What happened this day in history February 23

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 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 311 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 10, 2021 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,614,038,400 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 343 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 2,986 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 23 Historical Events

  • 303
    Roman Emperor Diocletian orders the destruction of the Christian church in Nicomedia, beginning eight years of Diocletianic Persecution.
  • 1660
    Charles XI becomes King of Sweden.
  • 1836
    The Battle of the Alamo begins in San Antonio, Texas.
  • 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
    German theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg writes a letter to fellow physicist Wolfgang Pauli, in which he describes his uncertainty principle for the first time.
  • 1945
    World War II: The German town of Pforzheim is completely destroyed in a raid by 379 British bombers.
  • 1981
    In Spain, Antonio Tejero attempts a coup d'état by capturing the Spanish Congress of Deputies.
  • 1983
    The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.
  • 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.

Who were born on February 23?

  • 1868
    W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights leader (d. 1963)
  • 1901
    Edgar Ende, German painter (d. 1965)
  • 1928
    Hans Herrmann, German race car driver
  • 1938
    Diane Varsi, American actress (d. 1992)
  • 1944
    Johnny Winter, American musician
  • 1954
    Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine
  • 1955
    Flip Saunders, American basketball coach
  • 1955
    Tom Bodett, American voice actor, radio personality, and writer
  • 1974
    Leko, American DJ
  • 1982
    Adam Hann-Byrd, American actor

Who died on February 23?

  • 155
    Polycarp, Christian bishop of Smyrna (b. 69)
  • 1603
    Andrea Cesalpino, Italian philosopher, physician, and botanist (b. 1519)
  • 1766
    Stanisław I Leszczyński, King of Poland (b. 1677)
  • 1800
    Joseph Warton, English literary critic (b. 1722)
  • 1934
    Edward Elgar, English composer (b. 1857)
  • 1960
    Arthur Legat, Belgian racing driver (b. 1898)
  • 1961
    Davey Crockett, American baseball player (b. 1875)
  • 1974
    Harry Ruby, American composer and writer (b. 1895)
  • 2000
    Stanley Matthews, English footballer (b. 1915)
  • 2003
    Robert K. Merton, American sociologist (b. 1910)

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