History's February 23
    2016 US primary elections: Nevada Republican Primary - Donald Trump wins with 45.9.5%
    2014 56th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins (145.29 MPH)
    2014 A pro-Euromaidan rally is held in Simferopol, Ukraine, while in Kerch, protesters attempt to replace the Ukrainian flag from city hall with a Russian flag
    2014 22nd Winter Olympic Games close at Sochi, Russia
    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
    2012 A series of bomb attacks across 12 Iraqi cities kills 60 and injures 200
    2011 Venezuela's economy grew 0.6% in the last quarter of 2010, technically leaving the recession after six quarters, it is reported today
    2010 Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million litres of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, causing an environmental disaster.
    2008 28th Golden Raspberry Awards: "I Know Who Killed Me" wins
    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.
    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.
    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.
    2005 Slovakia Summit 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    2005 Vote of the controversial French law on colonialism, repealed start of 2006.
    2003 49th National Film Awards (India): "Dweepa" wins the Golden Lotus
    2003 56th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Pianist" Best Film, Roman Polanski Best Director
    2003 45th Grammy Awards: Don't Know Why, Norah Jones wins
    2001 32nd NAACP Image Awards: "Remember the Titans" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
    2000 42nd Grammy Awards: Smooth, Christina Aguilera wins
    1999 Hip Hop artist Eminem releases his first major record album 'The Slim Shady LP' (Grammy 2000 - Rap album)
    1999 Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
    1999 An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31.
    1998 US Supreme Court lets Megan's Law stand
    1998 Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31
    1998 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston SC on WAVF 96.1 FM
    1998 Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.
    1997 Tucson Chrysler Golf Classic
    1997 Ali Abu Kamal opens fire in Empire State Building & kills 1
    1997 Scientists in Scotland announce they have cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named "Dolly"
    1997 Jeff Sluman wins Tucson Golf Classic
    1997 NBC TV shows "Schindler's List" completely uncensored, 65M watch
    1996 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 9-97 for Trinidad against Leeward Islands
    1996 Mark Waugh scores 130 in World Cup vs Kenya, 207 w/brother Steve
    1996 "Trainspotting" directed by Danny Boyle based on the book by Irvine Welsh, starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller opens in cinemas in the UK and Ireland
    1995 Antoine Nduwayo appointed Premier of Burundi
    1995 "Uncle Vanya" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 29 performances
    1995 Dow Jones closes above 4,000 for 1st time (4,003.33)
    1994 Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces he will pay $10 million to name baseball field (Jacobs Field) at Gateway (becomes official 3/23)
    1993 Gary Coleman wins $1,280,000 lawsuit against parents for high fees
    1993 Sacramento Gold Miners admitted as CFL's 9th franchise (1st US team)
    1993 India complete a 3-0 series drubbing of England
    1992 16th Winter Olympic games closes in Albertville, France
    1992 Andy Flower scores 115* on ODI debut, Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka
    1992 The Socialist Labour Party is founded in Georgia.
    1992 World Cup scoreline Zimbabwe 4-312, Sri Lanka 7-313
    1991 NC is 1st NCAA basketball team to win 1,500 games
    1991 Greg Haugen scores a split decision over Hector "Macho" Camacho
    1991 Military coup in Thailand, Premier Choonhaven arrested
    1991 US insists Iraq publicly announce it is leaving Kuwait by 12 PM EST
    1991 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
    1990 Ian Smith 173* NZ v India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat
    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)
    1987 Supernova 1987A in LMC 1st seen; 1st naked-eye supernova since 1604
    1987 Russian Writers Union accepts Boris Pasternak posthumous as member
    1987 Dick Howser retires from managing KC Royals, due to brain tumor
    1986 Despite losing, Red Sox Wade Boggs gets largest arbitration ($1.35M)
    1986 Nelli Fiere-Cooman runs world record 60 m indoor (7.00 sec)
    1986 Mary Beth Zimmerman wins LPGA Standard Register/Samaritan Golf Classic
    1985 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game
    1985 US Senate confirms Edwin Meese III as attorney general
    1985 Goaltender Patrick Roy makes his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens
    1983 The Spanish Socialist government of Felipe González and Miguel Boyer nationalizes Rumasa, a holding of José María Ruiz Mateos.
