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, 413,400 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 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.
  • 1838
    Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec)
  • 1883
    The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1893
    The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched.
  • 1914
    The Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus is proclaimed in Gjirokastër, by the Greeks living in southern Albania.
  • 1935
    DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
  • 1939
    The erroneous word “dord” is discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
  • 1991
    The first Gulf War ends.
  • 1997
    The North Hollywood shootout takes place, resulting in the injury of 19 people and the deaths of both perpetrators.
  • 1998
    Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1833
    Alfred von Schlieffen, German field marshal (d. 1913)
  • 1915
    Zero Mostel, American actor (d. 1977)
  • 1933
    Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (d. 1989)
  • 1939
    Chögyam Trungpa, Tibetan Buddhist meditation instructor (d. 1987)
  • 1942
    Frank Bonner, American actor
  • 1958
    Jack Abramoff, American businessman, political figure and convict
  • 1969
    Butch Leitzinger, American race car driver
  • 1974
    Tangi Miller, American actress
  • 1980
    Christian Poulsen, Danish footballer
  • 1981
    Florent Serra, French tennis player

Who died on February 28?

  • 1261
    Henry III, Duke of Brabant (b. c.1230s)
  • 1572
    Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (b. 1505)
  • 1869
    Alphonse de Lamartine, French writer and poet (b. 1790)
  • 1959
    Maxwell Anderson, American playwright and film writer (b. 1888)
  • 1979
    Paul Alverdes, German writer (b. 1897)
  • 1986
    Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden (b. 1927)
  • 1998
    Arkady Shevchenko, Soviet diplomat (b. 1930)
  • 1998
    Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (b. 1952)
  • 2007
    Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (b. 1946)
  • 2011
    Peter Gomes, Harvard University Chaplain (b. 1942)

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