Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,062 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

Let us begin with what happened today in history. You may also enter a specific day using the form on the right sidebar. It is optional to input the year. If you do give a complete date with month, day and year then only events that happened on that specific date will be shown.

About February 23

February 23, 2017 is the 54th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 311 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

You can browse the full year calendar in case you need it.

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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 361 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 23

  • 1836
    The Battle of the Alamo begins in San Antonio, Texas.
  • 1870
    In the United States, post-Civil War military control of Mississippi ends and it is readmitted to the Union.
  • 1883
    Alabama becomes the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law.
  • 1905
    Chicago attorney Paul Harris and three other businessmen meet for lunch to form the Rotary Club, the world’s first service club.
  • 1944
    The Soviet Union begins the forced deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people from the North Caucasus to Central Asia.
  • 1945
    World War II: The capital of the Philippines, Manila, is liberated by combined Filipino and American forces.
  • 1947
    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is founded.
  • 1958
    Cuban rebels kidnap 5-time world driving champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
  • 1980
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran’s parliament will decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.
  • 2010
    Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million liters of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, causing an environmental disaster.

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