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This Day in History for February 23 – Polio Vaccines Begin and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1896 – The Tootsie Roll is introduced (More info)

1927 – President Calvin Coolidge signs a bill establishing the Federal Radio Commission — later the Federal Communications Commission — which regulated the use of US radio frequencies (More info)

1945 – During the Battle of Iwo Jima, a group of US Marines reach the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and are photographed raising the American flag (More info)

1954 – The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh (More info)

1980 – US speed skater Eric Heiden wins an unprecedented fifth gold medal at the Winter Olympic games in Lake Placid, New York (More info)

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