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 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 306 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 15, 2017 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,804,000 minutes 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 356 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 1,530 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.
  • 1893
    The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched.
  • 1897
    Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force.
  • 1933
    Gleichschaltung: The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.
  • 1939
    The erroneous word “dord” is discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
  • 1959
    Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object to achieve a polar orbit, is launched.
  • 1972
    Sino-American relations: The United States and People’s Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué.
  • 1975
    A major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London kills 43 people.
  • 1997
    An earthquake in northern Iran is responsible for about 3,000 deaths.
  • 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.

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1675
    Guillaume Delisle, French cartographer (d. 1726)
  • 1908
    Alexander Golitzen, American art director (d. 2005)
  • 1915
    Ketti Frings, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 1981)
  • 1921
    Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)
  • 1949
    Ilene Graff, American actress and singer
  • 1953
    Ingo Hoffmann, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1956
    Guy Maddin, Canadian film director
  • 1968
    Stéphan Lebeau, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1971
    Peter Stebbings, Canadian actor
  • 1974
    Lee Carsley, Irish footballer

Who died on February 28?

  • 1786
    John Gwynn, English architect and engineer (b. 1713)
  • 1929
    Clemens von Pirquet, Austrian physician (b. 1874)
  • 1956
    Emile Buisson, French murderer (executed) (b. 1902)
  • 1966
    Jonathan Hale, Canadian-born actor (b. 1891)
  • 1974
    Bobby Bloom, American singer/songwriter (b. 1946)
  • 1978
    Philip Ahn, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 1993
    Ishirō Honda, Japanese film director (b. 1911)
  • 2006
    Owen Chamberlain, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian and political commentator (b. 1917)
  • 2007
    Baron Charles Forte, Italian-born hotelier (b. 1908)

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