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

  • 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.
  • 1955
    First meeting of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).
  • 1997
    A small fire occurs in the Russian Space station, Mir.
  • 1999
    An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31.

Who were born on February 23?

  • 1723
    Richard Price, Welsh philosopher (d. 1791)
  • 1883
    Karl Jaspers, German philosopher (d. 1969)
  • 1964
    David E. Clemmer, American ion mobility-mass spectrometrist, 2006 recipient of Biemann Medal
  • 1967
    Chris Vrenna, American musician, producer and sound engineer Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker
  • 1976
    Scott Elarton, American baseball player

Who died on February 23?

  • 2000
    Stanley Matthews, English footballer (b. 1915)
  • 2001
    Robert Enrico, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2003
    Howie Epstein, American bass guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) (b. 1955)
  • 2003
    Robert K. Merton, American sociologist (b. 1910)
  • 2004
    Sikander Bakht, Governor of Kerala (b. 1918)

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