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Infoplease - This Day in History

Events from This Day in History from the Editors of Infoplease

Published: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 04:00:00 UTC

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February 23, 1821: John Keats, English Romantic poet, died.

February 23, 1898: 1898 French novelist Emile Zola was convicted of libel and sentenced to jail for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing the government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Captain Alfred Dreyfus.

February 23, 1942: The first Axis shelling of U.S. soil took place near Santa Barbara, Calif.