February 23

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  • 1903: Real World - Guantanamo Bay leased "in perpetuity" to the United States by Cuba.
  • 1942: Real World - A Japanese boat fires at an oil refinery in Santa Barbara, California, but only inflicts negligible damage.
  • 1945: Real World - U.S. forces claim victory at the Battle of Iwo Jima and liberate Manila.
  • 1954: Real World - First mass vaccination of children against polio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • 1966: Real World - The Ba'ath Party rises to power in Syria following a military coup.
  • 1987: Real World - Astronomers observe Supernova 1987a, the first such event seen from Earth since 1604.
  • 1998: Real World - Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa that proclaims jihad against all Jews and "Crusaders."

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