February 23 Events in History - February 23 Birthdays - February 23 Deaths
2015 Joey Logano wins the Daytona 500; Jeff Gordon starts out strong in his final Daytona 500 race, but loses his lead and his chance at a fourth victory after getting caught in a wreck
2014 The Sochi Winter Olympics ends; on this last day of the competitions, Canada beats Sweden in men's hockey, keeping Canada as the reigning gold winner in two consecutive Winter Games
2014 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins his second Daytona 500 race, 10 years after his first win, in a race postponed for hours by heavy rain
2013 In Washington state, six tanks are reported to be leaking radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation; the leak has not posed an immediate health risk
2013 Canada's Security Intelligence Service believes the presence of Al-Qaeda affiliated groups in the country may lead to possible attacks
2012 The State Senate of Maryland approves a bill allowing same-sex marriage in the state
2012 Ahead of court martial, suspect U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning is formally charged with turning over a massive cache of classified documents to Wikileaks
2011 More than 1,000 people are estimated to have been killed during the unrest in Libya
2011 As more people are detained, the online call for a 'Jasmine Revolution' continues
2010 A car bomb explodes in a courthouse located in Newry, Northern Ireland. The area's last incidence of a car bombing was in the year 2000
2003 45th Grammy Awards, Norah Jones and John Mayer win major awards
2000 42nd Grammy Awards, Santana, Sarah McLachlan and Sting win major awards
1998 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston South Carolina on WAVF 96.1 FM
1998 Supreme Court lets Megan's Law stand
1998 Tornadoes in Florida kills at least 31
1997 Ali Abu Kamal opens fire in Empire State Building and kills 1
1997 American Express Senior Golf Invitational
1997 Jeff Sluman wins Tucson Golf Classic
1997 NBC TV shows "Schindler's List," completely uncensored, 65 million watch
1997 Tucson Chrysler Golf Classic
1997 Scientists in Scotland announced they succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named "Dolly"
1996 Mark Waugh scores 130 in World Cup vs Kenya, 207 w/brother Steve
1996 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 9-97 for Trinidad against Leeward Islands
1995 "Uncle Vanya" opens at Circle in Sq Theater New York City for 29 performances
1995 Antoine Nduwayo appointed Premier of Burundi
1995 Dow Jones closes above 4,000 for 1st time (4,003.33)
1994 Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces he will pay $10 million to name baseball field (Jacobs Field) at Gateway (becomes official 3/23)
1993 Gary Coleman wins $1,280,000 lawsuit against parents for high fees
1993 India complete a 3-0 series drubbing of England
1993 Sacramento Gold Miners admitted as CFL's 9th franchise (1st U.S. team)
1992 16th Winter Olympic games closes in Albertville, France
1992 Andy Flower scores 115* on ODI debut, Zimbabwe vs. Sri Lanka
1992 World Cup scoreline Zimbabwe 4-312, Sri Lanka 7-313
1991 Greg Haugen scores a split decision over Hector "Macho" Camacho
1991 Military coup in Thailand, Premier Choonhaven arrested
1991 North Carolina is 1st NCAA basketball team to win 1,500 games
1991 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1991 U.S. insists Iraq publicly announce it is leaving Kuwait by 12 PM EST
1990 Ian Smith 173* New Zealand vs. India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat
1988 15th Winter Olympic games opens in Calgary, Alberta
1988 Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights and play up to 18 night games
1988 Yvonne van Gennip skates female record 3k (4:11.94)
1987 Dick Howser retires from managing Kansas City Royals, due to brain tumor
1987 Russian Writers Union accepts Boris Pasternak posthumous as member
1987 Supernova 1987A in LMC 1st seen; 1st naked-eye supernova since 1604
1986 Despite losing, Red Sox Wade Boggs gets largest arbitration ($1.35M)
1986 Mary Beth Zimmerman wins LPGA Standard Register/Samaritan Golf Classic
1986 Nelli Fiere-Cooman runs world record 60 m indoor (7.00 sec)
1985 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game
1985 U.S. Senate confirms Edwin Meese III as attorney general
1983 25th Grammy Awards: Roxanna, Toto IV, Men at Work wins
1983 USFL New Jersey Generals sign Heisman winner Herschel Walker (3 years-$5 mil)
1982 Michael Frayn's "Noises Off," premieres in London
1981 People mag features drug ordeal of Mackenzie and Papa John Phillips
1981 Spanish coup under Lt-colonel Antonio Tejero Molina fails
1980 13th Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, New York
1980 Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics
1980 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1980 Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, causes 37-million-gallon spill
1979 "Sarava" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City for 140 performances
1979 Frank Peterson, Jr. named 1st black general in Marine Corps
1979 George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album
1978 20th Grammy Awards: Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac, Debbie Boone wins
1976 Owners announce spring training won't open without a labor contract
1975 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1974 Patty Hearst, daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, kidnapped by SLA
1974 Teri Garr appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Confessions of an Orth"
1973 Gold goes up $10 overnight to record $95 an ounce in London
1971 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak
1971 George Harrison is fined and his driving license is suspended for 1 year
1971 Lt. Calley confessed and implicates Captain Medina
1970 Guyana becomes a republic (National Day)
1970 Holy Eucharist given by women for 1st time in Roman Catholic service
