On This Day

On This Day in History for February 23 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1987 Supernova 1987A in LMC 1st seen; 1st naked-eye supernova since 1604
  • 1990 Ian Smith 173* NZ v India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 US President George H. W. Bush gives Iraq a 24-hour deadline to withdraw from Kuwait or face a ground war

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1991 Greg Haugen scores a split decision over Hector "Macho" Camacho
  • 1991 Military coup in Thailand, Premier Choonhaven arrested
  • 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
  • 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 Scientists in Scotland announce they have cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named "Dolly"

  • 1998 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston, South Carolina on WAVF 96.1 FM
  • 1998 US Supreme Court lets Megan's Law (sex offenders information) stand
  • 1998 Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • 1999 Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey
  • 1999 An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31

Conference meetingSummit of Interest

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.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 2005 Vote of the controversial French law on colonialism, repealed start of 2006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 B-2 Spirit of the USAF crashes at Guam. Crew survives but aircraft written off, the most expensive air crash in human history (aircraft alone cost $1.2Bn). B-2 had a perfect safety record before the crash; not one B-2 ever crashed.
  • 2010 Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million litres of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, causing an environmental disaster.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2010 Danielle Steel’s novel “Big Girl” is published

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel
  • 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
  • 2014 A pro-Euromaidan rally is held in Simferopol, Ukraine, while in Kerch, protesters attempt to replace the Ukrainian flag from city hall with a Russian flag

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2016 US primary elections: Nevada Republican Primary - Donald Trump wins with 45.9.5%

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 Study suggests earliest European Palaeolithic artwork in Spain made by Neanderthals not humans in "Science Journal"
  • 2019 Clashes on Venezuelan border kills two as its country's officials try to stop aid getting in

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir declares a national emergency, dismisses the federal government and sacks all state governors

President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir
President of Sudan
Omar al-Bashir

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2019 Nigerian presidential election: President Muhammadu Buhari wins re-election defeating Atiku Abubakar, amid violence and a delay, on turnout of 35.6%

President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari
  • 2020 African American Ahmaud Arbery shot to death after being chased down by two white men in Brunswick, Georgia. Video of the killing emerges in May, prompting arrests.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 President Moon Jae-in puts South Korea on high alert, empowering the government to lock down cities after 602 cases of COVID-10 reported with six deaths

President of South Korea Moon Jae-in
President of South Korea
Moon Jae-in
  • 2020 First major COVID-19 outbreak in Europe in Italy with 152 cases and three deaths, prompting emergency measures, locking down 10 towns in Lombardy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 China's Supreme Leader Xi Jinping describes the country's COVID-19 outbreak as the China's largest health emergency since 1949

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • 2020 Fashion designer heavyweights Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons announce they will work alongside each other at Prada
  • 2020 Violent protests against new citizenship laws in Delhi, India erupt leaving at least 38 people dead over the next few days
  • 2021 Discovery of oldest Australian rock art, a 17,300-year-old painting of a kangaroo in Kimberley region, Western Australia, published in "Nature Human Behaviour" [1]
  • 2021 Covid-19 antibodies survey in Nigeria suggests 4 million people have had the virus in Lagos state alone, more than officially recorded for whole of Africa [1]

Birthdays in History

  • 1966 Didier Queloz, Swiss astronomer (discovered 1st exoplanet), 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics, born in Switzerland
  • 1967 Pam Blundell, British fashion designer
  • 1973 Jack Case, American artist

Weddings in History


Deaths in History