February 23: Day of the Week
February 23, 2017 is the 54th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 311 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Thursday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.
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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.
- 1739Richard Palmer is identified at York Castle, by his former schoolteacher, as the outlaw Dick Turpin.
- 1847Mexican-American War: Battle of Buena Vista – In Mexico, American troops under General Zachary Taylor defeat Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna.
- 1903Cuba leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States “in perpetuity”.
- 1917First demonstrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The beginning of the February Revolution.
- 1943A fire breaks out at St. Joseph’s Orphanage, County Cavan, Ireland, killing 36 people (35 of whom are children).
- 1945World 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.
- 1945World War II: The German town of Pforzheim is completely destroyed in a raid by 379 British bombers.
- 1987Supernova 1987a is seen in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
- 2010Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million liters of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, causing an environmental disaster.
Who were born on February 23?
- 1891Harold Horder, Australian rugby league player (d. 1978)
- 1899Norman Taurog, American film director (d. 1981)
- 1924Claude Sautet, French film director (d. 2000)
- 1955Flip Saunders, American basketball coach
- 1960Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan
- 1971Melinda Messenger, English television presenter
- 1973Jack Case, American artist
- 1981Charles Tillman, American football player
- 1982Malia Metella, French swimmer
- 1983Aziz Ansari, Indian-American comedian
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