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, 1,488,240,000 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 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

  • 1784
    John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.
  • 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.
  • 1849
    Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor.
  • 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.
  • 1959
    Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object to achieve a polar orbit, is launched.
  • 1975
    A major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London kills 43 people.
  • 1991
    The first Gulf War ends.
  • 1998
    Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
  • 2005
    A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1612
    John Pearson, English theologian (d. 1686)
  • 1724
    George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend, British field marshal (d. 1807)
  • 1895
    Marcel Pagnol, French novelist, playwright and film director (d. 1974)
  • 1901
    Linus Pauling, American chemist and activist, Nobel laureate (d. 1994)
  • 1912
    Clara Petacci, Italian mistress of Benito Mussolini (d. 1945)
  • 1923
    Charles Durning, American actor
  • 1929
    Hayden Fry, American football coach
  • 1944
    Sepp Maier, German footballer
  • 1979
    Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player
  • 1985
    Jelena Janković, Serbian tennis player

Who died on February 28?

  • 1510
    Juan de la Cosa, Spanish cartographer and explorer
  • 1967
    Henry Luce, American publisher (b. 1898)
  • 1974
    Bobby Bloom, American singer/songwriter (b. 1946)
  • 1977
    Eddie ‘Rochester’Anderson, American actor (b. 1905)
  • 1978
    Eric Frank Russell, English author (b. 1905)
  • 1986
    Laura Z. Hobson, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • 1998
    Arkady Shevchenko, Soviet diplomat (b. 1930)
  • 2002
    Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)
  • 2007
    Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (b. 1946)
  • 2009
    Paul Harvey, American radio broadcaster (b. 1918)

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