What Happened on February 23

Significant Events

  • 303 Roman Emperor Diocletian begins his policy of persecuting Christians, razing the church at Nicomedia
  • 1455 Johannes Gutenberg prints his first Bible (estimated date)
  • 1540 Francisco Vázquez de Coronado's expedition sets off from Mexico in search of the 7 cities of Cibola
  • 1836 Alamo besieged for 13 days until 6th March by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed
  • 1904 United States acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
  • 1945 US Marines raise the flag on Iwo Jima, later a famous photo and Marine Corps War Memorial sculpture
  • 1997 Scientists in Scotland announce they have cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named "Dolly"
  • 1998 Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.
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Did You Know?

Major Walter Clopton Winfield patents a game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)

On February 23, 1874

Famous Weddings

  • 1974 US Governor Jeb Bush (21) weds philantropist Columba Bush (20) in Austin, Texas
  • 2002 "Blue" country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (19) weds backup dancer Dean Sheremet (21) at Perkins Chapel in Dallas, Texas
  • 2003 Actor Paul Rudd (33) weds publicist Julie Yaeger
  • 2013 Former "Married With Children" actress Christina Applegate (41) weds rocker Martyn LeNoble (43) in Los Angeles
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