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.
  • 1739
    Richard Palmer is identified at York Castle, by his former schoolteacher, as the outlaw Dick Turpin.
  • 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.
  • 1848
    The French Revolution of 1848, which would lead to the establishment of the French Second Republic, begins.
  • 1870
    In the United States, post-Civil War military control of Mississippi ends and it is readmitted to the Union.
  • 1896
    The Tootsie Roll is invented.
  • 1917
    First demonstrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The beginning of the February Revolution.
  • 1934
    Leopold III becomes King of Belgium.
  • 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: During the Battle of Iwo Jima, a group of United States Marines and a commonly forgotten U.S. Navy Corpsman, reach the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and are photographed raising the American flag.
  • 1945
    World War II: The German town of Pforzheim is completely destroyed in a raid by 379 British bombers.
  • 1955
    First meeting of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).
  • 1980
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran’s parliament will decide the fate of the American embassy hostages.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    In the United States, tornadoes in central Florida destroy or damage 2,600 structures and kill 42.
  • 1999
    An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31.
  • 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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