This Day in History is DUE’s daily dose of trivia for all the history buffs out there. So sit back and take a ride of all the fascinating things that happened today on 23 February!
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people, and hence, every day has been a significant one in the foibles of history. Now, let’s take a tour of “This Day in History – 23 February”.
1966 – Syrian coup d’état
On 23 February 1966, the 13th Syrian military coup took place since the country’s independence from France. It is believed to have resulted in fifty casualties.
1969 – Death anniversary of Madhubala
The iconic Indian film-star Madhubala passed away shortly after her 36th birthday due to a Ventricular Septal Defect, which is a condition that caused a hole in her heart. Her legacy has many remarkable works like ‘Mr. & Mrs. ‘55’, ‘Howrah Bridge’ and ‘Kala Pani.’
1983 – Emily Blunt’s birthday
The British actress is best known for her movies like ‘The Devil wears Prada’, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ and ‘The Muppets’.
1997 – Announcement of the world’s first mammal that was cloned from an adult
Dolly, a Finnish Dorset sheep, was born in 1996, yet the achievement of her creation was announced later 𑁋 on this day. Her birth was a major scientific leap and immediately became the ‘90s media speculation’ where talks about human cloning gained traction.
1998 – A Fatwa by Osama Bin Laden
On this day, Al-Quds al-Arabi, an Arabic newspaper published in London, printed a fatwa that was allegedly faxed to them under the signatures of Laden. The Fatwa called for a Jihad against the Jews and the Crusaders.