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Today in History
Friday, February 23

2010Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million liters of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, causing an environmental disaster.
2008A United States Air Force B-2 Spirit crashes on Guam. It is the first operational loss of a B-2.
2007A train derails on an evening express service near Grayrigg, Cumbria, England, killing one person and injuring 22. This results in hundreds of points being checked over the UK after a few similar accidents.
2006Dubai Ports World agrees to postpone its plans to take over management of six U.S. ports after the proposal ignited harsh bipartisan criticism.
2005In Slovakia, a two-day meeting dubbed "Slovakia Summit 2005" takes place between U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin. This occasion marks the first visit of a sitting American President to the Slovak Republic since its establishment in 1993.
2005The controversial French law on colonialism is passed, requiring teachers to teach the "positive values of colonialism". After public outcry, it is repealed at the beginning of 2006.
1999Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
1999An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31.
1998In the United States, tornadoes in central Florida destroy or damage 2,600 structures and kill 42.
1998Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and "Crusaders"; the latter term is commonly interpreted to refer to the people of Europe and the United States.
 
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Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime.

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The blue whale is the largest animal that has ever lived.

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Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

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