February 23 holidays in 2020

Holiday nameHoliday locationHoliday type
Defender of the Fatherland Day
Multiple [Show] Observance
Mashramani (Republic Day)
Guyana Public Holiday
National Day
Brunei Public Holiday
Carnival
Multiple [Show] Observance
Carnival Sunday
Brazil Observance

Historical Events on February 23

  • 1778: During the American Revolutionary War, Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania in order to train Continental Army forces.
  • 1836: The Siege of the Alamo begins during the Texas Revolution. This would set the state for the Battle of the Alamo – which would take place on March 6th, 1836.
  • 1847: American forces led by General Zachary Taylor defeat Mexican forces led by Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna at the Battle of Buena Vista during the Mexican American War.
  • 1861: After and assassination plot is defeated in Baltimore, Maryland, President-elect Abraham Lincoln secretly arrives in Washington, D.C.
  • 1883: The first United State anti-trust law is enacted in Alabama.
  • 1927: After the U.S Congress passes a bill that established the Federal Radio Commission, United States’ President Calvin Coolidge signs it.
  • 1941: Glenn T. Seaborg isolates and produces plutonium for the first time.
  • 1942: Japanese submarines begin the Bombardment of Ellwood during World War II when they fire artillery shells at a U.S oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California.
  • 1945: At the Battle of Iwo Jima during WWII, U.S Marines and a U.S Navy corpsman ascend the top of Mount Suribachi and are photographed raising the American flag.
  • 1945: American and Filipino forces liberate Manila in the Philippines.
  • 1954: In Pittsburgh, the first mass inoculations of children with the Salk vaccine to protect them against Polio begins on this day.

Famous Birthdays on February 23

  • American activist, writer and historian, W. E. B. Du Bois is born in 1868.
  • American director and cinematographer, Victor Fleming is born in 1889.
  • American actor and director, Jon Hall is born in 1915.
  • South-African physicist and Nobel Prize laureate, Allan McLeod Cormack is born in 1924.
  • American actor, screenwriter, director and producer, Peter Fonda is born in 1940.
  • English actress Emily Blunt is born in 1983.
  • American singer-songwriter Skylar Grey is born in 1986.
  • American actress Dakota Fanning is born in 1994.