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

  • 202 BC
    coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty’s rule over China
  • 1870
    The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1883
    The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1897
    Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force.
  • 1922
    The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
  • 1939
    The erroneous word “dord” is discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
  • 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.
  • 1959
    Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object to achieve a polar orbit, is launched.
  • 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?

  • 1901
    Linus Pauling, American chemist and activist, Nobel laureate (d. 1994)
  • 1921
    Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)
  • 1929
    Frank Gehry, Canadian-American architect
  • 1939
    Daniel C. Tsui, Chinese-born physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1948
    Mike Figgis, English director
  • 1952
    William Finn, American composer
  • 1957
    Paul Delph, American musician and producer (d. 1996)
  • 1958
    Ginette Harrison, British mountaineer (d. 1999)
  • 1974
    Moana Mackey, New Zealand politician
  • 1978
    Yasir Hameed, Pakistani cricketer

Who died on February 28?

  • 1963
    Rajendra Prasad, First President of India (b. 1884)
  • 1967
    Henry Luce, American publisher (b. 1898)
  • 1974
    Bobby Bloom, American singer/songwriter (b. 1946)
  • 1991
    Wassily Hoeffding, American statistician (b. 1914)
  • 1993
    Ishirō Honda, Japanese film director (b. 1911)
  • 2003
    Dinos Dimopoulos, Greek film director and screenwriter (b. 1921)
  • 2004
    Carmen Laforet, Spanish writer (b. 1921)
  • 2004
    Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer, and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
  • 2007
    Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (b. 1946)
  • 2009
    Paul Harvey, American radio broadcaster (b. 1918)

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