Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February 23

  • Polycarp, Christian bishop of Smyrna, is arrested and burned at stake
  • February 23, 1100
    Emperor Huizong, a calligrapher, painter and promoter of Taoism, begins to rule over China
  • February 23, 1516
    The Hapsburg Charles I is proclaimed king of Aragon and Castile after the death of his grandfather Ferdinand II
  • February 23, 1530
    Spain's King Carlos I is crowned Holy Roman Emperor Charles V by Pope Clement VII in the last coronation of a German king by a Pope
  • February 23, 1574
    The 5th War of Religion, against the Huguenots, breaks out in France
  • February 23, 1615
    The Estates-General in Paris are dissolved, having been in session since October 1614
  • February 23, 1660
    Charles XI becomes king of Sweden after death of his father Charles X Gustav of a stroke
  • February 23, 1685
    George Frideric Handel, composer and musician, is born in Halle, Germany
  • February 23, 1689
    Protestant Dutch prince William III ascends to the throne over England, Scotland, and Ireland after King James II, Catholics protector, escape during England's Glorious Revolution
  • February 23, 1820
    Cato Street Conspiracy, an attempt to murder all the British cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Lord Liverpool, is uncovered
  • February 23, 1847
    American major general Zachary Taylor defeats Mexican General Antonio LoŃ–pez de Santa Anna and Mexican army at the battle of Buena Vista, Mexico
  • February 23, 1848
    Revolution of 1848 begins in France resulting in King Louis-Philippe's abdication, the establishment of the Second French Republic and spread of revolutionary movements throughout Europe
  • February 23, 1854
    Great Britain and Orange Free state sign Convention of Bloemfontein, by which the independence of the Orange Free State is recognized
  • February 23, 1893
    Rudolf Diesel, a German mechanical engineer, is granted a patent for the invention of the diesel engine, an internal combustion engine that uses the heat of compression to initiate ignition
  • February 23, 1987
    Supernova 1987A, the first naked-eye supernova since 1604, first seen in Large Magellanic Cloud
  • February 23, 1998
    Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa, declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders, which declared the killing of North Americans and their allies
  • February 23, 2002
    Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia kidnaps Oxygen Green Party presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, who is traveling in Colombian territory
  • February 23, 2008
    Microsoft announces it will cease making HD DVD players for the Xbox 360

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