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, 24,276,960 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 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

  • 1710
    In the Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock.
  • 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.
  • 1854
    The Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.
  • 1922
    The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
  • 1947
    228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
  • 1958
    A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains the worst school bus accident in U.S. history.
  • 1980
    Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
  • 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.
  • 1997
    An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 in Armenia and Azerbaijan kills around 1,100 people

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1675
    Guillaume Delisle, French cartographer (d. 1726)
  • 1851
    Samuel W. McCall, 47th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1923)
  • 1907
    Milton Caniff, American cartoonist (Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon) (d. 1988)
  • 1916
    Svend Asmussen, Danish jazz violinist
  • 1940
    Mario Andretti, Italian-American race car driver
  • 1942
    Dino Zoff, Italian footballer
  • 1949
    Ilene Graff, American actress and singer
  • 1964
    Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Uzbekistan cyclist
  • 1973
    Nicolas Minassian, French racing driver
  • 1974
    Lee Carsley, Irish footballer

Who died on February 28?

  • 1261
    Henry III, Duke of Brabant (b. c.1230s)
  • 1485
    Niclas, Graf von Abensberg, German soldier (b. 1441)
  • 1786
    John Gwynn, English architect and engineer (b. 1713)
  • 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)
  • 1985
    Ray Ellington, English singer (b. 1916)
  • 1987
    Stephen Tennant, eccentric English socialite (b. 1906)
  • 1991
    Reinhard Bendix, German sociologist (b. 1916)
  • 1999
    Christine Glanville, British puppeteer (b. 1924)
  • 2007
    Baron Charles Forte, Italian-born hotelier (b. 1908)

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