MILESTONES: February 23 birthdays for Emily Blunt, D’Angelo Russell, Aziz Ansari
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Pro Football Hall of Famer Jackie Smith, who was born in 1940; former N.Y. Mets second baseman Ron Hunt, who was born in 1941; former NFL defensive end Ed “Too Tall” Jones, who was born in 1951; “Home Improvement” star Patricia Richardson, who was born in 1951; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), who was born in 1952; “No One is to Blame” singer Howard Jones, who was born in 1955; Queensryche co-founder Michael Wilton, who was born in 1962; former N.Y. Mets outfielder Bobby Bonilla, who was born in 1963; political commentator S.E. Cupp, who was born in 1979; “Master of None” star Aziz Ansari, who was born in 1983; “A Quiet Place” star Emily Blunt, who was born in 1983; and former Brooklyn Nets point guard D’Angelo Russell, who was born in 1996.
BANNER DAY: U.S. Marines raised the American flag on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima on this day in 1945. Nearly 20,000 U.S. soldiers lost their lives before the island was finally taken from the Japanese a month later.
ALLIED FORCES: The ground war in Operation Desert Storm began 30 years ago today. After an air campaign lasting slightly more than a month, the allies launched their offensive against Iraqi forces, which had invaded Kuwait in August 1990.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.”
— author W.E.B. Du Bois, who was born on this day in 1868
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