Osun Defender History Corner: February 23 In Focus

Osun Defender History Corner: February 23 In Focus
  • PublishedFebruary 23, 2024

Today, on the history corner, we take a trip in the realm of flashbacks and recall some events that marked this day.

February 23, 303

Roman Emperor Diocletian begins his persecution of Christians, issuing an edict calling for their churches to be destroyed and their scriptures burned.

February 23, 1455

Johannes Gutenberg prints the first book using movable type, the Bible.

February 23, 1820

Cato Street Conspiracy: A plot to assassinate British Prime Minister Lord Liverpool is uncovered.

February 23, 1836

The Battle of the Alamo begins in San Antonio, Texas, lasting for 13 days.

February 23, 1903

Cuba leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States “in perpetuity”.

February 23, 1917

The Russian Revolution of 1917 begins with a strike in Petrograd, leading to the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II.

February 23, 1945

During World War II, US Marines raise the American flag on Iwo Jima.

February 23, 1954

The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh, United States.

February 23, 1981

Spain’s government legalizes the Communist Party after a ban of nearly four decades.

February 23, 1987

Supernova 1987A is seen in the Large Magellanic Cloud, the closest supernova to Earth since 1604.

February 23, 1991

Gulf War: Ground troops cross the Saudi Arabian border and enter Iraq, beginning the ground phase of the war.

February 23, 1997

Scottish scientists announce they have cloned an adult mammal, a sheep named Dolly.

February 23, 2005

The controversial Kyoto Protocol goes into effect, aiming to curb greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.

February 23, 2011

Libyan protests against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime escalate into widespread violence and civil war.

February 23, 2014

Ukraine’s parliament removes President Viktor Yanukovych from power, leading to the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

February 23, 2017

NASA announces the discovery of seven Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1, three of which are within its habitable zone.

February 23, 2018

At least 38 people are killed in an attack on a Syrian government enclave in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus.

February 23, 2019

Indian and Pakistani fighter jets engage in aerial skirmishes, escalating tensions between the two nuclear-armed nations.

February 23, 2020

The Democratic Republic of the Congo confirms its first case of COVID-19, marking the virus’s spread to every continent except Antarctica.

February 23, 2021

NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully lands on Mars, beginning its mission to search for signs of past microbial life and collect samples for return to Earth.

Please note that these are just a few historical events that happened on February 23. History is full of numerous other significant events on this day, ranging from politics and warfare to cultural and scientific milestones.

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