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. Pulitzer Prize winning 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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