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Wednesday February 23, 2022

February 23: Day of the Week

February 23, 2022 is the 54th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 311 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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

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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.

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February 23 Historical Event(s)

  • 303
    Roman Emperor Diocletian orders the destruction of the Christian church in Nicomedia, beginning eight years of Diocletianic Persecution.
  • 1887
    The French Riviera is hit by a large earthquake, killing around 2,000.
  • 1896
    The Tootsie Roll is invented.
  • 1943
    A fire breaks out at St. Joseph’s Orphanage, County Cavan, Ireland, killing 36 people (35 of whom are children).
  • 1945
    World War II: The 11th Airborne Division, with Filipino guerrillas, free the captives of the Los Baños internment camp.
  • 1947
    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is founded.
  • 1955
    First meeting of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).
  • 1991
    In Thailand, General Sunthorn Kongsompong leads a bloodless coup d'état, deposing Prime Minister Chatichai Choonhavan.
  • 1998
    Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and “Crusaders”; the latter term is commonly interpreted to refer to the people of Europe and the United States.
  • 1999
    Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.

Who were born on February 23?

  • 1904
    Terence Fisher, English film director (d. 1980)
  • 1904
    William L. Shirer, American historian (d. 1993)
  • 1924
    Allan McLeod Cormack, South-African born physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1944
    Bernard Cornwell, English historical novelist
  • 1951
    Patricia Richardson, American actress
  • 1955
    Flip Saunders, American basketball coach
  • 1963
    Bobby Bonilla, American baseball player
  • 1965
    Helena Suková, Czech former tennis player
  • 1974
    Herschelle Gibbs, South African cricketer
  • 1983
    Emily Blunt, British actress

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