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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)

  • 1455
    Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type.
  • 1846
    John Henry Newman leaves the Church of England and is received into the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 1900
    In South Africa, Boers and British troops fight in the Battle of Hart’s Hill.
  • 1917
    First demonstrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The beginning of the February Revolution.
  • 1934
    Leopold III becomes King of Belgium.
  • 1945
    World War II: The German town of Pforzheim is completely destroyed in a raid by 379 British bombers.
  • 1954
    The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh.
  • 1958
    Cuban rebels kidnap 5-time world driving champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
  • 1966
    In Syria, Baath party member Salah Jadid leads an intra-party military coup that replaces the previous government of General Amin Hafiz, also a Baathist.
  • 1974
    The Symbionese Liberation Army demands $4 million more to release kidnap victim Patty Hearst.

Who were born on February 23?

  • 1680
    Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, French colonizer and Governor of Louisiana (d. 1767)
  • 1723
    Richard Price, Welsh philosopher (d. 1791)
  • 1889
    Musidora, French actress and director (d. 1957)
  • 1901
    Edgar Ende, German painter (d. 1965)
  • 1923
    Rafael Addiego Bruno, Uruguayan politician
  • 1947
    John McWethy, American journalist (d. 2008)
  • 1955
    Howard Jones, British pop singer
  • 1958
    David Sylvian, English musician (Japan, Nine Horses)
  • 1965
    Michael Dell, American computer manufacturer
  • 1975
    Robert Lopez, American composer

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