About February 23

February 23, 2021 is the 54th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 311 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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Pisces is the sun 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 343 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 23

  • 1455
    Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type.
  • 1660
    Charles XI becomes King of Sweden.
  • 1846
    John Henry Newman leaves the Church of England and is received into the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 1861
    President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington, D.C., after the thwarting of an alleged assassination plot in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 1887
    The French Riviera is hit by a large earthquake, killing around 2,000.
  • 1896
    The Tootsie Roll is invented.
  • 1900
    In South Africa, Boers and British troops fight in the Battle of Hart’s Hill.
  • 1903
    Cuba leases Guantánamo Bay to the United States “in perpetuity”.
  • 1905
    Chicago attorney Paul Harris and three other businessmen meet for lunch to form the Rotary Club, the world’s first service club.
  • 1917
    First demonstrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The beginning of the February Revolution.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japanese submarines fire artillery shells at the California coastline near Santa Barbara.
  • 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 11th Airborne Division, with Filipino guerrillas, free the captives of the Los Baños internment camp.
  • 1955
    First meeting of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).
  • 1966
    In Syria, Baath party member Salah Jadid leads an intra-party military coup that replaces the previous government of General Amin Hafiz, also a Baathist.
  • 1980
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran’s parliament will decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.
  • 1981
    In Spain, Antonio Tejero attempts a coup d'état by capturing the Spanish Congress of Deputies.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: Ground troops cross the Saudi Arabian border and enter Iraq, thus beginning the ground phase of the war.
  • 1991
    In Thailand, General Sunthorn Kongsompong leads a bloodless coup d'état, deposing Prime Minister Chatichai Choonhavan.
  • 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.

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