February 23: Day of the Week
February 23, 2016 was the 54th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 312 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is martes.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
February 23 Historical Event(s)
- 303Roman Emperor Diocletian orders the destruction of the Christian church in Nicomedia, beginning eight years of Diocletianic Persecution.
- 1455Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type.
- 1848The French Revolution of 1848, which would lead to the establishment of the French Second Republic, begins.
- 1854The official independence of the Orange Free State is declared.
- 1883Alabama becomes the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law.
- 1944The Soviet Union begins the forced deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people from the North Caucasus to Central Asia.
- 1947The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is founded.
- 1966In Syria, Baath party member Salah Jadid leads an intra-party military coup that replaces the previous government of General Amin Hafiz, also a Baathist.
- 1987Supernova 1987a is seen in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
- 1998In the United States, tornadoes in central Florida destroy or damage 2,600 structures and kill 42.
Who were born on February 23?
- 1685George Frideric Handel, German/British Baroque composer (d. 1759)
- 1729Josiah Hornblower, American statesman (d. 1809)
- 1915Jon Hall, American actor (d. 1979)
- 1923Rafael Addiego Bruno, Uruguayan politician
- 1941Ron Hunt, baseball player
- 1945Allan Boesak, South African activist
- 1960Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan
- 1968Justin Bell, British racing driver
- 1971Melinda Messenger, English television presenter
- 1972Alessandro Sturba, Italian footballer
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