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

  • 202 BC
    coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty’s rule over China
  • 1638
    The Scottish National Covenant is signed in Edinburgh.
  • 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.
  • 1885
    The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone. (American Bell would later merge with its subsidiary.)
  • 1900
    The Second Boer War: The 118-day “Siege of Ladysmith” is lifted.
  • 1940
    Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).
  • 1954
    The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
  • 1997
    An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 in Armenia and Azerbaijan kills around 1,100 people
  • 1998
    First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1824
    Blondin, French tightrope walker (d. 1897)
  • 1851
    Samuel W. McCall, 47th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1923)
  • 1894
    Ben Hecht, American playwright (d. 1964)
  • 1922
    Joyce Howard, British film actress (d. 2010)
  • 1929
    Joseph Rouleau, Canadian bass opera singer
  • 1953
    Ingo Hoffmann, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1957
    John Turturro, American actor
  • 1973
    Eric Lindros, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978
    Mariano Zabaleta, Argentine tennis player
  • 1988
    Aroldis Chapman, Cuban baseball player

Who died on February 28?

  • 1621
    Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1590)
  • 1869
    Alphonse de Lamartine, French writer and poet (b. 1790)
  • 1935
    Chiquinha Gonzaga, Brazilian composer (b. 1847).
  • 1936
    Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1866)
  • 1959
    Maxwell Anderson, American playwright and film writer (b. 1888)
  • 1978
    Zara Cully, American actress (b. 1892)
  • 1986
    Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden (b. 1927)
  • 2002
    Mary Stuart, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 2003
    Chris Brasher, English athlete (b. 1928)
  • 2004
    Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer, and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)

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