About February 23

February 23, 2024 is the 54th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 312 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

What Happened On February 23

  • 1739
    Richard Palmer is identified at York Castle, by his former schoolteacher, as the outlaw Dick Turpin.
  • 1778
    American Revolution: Baron von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to help to train the Continental Army.
  • 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.
  • 1861
    President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrives secretly in Washington, D.C., after the thwarting of an alleged assassination plot in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 1900
    In South Africa, Boers and British troops fight in the Battle of Hart’s Hill.
  • 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”.
  • 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.
  • 1945
    World War II: Capitulation of German garrison in Poznań. The city is liberated by Soviet and Polish forces.
  • 1945
    World War II: The 11th Airborne Division, with Filipino guerrillas, free the captives of the Los Baños internment camp.
  • 1954
    The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh.
  • 1958
    Cuban rebels kidnap 5-time world driving champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: Ground troops cross the Saudi Arabian border and enter Iraq, thus beginning the ground phase of the war.
  • 1997
    A small fire occurs in the Russian Space station, Mir.
  • 1998
    Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and “Crusaders”; the latter term is commonly interpreted to refer to the people of Europe and the United States.
  • 1999
    An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31.
  • 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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