February 23: Day of the Week
February 23, 2018 was the 54th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 311 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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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.
- 1887The French Riviera is hit by a large earthquake, killing around 2,000.
- 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.
- 1903Cuba leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States “in perpetuity”.
- 1918First victory of Red Army over the Kaiser’s German troops near Narva and Pskov. In honor of this victory, the date is celebrated from 1923 onward as “Red Army Day”; it is renamed Defender of the Fatherland Day after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, and is colloquially known as “Men’s Day”.
- 1974The Symbionese Liberation Army demands $4 million more to release kidnap victim Patty Hearst.
- 1980Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran’s parliament will decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.
- 1983The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.
- 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.
- 2008A United States Air Force B-2 Spirit crashes on Guam. It is the first operational loss of a B-2.
Who were born on February 23?
- 1852Emperor Duc Duc (pronounced “dzup-duc”), the fifth emperor of the Vietnamese Nguyễn Dynasty (d. 1883)
- 1889John Gilbert Winant, American politician (d. 1947)
- 1904Leopold Trepper, Soviet spy (d. 1982)
- 1904Terence Fisher, English film director (d. 1980)
- 1923Mary Francis Shura, American writer (d. 1991)
- 1932Majel Barrett, American actress (d. 2008)
- 1945Allan Boesak, South African activist
- 1973Lars-Olof Johansson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)
- 1977Kristina Šmigun-Vähi, Estonian cross-country skier
- 1979S.E. Cupp, American author and political commentator
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