Today is Tuesday, February 23rd. It’s National Banana Bread Day, World Spay Day, International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, Diesel Engine Day, Play Tennis Day, and Curling Is Cool Day

There are 22 days remaining until St. Patrick’s Day
There are 25 days until Spring
There are 37 days until baseball’s Opening Day
There are 40 days remaining until Easter

Today is the day that…

— in 1836, the siege of the Alamo by the Mexican Army begins, lasting for 13 days until March 6 when the entire garrison, including Davy Crockett, is eventually killed

— in 1896, the Tootsie Roll Pop was invented

— in 1904, the United States acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million

— in 1940, Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio” was released

— in 1945, US Marines raise the American flag on top of Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima. Joe Rosenthall’s photo of the event later becomes iconic, inspiring the Marine Corps War Memorial sculpture

— in 1952, Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford is born in Winchester, Massachusetts

— in 1954, Dr. Jonas E. Salk developed a vaccine for polio

— in 1964, For the third week in a row, The Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan Show

— in 1965, Stan Laurel, one half of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy, died at the age of 74

— in 1970, Ringo Starr guests on Laugh In, making his first solo TV appearance

— in 1971, George Harrison is fined and his driving license is suspended for 1 year

— in 1972, Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla were legally separated. The couple had married in 1967.

— in 1975, In response to the energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly two months early in the United States

— in 1978, The Police sign with A&M Records

— in 1980, Queen’s ”Crazy Little Thing Called Love” hits #1

— in 1981, People magazine publishes a shocking cover story detailing the drug ordeal of daughter and father Mackenzie & Papa John Phillips

— in 1983, the upstart USFL’s New Jersey Generals sign Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker to a massive 3 year, $5 million deal

— also in 1983, The US Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri

— in 1985, Indiana head basketball coach Bobby Knight infamously throws a chair onto the court during a game against Purdue

— in 1988, the city of Chicago allows the Cubs to install lights at Wrigley Field and play up to 18 night games

— in 1991, President George H. W. Bush gives Iraq a 24-hour deadline to withdraw from Kuwait or face a ground war

— in 1993, Gary Coleman wins a $1,280,000 lawsuit against his parents

— in 1997, NBC aired “Schindler’s List,” completely uncensored. 65 million people watched.

— in 1999, Eminem dropped his first major-label album, The Slim Shady LP.

— in 2000, Carlos Santana won eight Grammy Awards for his album “Supernatural,” tying the record set by Michael Jackson in 1983 for “Thriller.”

— in 2003, Simon & Garfunkel receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy award, and sing together for the first time in ten years.

— also in 2003, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers bass player Howie Epstein dies at age 47 after a long battle with drug addiction

— in 2005, efforts to identify victims from the September 11th attack on America ended, leaving more than 1,000 bodies unidentified

— in 2010, London’s Abbey Road studios was made a listed (historically protected) building, protecting it from plans to radically alter it. The Beatles used Abbey Road for 90% of their recordings, naming an album after the studios in 1969.

— in 2014, the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics took place in Russia

— and in 2020, the first major COVID-19 outbreak in Europe is declared in Italy, with 152 cases and three deaths, prompting emergency measures, and the locking down of 10 towns in Lombardy

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