1969 Nayif Hawatimah forms Dem People's Front for Liberation of Palestine
1969 WWVU (now WNPB) TV channel 24 in Morgantown, WV (PBS) 1st broadcast
1968 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points
1967 25th amendment (presidential succession) declared ratified
1967 John Herbert's "Fortune and Men's Eyes," premieres in New York City
1967 Ted Workman replaces Senator Keith Davey as CFL commissioner
1967 U.S. troops begin largest offensive of Vietnam War
1966 Aldo Moro forms Italian government
1966 Military coup in Syria ends Bitar government
1966 Premier Obote grabs power in Uganda
1965 Constance Baker Motley elected Manhattan Borough president
1964 Charlie Finley signs a 4 year lease to keep A's in Kansas City
1962 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1960 Demolition begins on Brooklyn's Ebbets Field (opened in 1913)
1959 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
1959 KVIE TV channel 6 in Sacramento-Stockton, California (PBS) begins broadcasting
1958 5-time world driving champion Juan Fangio kidnapped by Cuban rebels
1958 Arturo Frondizi elected president of Argentina
1958 Last Municipal arc light, Mission and 25th removed (installed in 1913)
1958 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1957 "Mr Wonderful" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 383 performances
1956 20th Congress of CPSU closes in Moscow
1956 Russian party leader Khrushchev attacks memory of Stalin
1955 Edgar Faure forms French government
1954 1st mass inoculation with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)
1954 Syrian army drives out president Adib el-Shishakli
1947 General Eisenhower opens drive to raise $170M in aid for European Jews
1945 2nd Dutch government of Gerbrandy forms in London
1945 Canadian troops occupy Kalkar
1945 U.S. Marines raise flag on Iwo Jima, famous photo and statue
1943 Major General Bradley arrives in Dakar and Marrakesh
1943 German troops pull back through Kasserine-pass Tunisia
1942 Japanese sub fires on oil refinery in Ellwood, California
1940 Russian troops conquer Lasi Island
1940 Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio," released
1939 Lou Thesz beats E Marshall in St. Louis, to become wrestling champ
1938 Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
1936 1st rocket air mail flight, Greenwood Lake, New York
1934 Casey Stengel becomes manager of Brooklyn Dodgers
1934 Coronation of King Leopold III of Belgium
1927 President Coolidge creates Federal Radio Commission (FCC)
1923 German Republic day with laws against worker
1923 Great Britain lowers import duty on German products from 26% to 5%
1921 1st U.S. transcontinental air mail flight arrives in New York City from San Francisco
1917 February revolution begins in Russia
1916 Congress authorizes McKinley Memorial $1 gold coin
1916 French artillery kills entire French 72nd division at Samogneux Verdun
1915 Germany sinks U.S. ships Carib and Evelyn and torpedoes Norwegian ship Regin
1915 Nevada enforces convenient divorce law
1910 1st radio contest held (Philadelphia)
1910 George Bernard Shaw's "Misalliance," premieres in London
1909 Russian tsar Nicolas II dissolves Finnish Diet
1906 Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
1905 Rotary Club International formed by 4 men in Chicago
1904 U.S. acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
1903 Cuban state of Guantanamo leased to USA
1900 Battle at Hart's Hill, South Africa (Boers vs British army)
1900 Steamer "Rio de Janeiro" sinks in San Francisco Bay
1898 In France, Emile Zola is imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus
1896 Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield
1895 Jaap Eden skates world record 10km (17:56)
1895 William Heard, AME minister and educator, named minister to Liberia
1894 Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA's awarded cup by trustees as Ottawa refuses to travel to Toronto to play
1892 1st college student government forms at Bryn Mawr Penn
1887 Congress grants Seal Rocks to San Francisco
1887 French/Italian Riviera struck by Earthquake; 2,000 die
1886 Aluminum manufacturing process developed
1886 London Times publishes world's 1st classified ad
1886 Tsjaikovski's symphony "Manfred," premieres
1883 Alabama becomes 1st U.S. state to enact an antitrust law
1883 American Anti-Vivisection Society organized in Philadelphia
1874 Major Walter Winfield patents game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)
1870 Mississippi is readmitted to U.S.
1869 Louisiana governor signs public accommodations law
1861 By popular referendum, Texas becomes 7th state to secede from U.S.
1861 Dutch Premier Floris A van Hall resigns
1861 President-elect Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington D.C. to take office
1854 Great Britain and Orange Free state sign Convention of Bloemfontein
1847 Battle of Buena Vista Mexico; Zachary Taylor defeats Mexicans
1846 Polish revolutionaries march on Cracow, but are defeated
1836 Alamo besieged by Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed
1822 Boston is incorporated as a city
1821 College of Apothecaries organized in Phil; 1st U.S. pharmacy college
1820 Cato Street conspiracy uncovered
1813 1st U.S. raw cotton-to-cloth mill founded in Waltham, Massachusetts
1804 Conspirators against Napoleon, for restoration of Louis XVIII
1792 Joseph Haydn's 94th Symphony in G, premieres
1792 Humane Society of Massachusetts incorporated (erected life-saving stations for distressed mariners)
1778 Baron von Steuben joins Continental Army at Valley Forge
1689 Dutch prince William III proclaimed king of England
1672 Joan Blaeus publishers destroyed by fire in Amsterdam
1668 Fire in Wiener Hofburg in Vienna, emperor Leopold I rescued
1660 Charles XI becomes king of Sweden
1574 France begins 5th holy war against Huguenots
1455 Johannes Gutenberg prints 1st book, Bible (estimated date)
303 Emperor Diocletian orders general persecution of Christians