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

  • 870
    The Fourth Council of Constantinople closes.
  • 1638
    The Scottish National Covenant is signed in Edinburgh.
  • 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.
  • 1900
    The Second Boer War: The 118-day “Siege of Ladysmith” is lifted.
  • 1922
    The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
  • 1986
    Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2004
    Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500 km long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1820
    John Tenniel, English illustrator (d. 1914)
  • 1911
    Otakar Vávra, Czech film director
  • 1918
    Alfred Burke, British actor (d. 2011)
  • 1930
    Leon Neil Cooper, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1964
    Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Uzbekistan cyclist
  • 1964
    Lotta Lotass, Swedish writer
  • 1970
    Noureddine Morceli, Algerian athlete
  • 1980
    Christian Poulsen, Danish footballer
  • 1985
    Diego Ribas da Cunha, Brazilian footballer
  • 1988
    Steeve Gerard Fankà, Cameroonian footballer

Who died on February 28?

  • 1648
    King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway (b. 1577)
  • 1786
    John Gwynn, English architect and engineer (b. 1713)
  • 1935
    Chiquinha Gonzaga, Brazilian composer (b. 1847).
  • 1963
    Rajendra Prasad, First President of India (b. 1884)
  • 1978
    Philip Ahn, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 1993
    Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress and dancer (b. 1910)
  • 2006
    Owen Chamberlain, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (b. 1946)
  • 2009
    Paul Harvey, American radio broadcaster (b. 1918)
  • 2011
    Peter Gomes, Harvard University Chaplain (b. 1942)

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