Today in history 2/23/2017

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2/23/2017:

Today in history, Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado (see picture below) begins his unsuccessful search for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold in the American Southwest in 1540.

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Today in history, The 5th War of Religion breaks out in France in 1574.

Today in history, The Liberty Bell tolls for the last time, to mark George Washington’s birthday in 1846.

Today in history, Forces led by Zachary Taylor (see picture below) defeat the Mexicans at the Battle of Buena Vista in 1847.

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Today in history, Writer Emile Zola (see picture below) is imprisoned in France for his letter J’accuse in which he accuses the French government of anti-semitism and the wrongful imprisonment of army captain Alfred Dreyfus in 1898.

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Today in history, U.S. Marines plant an American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima (see picture below) in 1945.

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Today in history, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibits a collection of Hapsburg art; the first showing of this collection in the United States in 1950.

Today in history, Whites join Black students in a sit-in at a Winston-Salem, N.C. Woolworth store in 1960.

Today in history, French forces unofficially start the Persian Gulf ground war by crossing the Saudi-Iraqi border in 1991.

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