On This Day: What happened on 23 February?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 23 February, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


2019 | All three people on board were killed when Atlas Air Flight 3591 crashed into Trinity Bay near Anahuac, Texas.

2012 | A series of attacks across Iraq killed at least 83 people and injured more than 250 others.

2010 | Unidentified criminals poured millions of gallons of diesel fuel and other hydrocarbons into the Lambro River, in northern Italy, causing environmental disasters.

2008 | A United States Air Force B-2 Spirit bomber crashed on Guam, making the first operational loss of a B-2.

1999 | Twenty-three years ago, Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah ÿcalan was charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.

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2003 | American sociologist and academic, Robert K. Merton, 93.

2004 | Indian politician, former Indian Minister of External Affairs, Sikander Bakht, 86.

2011 | Indian religious leader, founded Sahaja Yoga, Nirmala Srivastava, 88.

2000 | English footballer and manager, Stanley Matthews, 85.

1995 | British veterinarian and author, James Herriot, 79.


1995 | Canadian basketball player, Andrew Wiggins.

1982 | American actor and screenwriter, Adam Hann-Byrd.

1983 | American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter, Aziz Ansari.

1987 | Former member of the Parliament of Western Australia, Zak Kirkup.

1990 | Canadian ice hockey player, Kevin Connauton.


2017 | Claudio Ranieri was sacked by Leicester City, the club one point above the relegation zone with 13 games left in the 2016-17 Premier League season.


1998 | Nine people were killed and more than 40 injured when a truck overturned during an annual festival in Port-au-Prince. The Haitian band Ram was performing on a truck. None of the band members were injured.


Angola is the second-largest producer of crude oil in Africa after Nigeria and the 14th largest in the world.

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