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On This Day in History - 23rd February


1633Samuel Pepys, Diarist and civil servant
1685Geroge Frederic Handel, German operatic composer
1883Victor Flemming, American film director of 'Wizard of OZ'
1899Erich Kastner, German children's author
1940Peter Fonda, American film actor, 'Easy Rider'
1955Howard Jones, Singer
1959Linda Nolan, Singer with the 'Nolans'


1836The seige at the Alamo, Texas, began - only six people survived
1919The Italian Fascist Party was founded by Benito Mussolini
1920Britain's first regular broadcasting service began, from Marconi's studios in Chelmsford
1950Britain held a General Election; the Labour Party won
1965Stan Laurel, the film comedian teamed with Oliver Hardy, died
1970Guyana became an independent republic within the Commonwealth
1981Spanish army officers attempted a coup in the Spanish Parliament
1991The military seized power in Thailand, Asia
1993An estimated 27,000 Indians were arrested on the eve of a Hindu rally