This commemorative stamp issued in 2005 shows Dr. Jonas Salk administering the polio vaccine to what would be millions of American children in the mid 1950s, quickly eradicating polio as a disease threat in the United States.
Today is Sunday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2014. There are 311 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb 23:
In 1848, the sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, died in Washington, D.C., at age 80.
In 1863, British explorers John H. Speke and James A. Grant announced they had found the source of the Nile River to be Lake Victoria.
In 1870, Mississippi was readmitted to the Union.
In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission, forerunner of the Federal Communications Commission.
In 1944, U.S. forces secured Eniwetok Atoll from the Japanese during World War II.
In 1970, Guyana became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.
In 1989, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 11-9 along party lines to recommend rejection of John Tower as President George H.W. Bush's defense secretary. (Tower's nomination went down to defeat in the full Senate the following month.)
In entertainment history – on Feb 23,
In 1957, Porter Wagoner joined the Grand Ole Opry.
In 1970, Canada's music awards, known as the Junos, were presented for the first time. The Guess Who won for best group that year.
In 1979, Dire Straits began its first tour of North America.
In 1983, the band Toto won six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for "Toto IV."
In 1988, Michael Jackson kicked off his first solo U.S. tour in Kansas City.
In 1993, actor Anthony Hopkins was knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.
In 1994, a judge in Los Angeles dismissed a suit brought by Martha Raye against Bette Midler. Raye had said Midler stole her life story for the movie "For the Boys."
In 1995, singer Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of complications following a brain seizure in Los Angeles. He was 53.
In 1996, actress Halle (HAL'-ee) Berry and Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice announced they were ending their three-year marriage.
In 2003, Norah Jones won five Grammys, one for every category in which she was nominated, including album of the year. The Grammys show opened with Simon and Garfunkel, the first time they had performed together in a decade.