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’.

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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, 413,280 hours 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

  • 1739
    Richard Palmer is identified at York Castle, by his former schoolteacher, as the outlaw Dick Turpin.
  • 1900
    In South Africa, Boers and British troops fight in the Battle of Hart’s Hill.
  • 1942
    World War II: Japanese submarines fire artillery shells at the California coastline near Santa Barbara.
  • 1997
    A small fire occurs in the Russian Space station, Mir.
  • 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.

Who were born on February 23?

  • 1899
    Erich Kästner, German writer (d. 1974)
  • 1969
    Marc Wauters, Belgian cyclist
  • 1971
    Don Maxwell, Canadian cricketer
  • 1978
    René Pérez, Puerto Rican musician (Calle 13)
  • 1979
    S.E. Cupp, American author and political commentator

Who died on February 23?

  • 1897
    Woldemar Bargiel, German composer (b. 1828)
  • 1931
    Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera soprano (b. 1861)
  • 1957
    Marika Ninou, Greek singer (b. 1918)
  • 1976
    L. S. Lowry, English artist (b. 1887)
  • 2007
    John Ritchie, British footballer (b. 1941)

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