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

  • 1638
    The Scottish National Covenant is signed in Edinburgh.
  • 1784
    John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.
  • 1811
    Cry of Asencio, begin of the Uruguayan War of Independence
  • 1914
    The Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus is proclaimed in Gjirokastër, by the Greeks living in southern Albania.
  • 1933
    Gleichschaltung: The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    The first Gulf War ends.
  • 1997
    An earthquake in northern Iran is responsible for about 3,000 deaths.
  • 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?

  • 1712
    Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, French military commander (d. 1759)
  • 1930
    Bruce Dawe, Australian poet
  • 1955
    Gilbert Gottfried, American comedian
  • 1957
    John Turturro, American actor
  • 1964
    Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Uzbekistan cyclist
  • 1964
    Fernando del Valle, American tenor
  • 1969
    Robert Sean Leonard, American actor
  • 1970
    Noureddine Morceli, Algerian athlete
  • 1978
    Benjamin Raich, Austrian skier
  • 1985
    Jelena Janković, Serbian tennis player

Who died on February 28?

  • 1326
    Duke Leopold I of Austria (b. 1290)
  • 1510
    Juan de la Cosa, Spanish cartographer and explorer
  • 1525
    Cuauhtémoc, Aztec ruler
  • 1621
    Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1590)
  • 1929
    Clemens von Pirquet, Austrian physician (b. 1874)
  • 1966
    Jonathan Hale, Canadian-born actor (b. 1891)
  • 1978
    Eric Frank Russell, English author (b. 1905)
  • 1978
    Zara Cully, American actress (b. 1892)
  • 2003
    Roger Michael Needham, British cryptographer (b. 1935)
  • 2004
    Andres Nuiamäe, Estonian soldier (b. 1982)

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