Today is Thursday, February 23. Let’s see what happened on this day in years past…
1836 – The Battle of the Alamo begins in San Antonio, Texas.
1861 – President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington, D.C., after the thwarting of an alleged assassination plot in Baltimore, Maryland.
1870 – In the United States, post-Civil War military control of Mississippi ends and it is readmitted to the Union.
1883 – Alabama becomes the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law.
1896 – The Tootsie Roll is invented.
1903 – Cuba leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States “in perpetuity”.
1927 – President Calvin Coolidge signs a bill by Congress establishing the Federal Radio Commission (later replaced by the Federal Communications Commission) which was to regulate the use of radio frequencies in the United States.
1941 – Plutonium is first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.
1942 – World War II: Japanese submarines fire artillery shells at the California coastline near Santa Barbara.
1945 – World 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.
1954 – The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh.
1974 – The Symbionese Liberation Army demands $4 million more to release kidnap victim Patty Hearst.
1980 – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran’s parliament will decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.
1983 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.
1991 – Gulf War: Ground troops cross the Saudi Arabian border and enter Iraq, thus beginning the ground phase of the war.
1997 – A small fire occurs in the Russian Space station, Mir.
1998 – Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and “Crusaders“; the latter term is commonly interpreted to refer to the people of Europe and the United States.
2008 – A United States Air Force B-2 Spirit crashes on Guam. It is the first operational loss of a B-2.
Interesting American birthdays and death days are kind of thin today, my apologies…
So, who was born today?
1940 – Peter Fonda, American actor
1963 – Bobby Bonilla, American baseball player
And, who died today?
1848 – John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States (b. 1767)