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This Day in History for February 23

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This Day In History1792 – Humane Society of Massachusetts incorporated (erected life-saving stations for distressed mariners)

1822 – Boston, Massachusetts, is incorporated as a city.

1883 – Alabama becomes 1st US state to enact an antitrust law.

1893 – Rudolf Diesel obtains a patent for his internal combustion engine, later known as the diesel engine.

1896 – Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield.

1904 – United States acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million.

1927 – US President Calvin Coolidge creates Federal Radio Commission (FRC).

1939 – 11th Academy Awards: “You Can’t Take It With You”, Spencer Tracy & Bette Davis wins.

1940 – Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio” released.

1950 – 7th Golden Globes: “All the King’s Men”, Broderick Crawford, & Olivia de Havilland win.

1954 – 1st mass inoculation against polio with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)

1960 – Demolition begins on Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field (opened in 1913)

1964 – 6th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (154.334)

1971 – US army officer William Calley confesses & implicates Captain Medina during his trial for the My Lai Massacre.

1983 – USFL NJ Generals sign Heisman winner Herschel Walker (3 years-$5 million)

1985 – Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game.

1988 – Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights & play up to 18 night games.

1991 – UNC is 1st NCAA basketball game to win 1,500 games.

2014 – 56th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins (145.29 MPH)

2016 – US primary elections: Nevada Republican Primary – Donald Trump wins with 49.95%.