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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, 1,488,240,000 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 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).
  • 1953
    James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April’s Nature (pub. April 2).

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1823
    Ernest Renan, French philosopher (d. 1892)
  • 1929
    Hayden Fry, American football coach
  • 1958
    Jeanne Mas, French singer and actress
  • 1961
    Rae Dawn Chong, Canadian actress
  • 1988
    Maikol Negro, Italian footballer

Who died on February 28?

  • 1261
    Henry III, Duke of Brabant (b. c.1230s)
  • 1956
    Emile Buisson, French murderer (executed) (b. 1902)
  • 1978
    Eric Frank Russell, English author (b. 1905)
  • 2007
    Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (b. 1946)
  • 2008
    Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)

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