Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on February 23? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 23: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 23 is the 54th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 311 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 10, 2017 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,796,800 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘pentacontatetragon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac 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 361 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,525 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 23 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1900
    In South Africa, Boers and British troops fight in the Battle of Hart’s Hill.
  • 1905
    Chicago attorney Paul Harris and three other businessmen meet for lunch to form the Rotary Club, the world’s first service club.
  • 1934
    Leopold III becomes King of Belgium.
  • 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.

Who were born on February 23?

  • 1443
    Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, King of Hungary and Croatia (d. 1490)
  • 1583
    Jean-Baptiste Morin, French scientist (d. 1656)
  • 1648
    Arabella Churchill, English mistress of James II of England (d. 1730)
  • 1943
    Fred Biletnikoff, American football player and coach
  • 1986
    Ola Svensson, Swedish pop singer

Who died on February 23?

  • 1955
    Paul Claudel, French poet and playwright (b. 1868)
  • 1969
    King Saud of Saudi Arabia (b. 1902)
  • 2000
    Ofra Haza, Israeli singer (b. 1957)
  • 2000
    Stanley Matthews, English footballer (b. 1915)
  • 2004
    Carl Anderson, American singer (b. 1945)

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