On This Day

What Happened on February 23

Important Events

  • 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 the Jonas Salk vaccine takes place at Arsenal Elementary School in Pittsburgh
  • 1998 Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders
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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 Future US Governor Jeb Bush (21) weds 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
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