February 23: Day of the Week
February 23, 2019 was the 54th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 311 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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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)
- 1821Alexander Ypsilantis starts the Greek War of Independence in Iași, Wallachia, modern-day Romania.
- 1883Alabama becomes the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law.
- 1887The French Riviera is hit by a large earthquake, killing around 2,000.
- 1909The AEA Silver Dart makes the first powered flight in Canada and the British Empire.
- 1917First demonstrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The beginning of the February Revolution.
- 1944The Soviet Union begins the forced deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people from the North Caucasus to Central Asia.
- 1987Supernova 1987a is seen in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
- 1998Osama 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.
- 1999Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
- 2007A train derails on an evening express service near Grayrigg, Cumbria, England, killing one person and injuring 22. This results in hundreds of points being checked over the UK after a few similar accidents.
Who were born on February 23?
- 1883Karl Jaspers, German philosopher (d. 1969)
- 1889Musidora, French actress and director (d. 1957)
- 1928Hans Herrmann, German race car driver
- 1941Ron Hunt, baseball player
- 1957Ria Brieffies, Dutch singer (d. 2009)
- 1962John David Brown, American illustrator, cartoonist
- 1967Chris Vrenna, American musician, producer and sound engineer Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker
- 1969Michael Campbell, New Zealand golfer
- 1972Rondell White, American baseball player
- 1992Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Greek footballer
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