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1968Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points

1919Fascist Party forms in Italy by Benito Mussolini

2005Slovakia Summit 2005 begins, marking the first occasion when a sitting American President visits Slovakia; George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin are in attendance.

1971George Harrison is fined & his driving license is suspended for 1 year

1804Conspirators against Napoleon, for restoration of Louis XVIII

1999Hip Hop artist Eminem releases his first major record album 'The Slim Shady LP' (Grammy 2000 - Rap album)

19541st mass inoculation with salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)

1927Pres Calvin Coolidge creates Federal Radio Commission (FRC)

1847Battle of Buena Vista Mexico; Zachary Taylor defeats Mexicans

1938Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

1909Russian Tsar Nicholas II dissolves Finnish Diet

1959Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open

200345th Grammy Awards: Don't Know Why, Norah Jones wins

1979"The Deer Hunter", starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken, is released

1979George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album

200042nd Grammy Awards: Smooth, Christina Aguilera wins

193911th Academy Awards - "You Can't Take It With You," Spencer Tracy & Bette Davis wins

1991Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open

1906Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

1985Goaltender Patrick Roy makes his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens

1998Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.

303Emperor Diocletian begins policy of persecution of Christians razing church at Nicomedia

February 23rd Historical Events
Date Event
303
Emperor Diocletian begins policy of persecution of Christians razing church at Nicomedia 
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 Kraków, but are defeated 
1847
Battle of Buena Vista Mexico; Zachary Taylor defeats Mexicans 
1854
Great-Britain & Orange Free state sign Convention of Bloemfontein 
1861
Dutch Premier Floris A van Hall resigns 
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
The US and Cuba sign an agreement by which Cuba releases Guantanamo and Bahia Hondo to the US for naval stations 
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 
1904
US acquired 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 
1905
Rotary Club International formed by 4 men in Chicago 
1906
Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title 
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 
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 
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 
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 
1979
"The Deer Hunter", starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken, is released 
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 
1985
Goaltender Patrick Roy makes his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens 
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 
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. 
2011
Venezuela's economy grew 0.6% in the last quarter of 2010, technically leaving the recession after six quarters, it is reported today 
2012
A series of bomb attacks across 12 Iraqi cities kills 60 and injures 200 
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 
2017
US Homeland Secretary Kelly warns Guatemalans to stay home 
2017
North Korea blames Malaysia for death of its citizen: KCNA 
2017
Trump administration rolls back transgender student restroom protections 
2017
Dakota pipeline protesters leave site after year-long occupation 
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