About February 23

February 23, 2022 is the 54th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 311 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 333 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.
  • 1455
    Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type.
  • 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.
  • 1854
    The official independence of the Orange Free State is declared.
  • 1883
    Alabama becomes the first U.S. state to enact an antitrust law.
  • 1896
    The Tootsie Roll is invented.
  • 1898
    Émile Zola is imprisoned in France after writing “J'accuse”, a letter accusing the French government of anti-Semitism and wrongfully imprisoning Captain Alfred Dreyfus.
  • 1918
    First 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”.
  • 1934
    Leopold III becomes King of Belgium.
  • 1941
    Plutonium is first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg.
  • 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.
  • 1981
    In Spain, Antonio Tejero attempts a coup d'état by capturing the Spanish Congress of Deputies.
  • 1983
    The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.
  • 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.
  • 1999
    An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31.
  • 1999
    Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan is charged with treason in Ankara, Turkey.
  • 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.
  • 2008
    A United States Air Force B-2 Spirit crashes on Guam. It is the first operational loss of a B-2.

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