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THIS DAY IN HISTORY                Friday, 23 February 2018
 
 

1455
Johannes Gutenberg printed the world’s first book, the Bible.


  1821
John Keats, English Romantic poet best known for his odes, died in Rome.

  1874
Major Walter Winfield patented a game called ‘sphairistike’ which later came to be known as lawn tennis.

  1886
The London Times published the world’s first classified advertisement.

  1898
In France, writer Emile Zola was imprisoned for writing his J’accuse! letter accusing the government of anti-Semitism and for wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus.

  1941
Plutonium was first produced and isolated by Nobel Laureate, Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.

  1954
The first mass inoculation with the Salk polio vaccine was carried out in Pittsburgh, USA.

  2004
Vijay Anand (b.1934), director of award-winning films like Guide (1965) and Johnny Mera Naam (1970), died. He was actor Dev Anand’s younger brother.

 

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