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Historical Events For February - 23

Thursday, 23 February 2017

0303  Today in history emperor Diocletian orders general persecution of Christians  

1455  On February - 23 johannes Gutenberg prints first book, the Bible (estimated date)  

1455  Johannes Gutenberg prints 1st book, Bible (estimated date) today in history.  

1574  France begins 5th Holy War against Huguenots on February - 23.  

1633  The birth of Samuel Pepys, British Diarist today in history.  

1660  Charles XI becomes king of Sweden on February - 23.  

1668  Today in history fire in Wiener Hofburg in Vienna, emperor Leopold I rescued  

1672  Joan Blaeus publishers destroyed by fire in Amsterdam today in history.  

1685  On this day in history the birth of Geroge Frederic Handel, German composer  

1689  Dutch prince William III proclaimed king of England today in history.  

1778  On February - 23 baron von Steuben joins the Continental Army at Valley Forge  

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Famous Birthdays In February - 23

Famous People Born On This Day In History

1417  Paul II, [Pietro Barbo], Italy, Pope (1464-71) was born on February - 23.  

1417  Pope Paul II (d. 1471) was born today in history.  

1583  Today in history birth of jean-Baptiste Morin, French scientist (d. 1656)  

1614  Today in history birth of jacob Colijn(s), Dutch coat of arms painter  

1615  Today in history birth of cornelis Galle II, Flemish engraver/illustrator, baptised  

1633  Samuel Pepys, London England, navy expert/composer (Diary, Memoirs) was born on February - 23.  

1646  Today in history birth of tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Japanese shogun (d. 1709)  

1648  Arabella Churchill, English mistress of James II of England (d. 1730) was born today in history.  

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Famous Deaths In February - 23

Famous People Died On This Day In History

0155  On February - 23 death of polycarp, disciple of Apostle John, arrested & burned at stake  

1011  Death of Willigis, Archbishop of Mainz today in history.  

1100  Today in history death of emperor Zhezong of China (b. 1076)  

1447  Today in history eugene IV, [Gabriele Condulmer], Italian Pope (1431-47), dies  

1464  Death of Zhengtong, Emperor of China (b. 1427) on February - 23.  

1468  Today in history john Gutenberg, German inventor (boekdrukkunst), dies  

1526  Diego Colón, Spanish Viceroy of the Indies on February - 23.  

1554  Death of Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, Lady Jane Grey's father, executed today in history.  

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