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Today in History
Today in History: Thursday, February  23, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Feb. 23, 1945, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi and raised the American flag. The moment was captured in a Pulitzer Prize winning photo by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal.
 
AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal
On this date in:
1685Composer George Frideric Handel was born in Germany.
1822Boston was granted a charter to incorporate as a city.
1836The siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas.
1847U.S. troops under Gen. Zachary Taylor defeated Mexican general Santa Anna at the Battle of Buena Vista in Mexico.
1848John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, died at age 80 in Washington, D.C., two days after suffering a stroke on the floor of the House of Representatives.
1861President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take office after an assassination plot was foiled in Baltimore.
1870Mississippi was readmitted to the Union.
1954The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began, in Pittsburgh.
1965Stan Laurel of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy died at age 74.
1991President George H.W. Bush announced that the allied ground offensive against Iraqi forces had begun.
1997Scientists in Scotland announced they had cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named Dolly.
1999A jury in Jasper, Texas, convicted white supremacist John William King of murder in the dragging death of an African-American man, James Byrd Jr.
2000Carlos Santana won eight Grammy Awards for his album "Supernatural," tying the record set by Michael Jackson in 1983 for "Thriller."
2003Norah Jones won five Grammy Awards for the album "Come Away With Me."
2011The Obama administration said it would no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Emily Blunt turns 34 years old today.
AP Photo/Joel Ryan
NameProfessionAge
Peter FondaActor, director77
Fred BiletnikoffFootball Hall of Famer74
Patricia RichardsonActress ("Home Improvement")66
Brad WhitfordRock musician (Aerosmith)65
Howard JonesRock singer63
Kristin DavisActress ("Sex and the City")52
Josh GadActor36
Actress Dakota Fanning turns 23 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini

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