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, 404,616 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 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

  • 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
  • 1811
    Cry of Asencio, begin of the Uruguayan War of Independence
  • 1854
    The Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.
  • 1900
    The Second Boer War: The 118-day “Siege of Ladysmith” is lifted.
  • 1954
    The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
  • 1959
    Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object to achieve a polar orbit, is launched.
  • 1985
    The Provisional Irish Republican Army carries out a mortar attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary police station at Newry, killing nine officers in the highest loss of life for the RUC on a single day.
  • 1991
    The first Gulf War ends.
  • 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 in northern Iran is responsible for about 3,000 deaths.

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1533
    Michel de Montaigne, French writer (d. 1592)
  • 1851
    Samuel W. McCall, 47th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1923)
  • 1893
    Ivan Vasilyov, Bulgarian architect (d. 1979)
  • 1933
    Miro Steržaj, Slovenian 9-pin bowler
  • 1938
    Foge Fazio, American college football coach (d. 2009)
  • 1948
    Steven Chu, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1970
    Noureddine Morceli, Algerian athlete
  • 1971
    Tristan Louis, American writer
  • 1978
    Yasir Hameed, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1979
    Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player

Who died on February 28?

  • 1648
    King Christian IV of Denmark and Norway (b. 1577)
  • 1857
    André Dumont, Belgian geologist (b. 1809)
  • 1935
    Chiquinha Gonzaga, Brazilian composer (b. 1847).
  • 1956
    Emile Buisson, French murderer (executed) (b. 1902)
  • 1978
    Zara Cully, American actress (b. 1892)
  • 1979
    Paul Alverdes, German writer (b. 1897)
  • 1985
    Ray Ellington, English singer (b. 1916)
  • 1998
    Arkady Shevchenko, Soviet diplomat (b. 1930)
  • 2003
    Chris Brasher, English athlete (b. 1928)
  • 2004
    Carmen Laforet, Spanish writer (b. 1921)

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