    1983 USFL NJ Generals sign Heisman winner Herschel Walker (3 years-$5 mil)
    1983 25th Grammy Awards: Roxanna, Toto IV, Men at Work wins
    1983 The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.
    1982 Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" premieres in London
    1981 Spanish coup under lt-col Antonio Tejero Molina fails
    1981 People mag features drug ordeal of Mackenzie & Papa John Phillips
    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
    1979 George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album
    1979 Frank Peterson Jr named 1st black general in Marine Corps
    1979 "Sarava" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 140 performances
    1978 20th Grammy Awards: Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac, Debbie Boone wins
    1976 Owners announce spring training won't open without a labor contract
    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.
    1974 Teri Garr appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Confessions of an Orthodontist"
    1973 Gold goes up $10 overnight to record $95 an ounce in London
    1971 Lt Calley confessed & implicates Captain Medina
    1971 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak
    1971 George Harrison is fined & his driving license is suspended for 1 year
    1970 Guyana becomes a republic (National Day)
    1970 Holy Eucharist given by women for 1st time in Roman Catholic service
    1969 Nayif Hawatimah forms Dem People's Front for Liberation of Palestine
    1969 11th Daytona 500: LeeRoy Yarbrough wins (157.95 MPH)
    1969 WWVU (now WNPB) TV channel 24 in Morgantown, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast
    1968 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points
    1967 Ted Workman replaces Senator Keith Davey as CFL commissioner
    1967 US troops begin largest offensive of Vietnam War
    1967 25th amendment (US Presidential succession) adopted
    1967 John Herbert's "Fortune & Men's Eyes" premieres in NYC
    1966 Premier Milton Obote siezes power in Uganda
    1966 Military coup in Syria ends Bitar government
    1965 Constance Baker Motley elected Manhattan Borough president
    1964 6th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (154.334)
    1964 Charlie Finley signs a 4 year lease to keep A's in Kansas City
    1962 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1960 Demolition begins on Brooklyn's Ebbets Field (opened in 1913)
    1959 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
    1959 KVIE TV channel 6 in Sacramento-Stockton, CA (PBS) begins broadcasting
    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
    1958 5-time world driving champion Juan Fangio kidnapped by Cuban rebels
    1957 "Mr Wonderful" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 383 performances
    1957 The founding congress of the Senegalese Popular Bloc is opened in Dakar.
    1956 13th Golden Globes: East of Eden, Ernest Borgnine, & Anna Magnani win
    1956 20th Congress of CPSU closes in Moscow
    1955 Edgar Faure forms French government
    1954 1st mass inoculation against polio with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)
    1954 Syrian army drives out president Adib el-Shishakli
    1950 7th Golden Globes: All the King's Men, Broderick Crawford, & Olivia de Havilland win
    1947 Gen Eisenhower opens drive to raise $170M in aid for European Jews
    1945 US Marines raise the flag on Iwo Jima, later a famous photo and Marine Corps War Memorial sculpture
    1945 Operation Grenade: Gen Simpson's 9th Army crosses Ruhr
    1945 Canadian troops occupy Kalkar
    1945 2nd Dutch government of Gerbrandy forms in London
    1944 Forced deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people to Central Asia.
    1943 Gen-Maj Bradley arrives in Dakar & Marrakesh
    1943 German troops pull back through Kasserine-pass Tunisia
    1942 Japanese submarine fires on oil refinery in Ellwood, Calif
    1941 Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.
