What happened today in history?
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February 23

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:

1999  Two avalanches in as many days are blamed for the death of 38 people in Austria.
1997Scottish scientists announce the successful cloning of an adult mammal ("Dolly" the lamb). Dolly was actually born the previous July 5.
1995On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average closes above 4,000 for the first time, ending the day at 4003.33.
1990Jose Napoleon Duarte, former Salvadoran president, dies at age 64.

The Beatles: Sergeant Pepper (Capitol Records)
The Beatles lay down the instrumental tracks for Lovely Rita, a song that will ultimately appear on their Sergeant Pepper album, at EMI Studios in London.
(photo credit: Capitol Records)

1965Comedian Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame, dies in Santa Monica, California.
1954Pittsburgh begins the first mass inoculation of children against polio in the US, using the vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk.
1945US Marines raise the American flag after taking Mount Suribachi on the island Iwo Jima, during WWII.
1927The Federal Radio Commission, now known as the Federal Communications Commission, is established in Washington, DC.
1870Mississippi is readmitted to the Union, following its succession during the Civil War.

John Quincy Adams
 John Quincy Adams, 6th president of the US, dies of a stroke at age 80.
 (photo credit: NARA)


1847General Zachary Taylor leads US troops to defeat Mexican General Santa Anna and his army at the Battle of Buena Vista in Mexico.
1822Boston is incorporated as a city.

Born today:

1994  Dakota Fanning - actress (The Cat in the Hat)

1973  Lasse Johansson - keyboardist (The Cardigans)

1971  Jeff Beres - vocals, bassist (Sister Hazel)

1965  Helena Sukova - tennis player

1963  Bobby Bonilla - was highest-paid player in baseball ($6.3 million in 1994 from NY Mets)

1962  Michael Wilton - guitarist (Queensryche)

1958  David Sylvian - guitarist, singer (Japan)

1955  Howard Jones - singer

1952  Brad Whitford - guitarist (Aerosmith)

1951  Ed 'Too Tall' Jones - NFL defensive end

1951  Patricia Richardson - actress

1950  Steve Priest - bassist (The Sweet)

1950  Jim Youngblood - NFL linebacker

1946  Rusty Young - steel guitarist (Poco)

1944  Mike Maxfield - guitarist (Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas)

1944  Johnny Winter - blues guitarist, singer

1943  Fred Biletnikoff - NFL wide receiver

1940  Peter Fonda - actor

1938  Sylvia Chase - ABC newscaster

1904  William Shirer - author

1685  George Frederick Handel - composer



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