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, 1,487,808,000 seconds 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

  • 1848
    The French Revolution of 1848, which would lead to the establishment of the French Second Republic, begins.
  • 1943
    A fire breaks out at St. Joseph’s Orphanage, County Cavan, Ireland, killing 36 people (35 of whom are children).
  • 1944
    The Soviet Union begins the forced deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people from the North Caucasus to Central Asia.
  • 1945
    World War II: During the Battle of Iwo Jima, a group of United States Marines and a commonly forgotten U.S. Navy Corpsman, reach the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and are photographed raising the American flag.
  • 1954
    The first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh.

Who were born on February 23?

  • 1868
    W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights leader (d. 1963)
  • 1889
    John Gilbert Winant, American politician (d. 1947)
  • 1933
    Donna J. Stone, American poet (d. 1994)
  • 1983
    Emily Blunt, British actress
  • 1983
    Mido, Egyptian footballer

Who died on February 23?

  • 1554
    Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk, English politician and nobelman (b. c.1515)
  • 1603
    Andrea Cesalpino, Italian philosopher, physician, and botanist (b. 1519)
  • 1879
    Albrecht Graf von Roon, Prime Minister of Prussia (b. 1803)
  • 2003
    Robert K. Merton, American sociologist (b. 1910)
  • 2004
    Carl Anderson, American singer (b. 1945)

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