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Sunday February 28, 2016

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.

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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)

  • 1784
    John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.
  • 1838
    Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec)
  • 1849
    Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor.
  • 1870
    The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1893
    The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched.
  • 1939
    The erroneous word “dord” is discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
  • 1942
    The 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.
  • 1980
    Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
  • 1997
    GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way.
  • 2001
    The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.

Who were born on February 28?

  • 1838
    Maurice Lévy, French engineer (d. 1910)
  • 1894
    Ben Hecht, American playwright (d. 1964)
  • 1896
    Philip Showalter Hench, American physician, Nobel laureate (d. 1965)
  • 1908
    Billie Bird, American actress (d. 2002)
  • 1918
    Alfred Burke, British actor (d. 2011)
  • 1931
    Gavin MacLeod, American actor
  • 1942
    Brian Jones, English musician (The Rolling Stones) (d. 1969)
  • 1948
    Steven Chu, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1958
    Jeanne Mas, French singer and actress
  • 1989
    Jason Pierre-Paul, American football player

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