February 23: Day of the Week
February 23, 2021 was the 54th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 311 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is martes.
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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.
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February 23 Historical Event(s)
- 1455Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type.
- 1660Charles XI becomes King of Sweden.
- 1883Alabama becomes the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law.
- 1898Émile Zola is imprisoned in France after writing “J'accuse”, a letter accusing the French government of anti-Semitism and wrongfully imprisoning Captain Alfred Dreyfus.
- 1927President Calvin Coolidge signs a bill by Congress establishing the Federal Radio Commission (later replaced by the Federal Communications Commission) which was to regulate the use of radio frequencies in the United States.
- 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.
- 1954The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh.
- 1981In Spain, Antonio Tejero attempts a coup d'état by capturing the Spanish Congress of Deputies.
- 1999An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31.
Who were born on February 23?
- 1868W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights leader (d. 1963)
- 1923Rafael Addiego Bruno, Uruguayan politician
- 1931Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist (d. 2004)
- 1947John McWethy, American journalist (d. 2008)
- 1950Maxi, Irish singer and radio personality
- 1964David E. Clemmer, American ion mobility-mass spectrometrist, 2006 recipient of Biemann Medal
- 1965John Norum, Norwegian guitarist (Europe)
- 1971Jeong Chan, South Korean actor
- 1975Natalia Verbeke, Argentine actress
- 1983Mido, Egyptian footballer
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