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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Today in history—February 23

1455: The first Western book with movable type is published, the Gutenberg Bible.  It will take more than 400 years before the first casebook is set in movable type.

1836: Troops under Antonio López de Santa Anna begin their siege of rebels at the Alamo mission near San Antonio. The rebels, who are demanding adherence to the Mexican Constitution of 1824, are led by lawyer William Barrett Travis.

1848: Lawyer and former President John Quincy Adams dies in the Capitol Building at Washington, D.C. His most lasting contribution to American political life is replacing knee britches with long pants.

1854: The English Court of Exchequer issues its decision in Hadley v. Baxendale.

1854: Three thousand Boston merchants jam Faneuil Hall for a businessmen's protest meeting against the pending Kansas-Nebraska Act, which will re-introduce slavery into areas prohibited by the old Missouri Compromise.

1905: Three Chicago businessmen and a lawyer form a new luncheon group that they call "The Rotary Club."

1908: Future lawyer and Australian Prime Minister William McMahon is born at Sydney, New South Wales.

1947: The world’s most important standard-setting body, the International Organization for Standardization, known as "ISO," is founded.

1974: Trying to test the old writers' proverb that the most lucrative kind of writing is the ransom note, the Symbionese Liberation Army asks $4 million for the release of heiress Patricia Hearst.

2003: Sociologist Robert K. Merton, the man who coined "self-fulfilling prophecy" and "role model," dies at age 92.

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