1945 Battle of Iwo Jima - Raising of the Flag The famous raising of the flag on Mt. Suribachi. With more than 7,000 U.S. soldiers killed, the battle of Iwo Jima was one of the costliest battles of World War II. The battle lasted from February 19th to March 26th.
303 Termination of Christianity Roman Emperor Diocletian ordered that the Christian church at Nicomedia be razed, its scriptures burned, and its treasures seized. This would be the day they would "terminate" Christianity, in celebration of the feast of the Terminalia, for Terminus, the god of boundaries.
1944 Johnny Winter d. 2014 American albino Hall of Fame blues guitarist. Music: Silver Train (1973).
1940 Peter Fonda American actor. Film: Easy Rider (1969, Captain America).
1929 Elston Gene Howard d. 1980 American baseball player, American League 1963 MVP and the first to use a baseball bat with a weight on the end to warm up in the on-deck circle (1969).
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