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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.
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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)
- 1821Alexander Ypsilantis starts the Greek War of Independence in Iași, Wallachia, modern-day Romania.
- 1854The official independence of the Orange Free State is declared.
- 1896The Tootsie Roll is invented.
- 1903Cuba leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States “in perpetuity”.
- 1918First victory of Red Army over the Kaiser’s German troops near Narva and Pskov. In honor of this victory, the date is celebrated from 1923 onward as “Red Army Day”; it is renamed Defender of the Fatherland Day after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, and is colloquially known as “Men’s Day”.
- 1927German theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg writes a letter to fellow physicist Wolfgang Pauli, in which he describes his uncertainty principle for the first time.
- 1934Leopold III becomes King of Belgium.
- 1954The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh.
- 1980Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran’s parliament will decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.
- 1998In the United States, tornadoes in central Florida destroy or damage 2,600 structures and kill 42.
Who were born on February 23?
- 1417Pope Paul II (d. 1471)
- 1744Mayer Amschel Rothschild, German-born banker (d. 1812)
- 1947John McWethy, American journalist (d. 2008)
- 1947Pia Kjærsgaard, Danish politician
- 1948Doug Moench, American comic book writer
- 1955Flip Saunders, American basketball coach
- 1958David Sylvian, English musician (Japan, Nine Horses)
- 1963Bobby Bonilla, American baseball player
- 1983Mido, Egyptian footballer
- 1986Jerod Mayo, American football player
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