
1960 - Demolition begins on Brooklyn's Ebbets Field (opened in 1913)
1962 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1964 - Charlie Finley signs a 4 year lease to keep A's in Kansas City
1965 - Constance Baker Motley elected Manhattan Borough president
1966 - Military coup in Syria ends Bitar government
1966 - Premier Obote grabs power in Uganda
1967 - 25th amendment (US Presidential succession) adopted
1967 - John Herbert's "Fortune & Men's Eyes," premieres in NYC
1967 - Ted Workman replaces Senator Keith Davey as CFL commissioner
1967 - US troops begin largest offensive of Vietnam War
1968 - Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points
1969 - Nayif Hawatimah forms Dem People's Front for Liberation of Palestine
1969 - WWVU (now WNPB) TV channel 24 in Morgantown, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast
1970 - Guyana becomes a republic (National Day)
1970 - Holy Eucharist given by women for 1st time in Roman Catholic service
1971 - Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak
1971 - George Harrison is fined & his driving license is suspended for 1 year
1971 - Lt Calley confessed & implicates Captain Medina
1973 - Gold goes up $10 overnight to record $95 an ounce in London
1974 - Teri Garr appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Confessions of an Orth"
1975 - Amy Alcott wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1975 - In response to the energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly two months early in the United States.
1976 - Owners announce spring training won't open without a labor contract
1978 - 20th Grammy Awards: Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac, Debbie Boone wins
1979 - "Sarava" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 140 performances
1979 - Frank Peterson Jr named 1st black general in Marine Corps
1979 - George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album
1980 - 13th Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, NY
1980 - Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics
1980 - France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1980 - Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-mil-gallon spill
1981 - People mag features drug ordeal of Mackenzie & Papa John Phillips
1981 - Spanish coup under lt-col Antonio Tejero Molina fails
1982 - Michael Frayn's "Noises Off," premieres in London
1983 - 25th Grammy Awards: Roxanna, Toto IV, Men at Work wins
1983 - USFL NJ Generals sign Heisman winner Herschel Walker (3 years-$5 mil)
1983 - The Spanish Socialist government of Felipe González and Miguel Boyer nationalizes Rumasa, a holding of José María Ruiz Mateos.
1983 - The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.
1985 - Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game
1985 - US Senate confirms Edwin Meese III as attorney general
1986 - Despite losing, Red Sox Wade Boggs gets largest arbitration ($1.35M)
1986 - Mary Beth Zimmerman wins LPGA Standard Register/Samaritan Golf Classic
1986 - Nelli Fiere-Cooman runs world record 60 m indoor (7.00 sec)
1987 - Dick Howser retires from managing KC Royals, due to brain tumor
1987 - Russian Writers Union accepts Boris Pasternak posthumous as member
1987 - Supernova 1987A in LMC 1st seen; 1st naked-eye supernova since 1604
1988 - Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights & play up to 18 night games
1988 - Yvonne van Gennip skates female record 3k (4:11.94)
1990 - Ian Smith 173* NZ v India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat
1991 - Greg Haugen scores a split decision over Hector "Macho" Camacho
1991 - Military coup in Thailand, Premier Choonhaven arrested
1991 - NC is 1st NCAA basketball team to win 1,500 games
1991 - Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1991 - US insists Iraq publicly announce it is leaving Kuwait by 12 PM EST
1992 - 16th Winter Olympic games closes in Albertville, France
1992 - Andy Flower scores 115* on ODI debut, Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka
1992 - World Cup scoreline Zimbabwe 4-312, Sri Lanka 7-313
1992 - The Socialist Labour Party is founded in Georgia.
1993 - Gary Coleman wins $1,280,000 lawsuit against parents for high fees
1993 - India complete a 3-0 series drubbing of England
1993 - Sacramento Gold Miners admitted as CFL's 9th franchise (1st US team)
1994 - Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces he will pay $10 million to name baseball field (Jacobs Field) at Gateway (becomes official 3/23)
1995 - "Uncle Vanya" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
1995 - Antoine Nduwayo appointed Premier of Burundi
1995 - Dow Jones closes above 4,000 for 1st time (4,003.33)
1996 - Mark Waugh scores 130 in World Cup vs Kenya, 207 w/brother Steve
1996 - Rajindra Dhanraj takes 9-97 for Trinidad against Leeward Islands
1997 - Ali Abu Kamal opens fire in Empire State Building & kills 1
1997 - American Express Senior Golf Invitational
1997 - Jeff Sluman wins Tucson Golf Classic
1997 - NBC TV shows "Schindler's List," completely uncensored, 65M watch
1997 - Tucson Chrysler Golf Classic
1997 - Scientists in Scotland announced they succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named "Dolly"
1998 - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston SC on WAVF 96.1 FM
1998 - Supreme Court lets Megan's Law stand
1998 - Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31
Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin LadenIslamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden 1998 - Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.
1999 - Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
1999 - An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31.
1999 - Hip Hop artist Eminem releases his first major record album 'The Slim Shady LP' (Grammy 2000 - Rap album)
2000 - 42nd Grammy Awards: Smooth, Christina Aguilera wins
2003 - 45th Grammy Awards: Don't Know Why, Norah Jones wins
2005 - Slovakia Summit 2005 begins, marking the first occasion when a sitting American President visits Slovakia; George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin are in attendance.
2005 - Vote of the controversial French law on colonialism, repealed start of 2006.
2006 - Dubai Ports World agrees to postpone its plans to take over management of six U.S. ports after the proposal ignited harsh bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill.
2007 - Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
2007 - A train derails on an evening express service near Grayrigg, Cumbria, England, killing one person and injuring 22. This results in hundreds of points being checked over the UK after a few similar accidents.
2008 - a B-2 Spirit of the USAF crashes at Guam. The crew survived but the aircraft was written off, making it the most expensive air crash in human history (the aircraft alone cost $1.2Bn). The B-2 had a perfect safety record before the crash; not one B-2 ever crashed.
2008 - 28th Golden Raspberry Awards: I Know Who Killed Me wins
2010 - Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million liters of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, causing an environmental disaster.
2012 - A series of bomb attacks across 12 Iraqi cities kills 60 and injures 200
43rd US President George W. Bush43rd US President George W. Bush 2013 - 51 people are killed and 62 are injured in conflict between rival tribes in Darfur, Sudan
2013 - 33rd Golden Raspberry Awards: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 wins

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