What Happened on February 23


Historical Events

1574 – France begins 5th “holy war” against Huguenots
1822 – Boston, Massachusetts, is incorporated as a city
1921 – 1st US transcontinental air mail flight arrives in NYC from San Francisco
1999 – Hip Hop artist Eminem releases his first major record album ‘The Slim Shady LP’ (Grammy 2000 – Rap album)
2020 – African American Ahmaud Arbery shot to death after being chased down by two white men in Brunswick, Georgia. Video of the killing emerges in May, prompting arrests.
2020 – First major COVID-19 outbreak in Europe in Italy with 152 cases and three deaths, prompting emergency measures, locking down 10 towns in Lombardy

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Famous Birthdays

1938 – Sylvia Chase, newscaster (ABC Weekend News, 20/20), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
1953 – Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
1965 – Robert “Bob” Ferguson, American politician (Democratic Party) and Attorney General of Washington, born in Seattle, Washington
1973 – Lars-Olof Johansson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans), born in Huskvarna, Sweden
1973 – Jack Case, American artist
1994 – Dakota Fanning, American actress (I Am Sam, Man of Fire), born in Conyers, Georgia

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Famous Deaths

1669 – Lieuwe van Aitzema, Dutch historian (Matters of State and War), dies at 68
1930 – Horst Wessel, German nazi lyricist (Fahne Hoch), dies at 22
1937 – Claude Buckenham, cricketer (21 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies
1987 – Esmond Knight, British actor (Hamlet, Sleeping Murder), dies from a heart attack at 80
1992 – Jacquelyn Hyde, American actress (Dark, House of Terror), dies at 61
1994 – Stuart Berger, doctor (Immune Power Diet), dies from obesity at 40

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