February 28: Day of the Week
February 28, 2017 is the 59th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 306 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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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.
- 1710In the Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock.
- 1827The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
- 1928C.V. Raman discovers Raman effect.
- 1954The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
- 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.
- 1959Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object to achieve a polar orbit, is launched.
- 1985The 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.
- 1997An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 in Armenia and Azerbaijan kills around 1,100 people
- 1997The North Hollywood shootout takes place, resulting in the injury of 19 people and the deaths of both perpetrators.
Who were born on February 28?
- 1894Ben Hecht, American playwright (d. 1964)
- 1942Brian Jones, English musician (The Rolling Stones) (d. 1969)
- 1944Kelly Bishop, American actress
- 1958Natalya Estemirova, Russian activist (d. 2009)
- 1967Colin Cooper, English footballer
- 1972Rory Cochrane, American actor
- 1973Nicolas Minassian, French racing driver
- 1979Michael Bisping, English mixed martial artist
- 1985Diego Ribas da Cunha, Brazilian footballer
- 1985Jelena Janković, Serbian tennis player
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