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

  • 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.
  • 1838
    Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec)
  • 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.
  • 1870
    The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1939
    The erroneous word “dord” is discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
  • 1954
    The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
  • 1959
    Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object to achieve a polar orbit, is launched.
  • 1980
    Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
  • 1997
    An earthquake in northern Iran is responsible for about 3,000 deaths.
  • 1998
    Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1929
    Frank Gehry, Canadian-American architect
  • 1931
    Dean Smith, American basketball coach
  • 1948
    Steven Chu, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1953
    Paul Krugman, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1960
    Dorothy Stratten, Canadian actress (d. 1980)
  • 1971
    Junya Nakano, Japanese composer
  • 1976
    Adam Pine, Australian swimmer
  • 1979
    Michael Bisping, English mixed martial artist
  • 1980
    Pascal Bosschaart, Dutch footballer
  • 2007
    Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco

Who died on February 28?

  • 1869
    Alphonse de Lamartine, French writer and poet (b. 1790)
  • 1916
    Henry James, American writer (b. 1843)
  • 1941
    King Alfonso XIII of Spain (b. 1886)
  • 1985
    Ray Ellington, English singer (b. 1916)
  • 1993
    Ishirō Honda, Japanese film director (b. 1911)
  • 1998
    Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (b. 1952)
  • 2003
    Chris Brasher, English athlete (b. 1928)
  • 2003
    Dinos Dimopoulos, Greek film director and screenwriter (b. 1921)
  • 2003
    Rudolf Kingslake, English optical engineer (b. 1903)
  • 2007
    Baron Charles Forte, Italian-born hotelier (b. 1908)

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