    1940 Russian troops conquer Lasi Island
    1940 Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio" released
    1939 11th Academy Awards - "You Can’t Take It With You", Spencer Tracy & Bette Davis wins
    1939 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Ass. World Heavyweight title for 2nd time
    1938 Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
    1936 1st rocket air mail flight, Greenwood Lake, NY
    1934 Casey Stengel becomes manager of Brooklyn Dodgers
    1934 Coronation of King Leopold III of Belgium
    1927 US President Calvin Coolidge creates Federal Radio Commission (FRC)
    1923 Great Britain lowers import duty on German products from 26% to 5%
    1923 German Republic day with laws against worker
    1921 1st US transcontinental air mail flight arrives in NYC from San Francisco
    1919 Fascist Party forms in Italy by Benito Mussolini
    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.
    1916 French artillery kills entire French 72nd division at Samogneux Verdun
    1916 Congress authorizes McKinley Memorial $1 gold coin
    1915 Germany sinks US ships Carib & Evelyn & torpedoes Norwegian ship Regin
    1915 Nevada enforces convenient divorce law
    1910 George Bernard Shaw's "Misalliance" premieres in London
    1910 1st radio contest held (Philadelphia)
    1909 Russian Tsar Nicholas II dissolves Finnish Diet
    1906 Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
    1905 First Rotary Club formed by 4 men in the Unity Building, Chicago
    1904 United States acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
    1904 Having occupied Korea, Japan signs a treaty with Korea under which it becomes a Japanese protectorate in return for Japanese protection from other powers
    1903 The Sultan agrees to an Austro-Russian plan to reform the government of Macedonia in yet another effort to stifle the rising disorder among the rival Bulgarian
    1903 The US and Cuba sign an agreement by which Cuba releases Guantanamo and Bahia Hondo to the US for naval stations
    1900 Battle at Hart's Hill, South-Africa (Boers vs British army)
    1900 Steamer "Rio de Janeiro" sinks in SF Bay
    1898 In France, Emile Zola is imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing government of anti-Semitism & wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus
    1896 Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield
    1895 Jaap Eden skates world record 10km (17:56)
    1895 William Heard, AME minister & educator, named minister to Liberia
    1892 1st college student government forms at Bryn Mawr Penn
    1887 Congress grants Seal Rocks to SF
    1887 French/Italian Riviera struck by Earthquake; 2,000 die
    1886 Tsjaikovski's symphony "Manfred" premieres
    1886 London Times publishes world's 1st classified ad
    1886 Aluminum manufacturing process developed
    1883 Alabama becomes 1st US state to enact an antitrust law
    1883 American Anti-Vivisection Society organized (Phila)
    1874 Major Walter Clopton Winfield patents a game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)
    1870 Mississippi is readmitted to US
    1869 Louisiana governor signs public accommodations law
    1861 Dutch Premier Floris A van Hall resigns
    1854 Great Britain & Orange Free state sign Convention of Bloemfontein
    1847 Battle of Buena Vista Mexico; Zachary Taylor defeats Mexicans
    1846 Polish revolutionaries march on Kraków, but are defeated
    1836 Alamo besieged for 13 days until 6th March by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed
    1822 Boston, Massachusetts, is incorporated as a city
    1821 College of Apothecaries organized in Phil; 1st US pharmacy college
    1820 Cato Street conspiracy uncovered
    1813 1st US raw cotton-to-cloth mill founded in Waltham, Mass
    1804 Conspirators against Napoleon, for restoration of Louis XVIII
    1792 Joseph Haydn's 94th Symphony in G premieres
    1792 Humane Society of Massachusetts incorporated (erected life-saving stations for distressed mariners)
    1778 Baron von Steuben joins Continental Army at Valley Forge
    1689 Dutch prince William III proclaimed king of England
    1672 Joan Blaeus publishers destroyed by fire in Amsterdam
    1668 Fire in the Hofburg in Vienna, emperor Leopold I rescued
    1660 Charles XI becomes king of Sweden
    1574 France begins 5th "holy war" against Huguenots
    1540 Francisco Vázquez de Coronado's expedition sets off from Mexico in search of the 7 cities of Cibola
    1455 Johannes Gutenberg prints his first Bible (estimated date)
    303 Roman Emperor Diocletian begins his policy of persecuting Christians, razing the church at Nicomedia
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