February 23rd Events

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February 23rd, 2008 (February 23 2008)Eventa B-2 Spirit of the USAF crashes at Guam. The crew survived but the aircraft was written off, making it the most expensive air crash in human history (the aircraft alone cost $1.2Bn). The B-2 had a perfect saftey record before the crash; not one B-2 ever crashed.
February 23rd, 2007 (February 23 2007)EventJapan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea.
February 23rd, 2007 (February 23 2007)EventA train derails on an evening express service near Grayrigg, Cumbria, United Kingdom, killing one person and injuring 22. This results in hundreds of points being checked over the UK after a few similar accidents.
February 23rd, 2006 (February 23 2006)EventDubai 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.
February 23rd, 2005 (February 23 2005)EventSlovakia Summit 2005 begins, marking the first occasion when a sitting American President visits Slovakia; George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin are in attendance.Vladimir Putin Quotes
February 23rd, 2005 (February 23 2005)EventVote of the controversial French law on colonialism, repealed start of 2006.
February 23rd, 1999 (February 23 1999)EventKurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
February 23rd, 1999 (February 23 1999)EventAn avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtur, killing 31.
February 23rd, 1998 (February 23 1998)EventKissimmee Tornado Outbreak: Tornadoes in central Florida destroy or damage 2,600 structures and kill 42.
February 23rd, 1998 (February 23 1998)EventOsama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders. Osama bin Laden Quotes
February 23rd, 1997 (February 23 1997)EventA large fire occurs in the Russian Space station, Mir.
February 23rd, 1992 (February 23 1992)EventThe Socialist Labour Party is founded in Georgia.
February 23rd, 1991 (February 23 1991)EventGulf War: Ground troops cross the Saudi Arabia border and enter Iraq, thus starting the ground-phase of the war.
February 23rd, 1991 (February 23 1991)EventIn Thailand, General Sunthorn Kongsompong leads a bloodless coup d etat, deposing Prime Minister Chatichai Choonhavan.
February 23rd, 1987 (February 23 1987)EventSupernova 1987a: A supernova is seen in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
February 23rd, 1983 (February 23 1983)EventThe Spanish Socialist government of Felipe Gonzalez and Miguel Boyer nationalizes Rumasa, a holding of Jose Maria Ruiz Mateos.
February 23rd, 1983 (February 23 1983)EventThe United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.
February 23rd, 1981 (February 23 1981)Event23-F, Antonio Tejero attempts a coup d etat by capturing the Spanish Congress of Deputies.
February 23rd, 1980 (February 23 1980)EventAyatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran s parliament would decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.Ruhollah Khomeini Quotes
February 23rd, 1975 (February 23 1975)EventIn response to the energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly two months early in the United States.
February 23rd, 1974 (February 23 1974)EventThe Symbionese Liberation Army demands $4 million more to release kidnap victim Patty Hearst. Bion Quotes
February 23rd, 1966 (February 23 1966)EventA military coup in Syria replaces the previous government.
February 23rd, 1960 (February 23 1960)EventPeter Burdon was born.
February 23rd, 1958 (February 23 1958)EventCuban rebels kidnap 5-time world driving champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
February 23rd, 1957 (February 23 1957)EventThe founding congress of the Senegalese Popular Bloc is opened in Dakar.
February 23rd, 1955 (February 23 1955)EventFirst meeting of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).
February 23rd, 1954 (February 23 1954)EventThe first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh.
February 23rd, 1947 (February 23 1947)EventThe International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is founded.
February 23rd, 1945 (February 23 1945)EventWorld War II: During the Battle of Iwo Jima, a group of United States Marines and a commonly forgotten U.S. Navy Corpsman, reach the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and are photographed raising the American flag. The photo would later win a Pulitzer Prize.
February 23rd, 1945 (February 23 1945)EventWorld War II: The capital of the Philippines, Manila, is liberated by American forces.
February 23rd, 1945 (February 23 1945)EventWorld War II: Capitulation of German garrison in Poznan, the city is liberated by Soviet and Polish forces.
February 23rd, 1945 (February 23 1945)EventWorld War II: The German town of Pforzheim is completely destroyed by a raid of 379 British bombers.
February 23rd, 1945 (February 23 1945)EventWorld War II: The Verona Philharmonic Theatre is bombed by Allied forces. It would later be re-opened in 1975.
February 23rd, 1944 (February 23 1944)EventForced deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people to Central Asia.
February 23rd, 1943 (February 23 1943)EventA fire breaks out at St. Joseph s Orphanage Co Cavan , Ireland , killing 36 people (35 of whom were children)
February 23rd, 1941 (February 23 1941)EventPlutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.
February 23rd, 1934 (February 23 1934)EventLeopold III becomes King of Belgium.
February 23rd, 1927 (February 23 1927)EventThe Federal Radio Commission (later renamed the Federal Communications Commission) begins to regulate the use of radio frequencies.
February 23rd, 1919 (February 23 1919)EventBenito Mussolini forms the Fascist Party in Italy.Benito Mussolini Quotes
February 23rd, 1918 (February 23 1918)EventFirst victory of Red Army over the Kaiser s German troops near Narva and Pskov. Since 1923 this date become the Day of Red Army in honour of this victory.
February 23rd, 1917 (February 23 1917)EventFirst demonstrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The beginning of the February Revolution.
February 23rd, 1909 (February 23 1909)EventThe AEA Silver Dart makes the first powered flight in Canada and the British Empire.
February 23rd, 1905 (February 23 1905)EventChicago attorney Paul Harris and three other businessmen meet for lunch to form the Rotary Club, the world s first service club.
February 23rd, 1904 (February 23 1904)EventThe United States gains control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million.
February 23rd, 1903 (February 23 1903)EventCuba leases Guantanamo Bay to the United States "in perpetuity".
February 23rd, 1900 (February 23 1900)EventIn South Africa, the Boers and British troops fight in the Battle of Hart s Hill.
February 23rd, 1898 (February 23 1898)EventEmile Zola is imprisoned in France after writing "J accuse", a letter accusing the French government of anti-Semitism and wrongfully placing Captain Alfred Dreyfus in jail.Emile Zola Quotes
February 23rd, 1887 (February 23 1887)EventThe French Riviera is hit by a large earthquake, killing around 2,000.
February 23rd, 1883 (February 23 1883)EventAlabama becomes the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law.
February 23rd, 1870 (February 23 1870)EventMilitary control of Mississippi ends and it is readmitted to the Union.
February 23rd, 1861 (February 23 1861)EventPresident-elect Abraham Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington, D.C., after an assassination attempt in Baltimore, Maryland.Abraham Lincoln Quotes
February 23rd, 1854 (February 23 1854)EventThe official independence of the Orange Free State is declared.
February 23rd, 1847 (February 23 1847)EventMexican-American War: Battle of Buena VistaIn Mexico, American troops under General Zachary Taylor defeat Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.Zachary Taylor Quotes
February 23rd, 1836 (February 23 1836)EventThe Battle of the Alamo begins in San Antonio, Texas.
February 23rd, 1820 (February 23 1820)EventCato Street Conspiracy: A plot to murder all the British cabinet ministers is exposed.
February 23rd, 1778 (February 23 1778)EventAmerican Revolution: Baron von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to help to train the Continental Army.
February 23rd, 1660 (February 23 1660)EventCharles XI becomes King of Sweden.
February 23rd, 1455 (February 23 1455)EventTraditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed from movable type.

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