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Interesting historical events occurring on February 23.

February 23, 2012

February 24.  Today is the 55th day of the year, and we have 311 days left this year.

Did you notice that adds up to 366 days?  No, my math isn’t off.  This is because we have a leap year this year.  If you’ve been reading my daily history entries and paying attention, you’d have known this already.

Okay, let’s see what we’ve got for today in history that is of interest to myself, and hopefully to you all…

1803 – In Marbury v. Madison, the Supreme Court of the United States establishes the principle of judicial review.

That’s an old case, still taught today in law school…

1831 – The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the first removal treaty in accordance with the Indian Removal Act, is proclaimed. The Choctaws in Mississippi cede land east of the river in exchange for payment and land in the West.

1863 – Arizona is organized as a United States territory.

1868 – Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be impeached by the United States House of Representatives. He is later acquitted in the Senate.

I know another president that ought to be impeached…

1917 – World War I: The U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom is given the Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany pledges to ensure the return of New MexicoTexas, and Arizona to Mexico if Mexico declares war on the United States.

the gun wire

the gun wire

Even back then, nobody wanted California.

1920 – The Nazi Party is founded.

1942 – The Battle of Los Angeles, one of the largest documented UFO sightings in history; the event lasted into the early hours of February 26, 1942.

1968 – Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive is halted; South Vietnam recaptures Hué.

1980 – The United States Olympic Hockey team completes their Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal.

1989 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a US$3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie.

1989 – United Airlines Flight 811, bound for New Zealand from Honolulu, Hawaii, rips open during flight, sucking 9 passengers out of the business-class section.

2008 – Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.

Who to celebrate today?  Well for birthdays, we have:

1874 – Honus Wagner, American baseball player (d. 1955)

1921 – Abe Vigoda, American actor

1938 – Phil Knight, American sportswear manufacturer

the gun wire

the gun wire

1955 – Steve Jobs, American computer pioneer (d. 2011)

1956 – Eddie Murray, American baseball player


2006 – Don Knotts, American actor (b. 1924)




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