February 28: Day of the Week
February 28, 2016 was the 59th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 307 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is dimanche.
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Here’s the February calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
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.
February 28 Historical Event(s)
- 1700Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.
- 1838Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec)
- 1885The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone. (American Bell would later merge with its subsidiary.)
- 1922The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
- 1933Gleichschaltung: The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.
- 1935DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
- 1953James 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).
- 1958A 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.
- 1986Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.
- 2004Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500 km long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947
Who were born on February 28?
- 1261Margaret of Scotland, queen of Norway (d. 1283)
- 1882Geraldine Farrar, American soprano (d. 1967)
- 1956Guy Maddin, Canadian film director
- 1957Cindy Wilson, American singer (The B-52's)
- 1961Eric Bachelart, Belgian racing driver
- 1969Robert Sean Leonard, American actor
- 1971Tristan Louis, American writer
- 1980Christian Poulsen, Danish footballer
- 1984Karolína Kurková, Czech supermodel
- 2007Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco
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