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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.

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February 23 Historical Event(s)

  • 1847
    Mexican-American War: Battle of Buena Vista – In Mexico, American troops under General Zachary Taylor defeat Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna.
  • 1896
    The Tootsie Roll is invented.
  • 1917
    First demonstrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The beginning of the February Revolution.
  • 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.
  • 1980
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran’s parliament will decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: Ground troops cross the Saudi Arabian border and enter Iraq, thus beginning the ground phase of the war.
  • 1998
    In the United States, tornadoes in central Florida destroy or damage 2,600 structures and kill 42.
  • 2005
    The controversial French law on colonialism is passed, requiring teachers to teach the “positive values of colonialism”. After public outcry, it is repealed at the beginning of 2006.

Who were born on February 23?

  • 1933
    Donna J. Stone, American poet (d. 1994)
  • 1944
    Johnny Winter, American musician
  • 1945
    Allan Boesak, South African activist
  • 1955
    Howard Jones, British pop singer
  • 1966
    Neal McDonough, American actor
  • 1971
    Jeong Chan, South Korean actor
  • 1972
    Alessandro Sturba, Italian footballer
  • 1972
    Rondell White, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Scott Elarton, American baseball player
  • 1989
    Evan Bates, American ice dancer

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