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23rd February

1633 * Samuel Pepys, English civil servant, author of his famous diary.

1685 * George Frederick Handel, German composer of the Water Music.

1743 * Meyer Amschel Rothschild, German founder of the banking dynasty.

1821 John Keats, English Romantic poet, died.

1836 The Siege of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas by the Mexican army began.

1898 French novelist Emile Zola was convicted of libel and sentenced to jail.

1917 The February Revolution began in Russia.

1919 Benito Mussolini founded the Fascist Party in Italy.

1920 Nancy Astor became the first woman to address Parliament.

1939 * Peter Fonda, US film actor.

1946 Juan Peron was elected as the President of Argentina.

1959 Britain and the USSR (Macmillan and Khrushchev) agreed to expand Anglo-Soviet trade and cultural ties.

1991 Lithuania rejected the Communist Party in its first free elections since the collapse of communism.

1997 Scottish scientists announced the successful cloning of a sheep, Dolly.

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