Tuesday, February 23, 2010


1862 - Filipino revolutionary General Edilberto T. Evangelista, is born in Santa Cruz, Manila; a civil engineering graduate from Belgium's University of Ghent, he was responsible for ably directing all the entrenchment and defense works of the revolutionaries, thus giving the Spanish colonial forces considerable trouble in the many battles during the Philippine Revolution of 1896.

1918 - Estonia proclaims independence from the new Soviet Union, with the protection of Germany that has earlier occupied the northern European country; Konstantin Pats forms a provisional government and the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk will force the Soviets to recognize Estonian independence.

1981 - Buckingham Palace announces the engagement of Britain's Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, the daughter of Earl Spencer and Mrs. Shand Kydd;  a kindergarten teacher, Lady Di describes her reaction to the prince's proposal as being "delighted and thrilled, blissfully happy."

1987 - Astronomer Ian Shelton discovers the brightest observable supernova since the one Kepler had witnessed in 1604 after taking an image of the Large Magellanic Cloud; his discovery will lead astronomers to the in-depth study of neutrinos,ephemeral radiation particles emitted by exploding stars.

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