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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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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)
- 1638The Scottish National Covenant is signed in Edinburgh.
- 1710In the Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock.
- 1784John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.
- 1827The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
- 1854The Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.
- 1883The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
- 1900The Second Boer War: The 118-day “Siege of Ladysmith” is lifted.
- 1935DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
- 1942The heavy cruiser USS Houston is sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait with 693 crew members killed, along with HMAS Perth which lost 375 men.
- 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?
- 1670Benjamin Wadsworth, American President of Harvard University (d. 1737)
- 1878Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (d. 1929)
- 1895Marcel Pagnol, French novelist, playwright and film director (d. 1974)
- 1926Svetlana Alliluyeva, Soviet defector, daughter of Joseph Stalin
- 1958Natalya Estemirova, Russian activist (d. 2009)
- 1960Dorothy Stratten, Canadian actress (d. 1980)
- 1971Maxine Bahns, American actress
- 1979Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player
- 1980Christian Poulsen, Danish footballer
- 1985Tim Bresnan, British cricketer
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