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, 404,616 hours 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

  • 1827
    The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    The heavy cruiser USS Houston is sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait with 693 crew members killed, along with HMAS Perth which lost 375 men.
  • 1958
    A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains the worst school bus accident in U.S. history.
  • 1986
    Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.
  • 1998
    First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.
  • 2001
    Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
  • 2001
    The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.
  • 2005
    A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1878
    Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (d. 1929)
  • 1907
    Milton Caniff, American cartoonist (Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon) (d. 1988)
  • 1911
    Otakar Vávra, Czech film director
  • 1922
    Joyce Howard, British film actress (d. 2010)
  • 1946
    Robin Cook, British politician (d. 2005)
  • 1955
    Gilbert Gottfried, American comedian
  • 1972
    Rory Cochrane, American actor
  • 1974
    Moana Mackey, New Zealand politician
  • 1988
    Steeve Gerard Fankà, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1991
    Sarah Bolger, Irish actress

Who died on February 28?

  • 1326
    Duke Leopold I of Austria (b. 1290)
  • 1453
    Isabella, Duchess of Lorraine (b. 1400)
  • 1572
    Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (b. 1505)
  • 1648
    King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway (b. 1577)
  • 1836
    Friedrich August Grotefend, German philogist (b. 1798)
  • 1932
    Guillaume Bigourdan, French astronomer (b. 1851)
  • 1936
    Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1866)
  • 1959
    Maxwell Anderson, American playwright and film writer (b. 1888)
  • 1967
    Henry Luce, American publisher (b. 1898)
  • 2003
    Dinos Dimopoulos, Greek film director and screenwriter (b. 1921)

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