What are the important events that happened on February 28? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 28: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 28 is the 59th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 307 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 15, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,456,617,600 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘pentacontaenneagon’ day.

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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 335 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,164 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 28 Historical Events

  • 870
    The Fourth Council of Constantinople closes.
  • 1710
    In the Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock.
  • 1827
    The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
  • 1844
    A gun on USS Princeton explodes while the boat is on a Potomac River cruise, killing eight people, including two United States Cabinet members.
  • 1914
    The Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus is proclaimed in Gjirokastër, by the Greeks living in southern Albania.
  • 1922
    The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
  • 1928
    C.V. Raman discovers Raman effect.
  • 1935
    DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
  • 1959
    Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object to achieve a polar orbit, is launched.
  • 2004
    Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500 km long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1573
    Elias Holl, German Architect (d. 1646)
  • 1900
    Wolfram Hirth, German pilot (d. 1959)
  • 1908
    Billie Bird, American actress (d. 2002)
  • 1915
    Ketti Frings, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 1981)
  • 1931
    Gavin MacLeod, American actor
  • 1945
    Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (d. 2011)
  • 1977
    Jason Aldean, American country singer
  • 1978
    Jamaal Tinsley, American basketball player
  • 1980
    Christian Poulsen, Danish footballer
  • 1980
    Pascal Bosschaart, Dutch footballer

Who died on February 28?

  • 1525
    Cuauhtémoc, Aztec ruler
  • 1857
    André Dumont, Belgian geologist (b. 1809)
  • 1916
    Henry James, American writer (b. 1843)
  • 1978
    Zara Cully, American actress (b. 1892)
  • 2003
    Chris Brasher, English athlete (b. 1928)
  • 2003
    Dinos Dimopoulos, Greek film director and screenwriter (b. 1921)
  • 2003
    Roger Michael Needham, British cryptographer (b. 1935)
  • 2004
    Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer, and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
  • 2006
    Owen Chamberlain, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1920)
  • 2011
    Annie Girardot, French actress (b. 1931)

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