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.
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Composer George Frideric Handel was born in Germany.
Boston was granted a charter to incorporate as a city.
The siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas.
U.S. troops under Gen. Zachary Taylor defeated Mexican general Santa Anna at the Battle of Buena Vista in Mexico.
John 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.
President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take office after an assassination plot was foiled in Baltimore.
Mississippi was readmitted to the Union.
The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began, in Pittsburgh.
Stan Laurel of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy died at age 74.
President George H.W. Bush announced that the allied ground offensive against Iraqi forces had begun.
Scientists in Scotland announced they had cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named Dolly.
A jury in Jasper, Texas, convicted white supremacist John William King of murder in the dragging death of an African-American man, James Byrd Jr.
Carlos Santana won eight Grammy Awards for his album "Supernatural," tying the record set by Michael Jackson in 1983 for "Thriller."
Norah Jones won five Grammy Awards for the album "Come Away With Me."
The 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.