THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • 303 Roman Emperor Diocletian begins his policy of persecuting Christians, razing the church at Nicomedia
  • 1455 Johannes Gutenberg prints his first Bible (estimated date)
  • 1540 Francisco Vázquez de Coronado’s expedition sets off from Mexico in search of the 7 cities of Cibola
  • 1836 Alamo besieged for 13 days until March 6 by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed
  • 1904 United States acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
  • 1945 US Marines raise American flag on top of Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima. Photo of which by Joe Rosenthall later became iconic, inspiring the Marine Corps War Memorial sculpture
  • 1954 1st mass inoculation against polio with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)
  • 1998 Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders

Source: Onthisday.com

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