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February 23rd History

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February 23rd In Pop Culture History

1455 - Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type. Ironically, if there were newspapers at the time, we could be more confident about the date.

1739 - Richard Palmer was identified by his former schoolteacher, as the outlaw Dick Turpin.

1792 - The Humane Society of Massachusetts was incorporated.

1896 - The Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield, in New York.

1903 - Cuba leased Guantanamo Bay to the United States "in perpetuity".

1905 - Chicago attorney Paul Harris and three other businessmen met for lunch to form the Rotary Club, the world's first service club.

1940 - Pinocchio was released in theaters.

1941 - Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg

1945 - During the Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment of the 5th Division take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island's highest peak, and raised the U.S. flag. The photo would later become world-famous as well as win a Pulitzer Prize.

1947 - The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was founded.

1954 - The first mass inoculation of children against polio with Jonas Salk's vaccine began in Pittsburgh, PA.

1955 - First meeting of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).

1964 - The Beatles appeared in the Ed Sullivan Show for the third time.

February 23, 1964 Birthday (fictional) Dana Scully, X-Files, TV

1967 - The Beatles made a taped appearance on American Bandstand, where they premiered their new music videos for the songs "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever"

1975 - There was an energy crisis in the US in 1975, so daylight savings time started two months early - Feb 23rd instead of April.

1978 -Both Barbra Streisand's Love Theme from A Star Is Born (Evergreen) and Debby Boone's You Light Up My Life were awarded the Best Song Grammy - the first and only tie in that category in Grammy history.

1980 - # 1 Hit February 23, 1980 - March 21, 1980: Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love

1987 - The light from SN 1987A, a supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud, reached the Earth.

1991 - # 1 Hit February 23, 1991 - March 8, 1991: Whitney Houston - All The Man That I Need

1991 - Operation Desert Storm began in Iraq.

1997 - Scientists announced the first successful cloning of an animal, a lamb named Dolly.

1997 - NBC aired Schindler's List, completely uncensored.

2002 - # 1 Hit February 23, 2002 - March 8, 2002: Ja Rule featuring Ashanti - Always on Time

February 23, 2005 - The Apple iPod mini (2nd generation) was released.

February 23rd
Celebrity Birthdays

Food For Thought...

George Frideric Handel (1685, d.1759)
Cesar Ritz (1850, d.1918)
W.E.B. DuBois (1868)
Frank Cellier (1884)
Cyril Delevanti (1889)
Victor Fleming (1889, d.1949)
Musidora (1889)
Kathleen Harrison (1892)
Richard Goolden (1895)
Norman Taurog (1899, d.1981)
Jon Hall (1915)
Kenneth Tobey (1917)
Ed Bauer (1929)
Johnny Seven (1930)
Marjel Barrett (1932)
Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (1932, d.2008)
Diane Varsi (1938, d.1992)
Sylvia Chase (1938)
Peter Fonda (1940)
Jada Rowland (1943)
Johnny Winter (1944, d.2014)
Mike Maxfield (1944)
Rusty Young (1946)
Anton Mosimann (1947)
Shakira Caine (1947)
Larry Demps (1949)
Terry "Tex" Comer (1949)
Steve Priest (1950)
Patricia Richardson (1951)
Brad Whitford (1952)
Howard Jones (1955)
David Sylvian (1958)
Lorraine Michaels (1958)
Melinda Mays (1962)
Michael Wilton (1962)
Robert Collins (1963)
X-files Dana Katherine Scully (1964)
John Norum (1964)
Kristen Davis (1965)
Marc Price (1966)
Tamsin Grieg (1967)
Chris Vrenna (1967)
Stephanie Seymour (1968)
Niecy Nash (1970)
Jason Keller (1971)
Shane Keller (1971)
Steve Holy (1972)
Lars-Olof Johansson (1973)
Jamie Villareal (1974)
Leko (1974)
Michael Tricario (1975)
Michael Cornacchia (1975)
Natalia Verbeke (1975)
Kelly MacDonald (1976)
D-Roc (1979)
Adam Hann-Byrd (1982)
Aziz Ansari (1983)
Emily Blunt (1983)
Holly Brook (1986)
Skylar Grey (1986)
Dakota Fanning (1994)

I am grateful that I am not as judgmental as all those censorious, self-righteous people around me. 

 



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