By The Associated Press
Today’s highlight in the story:
On February 23, 1954, the first mass inoculation of school children against poliomyelitis using the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh as some 5,000 students were vaccinated.
To this date :
In 1685, the composer George Frideric Handel was born in present-day Germany.
In 1822 Boston obtained a charter to incorporate as a city.
In 1836, the Alamo’s headquarters began in San Antonio, Texas.
In 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln secretly arrived in Washington to take office, after hearing of a possible assassination plot in Baltimore.
In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an agreement with Cuba to lease the area around Guantanamo Bay to the United States.
In 1942, the first bombing of the American continent during World War II occurred when a Japanese submarine fired on an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, causing little damage.
In 1945, during World War II, U.S. Marines from Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi, where they raised two American flags (the second flag raising was captured in the iconic Associated Press photograph.)
In 1999, Hip Hop artist Eminem released his first major album ‘The Slim Shady LP’ (Grammy 2000 – Rap album).
In 1998, 42 people were killed, some 2,600 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed by tornadoes in central Florida.
In 2007, a Mississippi grand jury declined to bring new charges in the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, the black teenager who was beaten and shot after being accused of whistling a white woman, refusing to charge the woman, Carolyn Bryant Donham, with manslaughter.
In 2011, in a major policy shift, the Obama administration declared that it would no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law banning the recognition of same-sex marriage.
In 2013, around 30 NASCAR fans were injured when rookie Kyle Larson’s car crashed into the fence at Daytona International Speedway, and large chunks of debris flew into the stands.
In 2020, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was fatally shot on a residential street in Georgia; a white father and son had armed themselves and chased him after seeing him running through their neighborhood. (Greg and Travis McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were convicted of murder, aggravated assault and other counts and were sentenced to life in prison.)
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama, speaking in Miami, sought to confront public concern over rising gas prices as he encouraged the expansion of oil exploration and national gas, as well as the development of new forms of energy.
Five years ago: Seeking to assuage growing unease in Latin America, President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly promised during a visit to Mexico City that the United States would not draft in its military to enforce immigration laws and that there would be “no mass deportations.
A year ago: Capitol security officials at the time of the Jan. 6 riot told lawmakers that missed intelligence was to blame for the failure to anticipate the violent crowd. Golfer Tiger Woods was seriously injured when his SUV crashed into a median and overturned several times on a steep road in suburban Los Angeles.
Today’s birthdays: Professional and College Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff turns 79. Author John Sandford is 78 years old. Actor Patricia Richardson is 71 years old. Former NFL player Ed “Too Tall” Jones is 71.
Rock musician Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) is 70 years old. Singer Howard Jones is 67 years old. Rock musician Michael Wilton (Queensryche) is 60 years old. Country singer Dusty Drake is 58. Actor Kristin Davis is 57 years old. Former tennis player Helena Sukova is 57 years old. Actor Marc Price is 54 years old. TV personality/businessman Daymond John (TV: “Shark Tank”) is 53 years old. Actor Niecy Nash is 52 years old. Rock musician Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) is 51 years old. Country singer Steve Holy is 50 years old. Rock musician Lasse (loss) Johansson (The Cardigans) is 49. Theater composer Robert Lopez is 47 years old. Actor Kelly Macdonald is 46 years old. The rapper Residente (Calle 13) is 44 years old. Actor Josh Gad is 41 years old. Actor Emily Blunt is 39 years old. Actor Aziz Ansari is 39 years old. Actor Tye White (TV: “Greenleaf”) is 36 years old. Actor Dakota Fanning is 28 years old.