Wednesday 23 February 2011
It was Wednesday, under the sign of Pisces. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of February people in US were listening to Born This Way by Lady GaGa.
L'argent, directed by Marcel L'Herbier, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2011
while Tick Tock by James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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- Saint Milburga
- Roman Empire - Terminalia held in honor of Terminus.
- Russia - Defender of the Fatherland Day (formerly Red Army Day or Day of Soviet Army and Navy).
- Blessed odilia of Mombeek
- Guyana - Mashramani-Republic Day.
- Brunei - National Day.
- Catholicism - Feast day of Saint Polycarp of Smyrna (died 155)
- Saint Lazarus (d.867)
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- 2011 Libyan civil war
- Italy's foreign minister says as many as 1,000 people have been killed in Libya during the unrest. (Reuters)
- Anti-government protestors and defectors take control of more cities. (Al Jazeera)
- The African Union condemns the ampquotexcessive use of forceampquot against protesters. (AFP via Google News)
- Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs, accuses the US media of inciting violence. (AP via MSNBC)
- More than 5,700 people have fled Libya for Tunisia in the past couple of days. (Al Jazeera)
- Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the former Libyan Minister for Justice, claims that Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi personally authorised the Lockerbie bombing. (AP via Washington Post)
- 2011 Yemeni protests:
- Eight members of the ruling General People's Congress party resign after the deaths of protestors. (RFI)
- A missing Enid Blyton manuscript is found in an archive of her work. (''The Guardian'')
- Samsung releases, in South Korea, a camera that can post photos and videos directly to Facebook and Youtube. (Yonhap)
- Australian businessman Lachlan Murdoch is appointed as acting CEO of Network Ten following the sacking of Grant Blackley. (NineMSN)
- Oil prices reach a two-year high due to uncertainty in the Middle East most notably in Libya. (AP via News Limited)
- Japan logs its first trade deficit in almost two years due to high commodity prices and weak demand for its exports. (''Brisbane Times'')
- Stock markets in the United States and Europe fall due to uncertainty in the Middle East and rising oil prices. (Bloomberg)
- 2011 Canterbury earthquake:
- 300 persons are estimated to be still missing in Christchurch, New Zealand, following yesterday's earthquake with the official death toll reaching 75. (''Courier Mail'')
- The earthquake shakes off 30 million tonnes of ice loose from the Tasman Glacier in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. (''NZ Herald'')
- Rescue crews pull out of central Christchurch due to fears that one of the tallest buildings, the Grand Chancellor Hotel, will collapse. (ABC News Australia)
- The Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key declares a national emergency. (SBS)
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