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Tuesday February 23, 2016

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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kayōbi.

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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)

  • 303
    Roman Emperor Diocletian orders the destruction of the Christian church in Nicomedia, beginning eight years of Diocletianic Persecution.
  • 1821
    Alexander Ypsilantis starts the Greek War of Independence in Iași, Wallachia, modern-day Romania.
  • 1898
    Émile Zola is imprisoned in France after writing “J'accuse”, a letter accusing the French government of anti-Semitism and wrongfully imprisoning Captain Alfred Dreyfus.
  • 1903
    Cuba leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States “in perpetuity”.
  • 1918
    First 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”.
  • 1941
    Plutonium is first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japanese submarines fire artillery shells at the California coastline near Santa Barbara.
  • 1945
    World War II: The capital of the Philippines, Manila, is liberated by combined Filipino and American forces.
  • 1981
    In Spain, Antonio Tejero attempts a coup d'état by capturing the Spanish Congress of Deputies.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: Ground troops cross the Saudi Arabian border and enter Iraq, thus beginning the ground phase of the war.

Who were born on February 23?

  • 1417
    Pope Paul II (d. 1471)
  • 1901
    Edgar Ende, German painter (d. 1965)
  • 1904
    William L. Shirer, American historian (d. 1993)
  • 1923
    Miljenko Smoje, Dalmatian writer and journalist (d. 1995)
  • 1955
    Tom Bodett, American voice actor, radio personality, and writer
  • 1960
    Ivan Vdović, also known as VD, Yugoslavian musician (Šarlo Akrobata) (d. 1992)
  • 1963
    Radosław Sikorski, Polish politician
  • 1974
    Leko, American DJ
  • 1981
    Charles Tillman, American football player
  • 1983
    Emily Blunt, British actress

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