About February 23

February 23, 2020 is the 54th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 312 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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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 355 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 23

  • 303
    Roman Emperor Diocletian orders the destruction of the Christian church in Nicomedia, beginning eight years of Diocletianic Persecution.
  • 1820
    Cato Street Conspiracy: A plot to murder all the British cabinet ministers is exposed.
  • 1821
    Alexander Ypsilantis starts the Greek War of Independence in Iași, Wallachia, modern-day Romania.
  • 1836
    The Battle of the Alamo begins in San Antonio, Texas.
  • 1847
    Mexican-American War: Battle of Buena Vista – In Mexico, American troops under General Zachary Taylor defeat Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna.
  • 1848
    The French Revolution of 1848, which would lead to the establishment of the French Second Republic, begins.
  • 1886
    Charles Martin Hall produced the first samples of man-made aluminum, after several years of intensive work. He was assisted in this project by his older sister Julia Brainerd Hall.
  • 1887
    The French Riviera is hit by a large earthquake, killing around 2,000.
  • 1900
    In South Africa, Boers and British troops fight in the Battle of Hart’s Hill.
  • 1927
    German theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg writes a letter to fellow physicist Wolfgang Pauli, in which he describes his uncertainty principle for the first time.
  • 1927
    President Calvin Coolidge signs a bill by Congress establishing the Federal Radio Commission (later replaced by the Federal Communications Commission) which was to regulate the use of radio frequencies in the United States.
  • 1941
    Plutonium is first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.
  • 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: Capitulation of German garrison in Poznań. The city is liberated by Soviet and Polish forces.
  • 1954
    The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh.
  • 1980
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran’s parliament will decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.
  • 1991
    In Thailand, General Sunthorn Kongsompong leads a bloodless coup d'état, deposing Prime Minister Chatichai Choonhavan.
  • 1997
    A small fire occurs in the Russian Space station, Mir.
  • 1999
    Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
  • 2007
    A 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.

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