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 March 6 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 American flag on top of Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima. Photo of which by Joe Rosenthall later became iconic, inspiring the Marine Corps War Memorial sculpture
  • 1954 1st mass inoculation against polio with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)
  • 1998 Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders
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February 23 in Film & TV

  • 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

February 23 in Music

February 23 in Sport

Did You Know?

Scientists in Scotland announce they have cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named "Dolly"

On February 23, 1997


Would You Believe?

"The Times" of London publishes world's 1st classified ad

On February 23, 1886

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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