Today in history: Feb. 23 In 1836, the siege of the...

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February 23, 2000

Today in history: Feb. 23

In 1836, the siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1848, the sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, died of a stroke at age 80.

In 1861, President-elect Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take office, an assassination plot having been foiled in Baltimore.

In 1927, President Coolidge signed a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission, forerunner of the Federal Communications Commission.

In 1954, the first mass inoculation of children with the Salk polio vaccine began, in Pittsburgh.

In 1997, scientists in Scotland announced they had succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named Dolly.

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