Concept

February 23

Summary
Events Pre-1600
  • 303 – Roman emperor Diocletian orders the destruction of the Christian church in Nicomedia, beginning eight years of Diocletianic Persecution.
  • 532 – Byzantine emperor Justinian I lays the foundation stone of a new Orthodox Christian basilica in Constantinople – the Hagia Sophia.
  • 628 – Khosrow II, last Sasanian shah of Iran, is overthrown.
  • 705 – Empress Wu Zetian abdicates the throne, restoring the Tang dynasty. *1455 – Traditionally the date of publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type.
1601–1900 *1763 – Berbice slave uprising in Guyana: The first major slave revolt in South America. *1778 – American Revolutionary War: Baron von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to help train the Continental Army. *1820 – Cato Street Conspiracy: A plot to murder all the British cabinet ministers is exposed and the conspirators arrested. *1836
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