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, 1,456,617,600 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 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.
  • 1827
    The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
  • 1838
    Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec)
  • 1914
    The Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus is proclaimed in Gjirokastër, by the Greeks living in southern Albania.
  • 1947
    228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
  • 1959
    Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object to achieve a polar orbit, is launched.
  • 1980
    Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
  • 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.
  • 1986
    Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.
  • 1997
    An earthquake in northern Iran is responsible for about 3,000 deaths.

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1155
    Henry the Young King, son of Henry II of England (d. 1183)
  • 1823
    Ernest Renan, French philosopher (d. 1892)
  • 1911
    Otakar Vávra, Czech film director
  • 1915
    Peter Medawar, Brazilian-born scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1987)
  • 1929
    Frank Gehry, Canadian-American architect
  • 1948
    Bernadette Peters, American actress and singer
  • 1957
    Cindy Wilson, American singer (The B-52's)
  • 1977
    Jason Aldean, American country singer
  • 1982
    Natalia Vodianova, Russian supermodel
  • 1989
    Charles Jenkins, American basketball player

Who died on February 28?

  • 1510
    Juan de la Cosa, Spanish cartographer and explorer
  • 1788
    Thomas Cushing, American Continental Congressman (b. 1725)
  • 1836
    Friedrich August Grotefend, German philogist (b. 1798)
  • 1857
    André Dumont, Belgian geologist (b. 1809)
  • 1942
    Karel Doorman, Dutch admiral (b. 1889)
  • 1956
    Emile Buisson, French murderer (executed) (b. 1902)
  • 1979
    Paul Alverdes, German writer (b. 1897)
  • 2004
    Andres Nuiamäe, Estonian soldier (b. 1982)
  • 2004
    Carmen Laforet, Spanish writer (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian and political commentator (b. 1917)

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