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Thursday February 23, 2017

February 23: Day of the Week

February 23, 2017 was the 54th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 311 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.

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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 1660
    Charles XI becomes King of Sweden.
  • 1836
    The Battle of the Alamo begins in San Antonio, Texas.
  • 1887
    The French Riviera is hit by a large earthquake, killing around 2,000.
  • 1927
    German theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg writes a letter to fellow physicist Wolfgang Pauli, in which he describes his uncertainty principle for the first time.
  • 1945
    World War II: During the Battle of Iwo Jima, a group of United States Marines and a commonly forgotten U.S. Navy Corpsman, reach the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and are photographed raising the American flag.
  • 1945
    World War II: The German town of Pforzheim is completely destroyed in a raid by 379 British bombers.
  • 1958
    Cuban rebels kidnap 5-time world driving champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
  • 1981
    In Spain, Antonio Tejero attempts a coup d'état by capturing the Spanish Congress of Deputies.
  • 1983
    The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.
  • 1991
    In Thailand, General Sunthorn Kongsompong leads a bloodless coup d'état, deposing Prime Minister Chatichai Choonhavan.

Who were born on February 23?

  • 1809
    William Sprague, American minister and politician from Michigan (d. 1868)
  • 1889
    Musidora, French actress and director (d. 1957)
  • 1889
    Victor Fleming, American director (d. 1949)
  • 1924
    Allan McLeod Cormack, South-African born physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1944
    Johnny Winter, American musician
  • 1955
    Tom Bodett, American voice actor, radio personality, and writer
  • 1963
    Bobby Bonilla, American baseball player
  • 1966
    Neal McDonough, American actor
  • 1974
    Herschelle Gibbs, South African cricketer
  • 1983
    Mirco Bergamasco, Italian rugby player

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