Monday, the 23rd of February, 2015 is the 54th day in 2015 and in the 9th calendar week.
General Events:
Tennis Day 2015
February 23, 2015 in the World
Tennis Day is observed on February 23, 2015. Tennis is a sport people usually play individually against a single opponent or between two teams of two players each. Each player uses a racquet that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent’s court. The object of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a good return.
Tennis is an Olympic sport and is played at all levels of society and at all ages. The sport can be played by anyone who can hold a racquet, including wheelchair users. Tennis is played by millions of recreational players and is also a popular worldwide spectator sport. The four Grand Slam tournaments are especially popular: the Australian Open played on hard courts, the French Open played on red clay courts, Wimbledon played on grass courts, and the US Open played also on hard courts.
Where is Tennis Day?
Worldwide
Defender of the Fatherland Day
February 23, 2015 in Russia
Defender of the Fatherland Day takes place on February 23, 2015. Defender of the Fatherland Day is a holiday observed in Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and several other former republics of the Soviet Union.
Where is Defender of the Fatherland Day?
Nationwide Russia
National Dog Biscuit Day
February 23, 2015 in the USA
All dog owners, remember that February 23rd is the annual celebration of National Dog Biscuit Day!  This day is also celebrated around the world as International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day.
Man’s best friend deserves a special treat, whether it is as an award for their behavior, as part of their training or just because we want to show our dogs how much we love them.
Where is National Dog Biscuit Day?
Nationwide USA
International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
Worldwide
Pinocchio Day
February 23, 2015 in the World
Walt Disney’s second animated movie “Pinocchio” was released on this day in 1940.
“Once upon a time there was…” “A king? A princess? A castle?”, guess our little visitors. “Sorry, not in this story children, this one starts a bit differently: once upon a time there was a piece of wood…” Do you want to know the rest of Pinocchio’s tale? Come and enter the magical world of Pinocchio, meet Geppetto and be transformed into Pinocchio with his colourful hat, nose and collar! All you have to do is to take your spelling book and get to school, but be careful not to get distracted on the way… along the path there are lots of tempting diversions:
Where is this event?
Worldwide
Historical Events on 23rd February:
303 – Emperor Diocletian begins policy of persecution of Christians razing church at Nicomedia
1455 – Johannes Gutenberg prints his first book, Bible (estimated date)
1540 – Francisco Vázquez de Coronado’s expedition sets off from Mexico in search of the 7 cities of Cibola
1836 – Alamo besieged for 13 days until 6th March by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed
1854 – Great-Britain & Orange Free state sign Convention of Bloemfontein
1887 – French/Italian Riviera struck by Earthquake; 2,000 die
1896 – Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield
1898 – In France, Emile Zola is imprisoned for writing his “J’accuse” letter accusing government of anti-Semitism & wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus
1903 – The US and Cuba sign an agreement by which Cuba releases Guantanamo and Bahia Hondo to the US for naval stations
1904 – US acquired control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million
1904 – Having occupied Korea, Japan signs a treaty with Korea under which it becomes a Japanese protectorate in return for Japanese protection from other powers
1916 – French artillery kills entire French 72nd division at Samogneux Verdun
1918 – First victory of Red Army over the Kaiser’s German troops near Narva and Pskov. Since 1923 this date become the Day of Red Army in honour of this victory
1940 – Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio,” released
1945 – US Marines raise flag on Iwo Jima, famous photo and later a statue in the Marine Corps War Memorial
1954 – 1st mass inoculation with salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)
1969 – Nayif Hawatimah forms Dem People’s Front for Liberation of Palestine
1970 – Guyana becomes a republic (National Day)
1983 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri.
1987 – Supernova 1987A in LMC 1st seen; 1st naked-eye supernova since 1604
1997 – Scientists in Scotland announced they succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named “Dolly”
1998 – Osama bin Laden publishes a fatwa declaring jihad against all Jews and Crusaders.