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.
  • 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.
  • 1954
    The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
  • 1975
    A major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London kills 43 people.
  • 1985
    The Provisional Irish Republican Army carries out a mortar attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary police station at Newry, killing nine officers in the highest loss of life for the RUC on a single day.
  • 1991
    The first Gulf War ends.
  • 1993
    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group’s leader David Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.
  • 2005
    A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1895
    Marcel Pagnol, French novelist, playwright and film director (d. 1974)
  • 1915
    Peter Medawar, Brazilian-born scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1987)
  • 1915
    Zero Mostel, American actor (d. 1977)
  • 1926
    Svetlana Alliluyeva, Soviet defector, daughter of Joseph Stalin
  • 1931
    Dean Smith, American basketball coach
  • 1939
    Chögyam Trungpa, Tibetan Buddhist meditation instructor (d. 1987)
  • 1948
    Bernadette Peters, American actress and singer
  • 1958
    Jack Abramoff, American businessman, political figure and convict
  • 1961
    Mark Latham, Australian politician
  • 1989
    Charles Jenkins, American basketball player

Who died on February 28?

  • 1936
    Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1866)
  • 1978
    Zara Cully, American actress (b. 1892)
  • 1985
    Ray Ellington, English singer (b. 1916)
  • 1987
    Stephen Tennant, eccentric English socialite (b. 1906)
  • 2004
    Carmen Laforet, Spanish writer (b. 1921)
  • 2006
    Owen Chamberlain, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian and political commentator (b. 1917)
  • 2007
    Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (b. 1946)
  • 2008
    Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)
  • 2009
    Paul Harvey, American radio broadcaster (b. 1918)

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