Saturday, November 26, 2022 (Week 47)

February 23 in History

What happened on February 23 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on february 23 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on february 23 in history.

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1991
French forces unofficially start the Persian Gulf ground war by crossing the Saudi-Iraqi border.
1972
Black activist Angela Davis is released from jail where she was held for kidnapping , conspiracy and murder.
1967
American troops begin the largest offensive of the war, near the Cambodian border.
1964
The U.S. and Britain recognize the new Zanzibar government.
1960
Whites join Negro students in a sit-in at a Winston-Salem, N.C. Woolworth store.
1955
Eight nations meet in Bangkok for the first SEATO council.
1954
Mass innoculation begins as Salk’s polio vaccine is given to children for first time.
1950
New York’s Metropolitan Museum exhibits a collection of Hapsburg art. The first showing of this collection in the U.S.
1947
Several hundred Nazi organizers are arrested in Frankfurt by U.S. and British forces.
1946
Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita is hanged in Manila, the Philippines, for war crimes.
1945
Eisenhower opens a large offensive in the Rhineland.
1945
U.S. Marines plant an American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
1944
American bombers strike the Marianas Islands bases, only 1,300 miles from Tokyo.
1942
A Japanese submarine shells an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, the first Axis bombs to hit American soil.
1938
Twelve Chinese fighter planes drop bombs on Japan.
1936
In Russia, an unmanned balloon rises to a record height of 25 miles.
1926
President Calvin Coolidge opposes a large air force, believing it would be a menace to world peace.
1921
An airmail plane sets a record of 33 hours and 20 minutes from San Francisco to New York.
1916
Secretary of State Lansing hints that the U.S. may have to abandon the policy of avoiding “entangling foreign alliances”.
1904
Japan guarantees Korean sovereignty in exchange for military assistance.
1901
Britain and Germany agree on a boundary between German East Africa and Nyasaland.
1898
Writer Emile Zola is imprisoned in France for his letter J’accuse in which he accuses the French government of anti-semitism and the wrongful imprisonment of army captain Alfred Dreyfus.
1885
John Lee survives three attempts to hang him in Exeter Prison, as the trap fails to open.
1861
Texas becomes the seventh state to secede from the Union.
1854
Great Britain officially recognizes the independence of the Orange Free State.
1847
Forces led by Zachary Taylor defeat the Mexicans at the Battle of Buena Vista.
1846
The Liberty Bell tolls for the last time, to mark George Washington’s birthday.
1836
The Alamo is besieged by Santa Anna.
1821
Poet John Keats dies of tuberculosis at the age of 25.
1778
Baron von Steuben joins the Continental Army at Valley Forge.
1615
The Estates-General in Paris is dissolved, having been in session since October 1614.
1574
The 5th War of Religion breaks out in France.
1540
Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado begins his unsuccessful search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold in the American Southwest.
1516
The Hapsburg Charles I succeeds Ferdinand in Spain.