February 28: Day of the Week
February 28, 2017 was the 59th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 306 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was 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)
- 1854The Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.
- 1883The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
- 1893The 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.
- 1900The Second Boer War: The 118-day “Siege of Ladysmith” is lifted.
- 1940Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).
- 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.
- 1947228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
- 1954The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
- 1986Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.
- 1993Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group’s leader David Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.
Who were born on February 28?
- 1155Henry the Young King, son of Henry II of England (d. 1183)
- 1812Berthold Auerbach, German poet and author (d. 1882)
- 1833Alfred von Schlieffen, German field marshal (d. 1913)
- 1840Henri Duveyrier, French explorer (d. 1892)
- 1896Philip Showalter Hench, American physician, Nobel laureate (d. 1965)
- 1961René Simard, Canadian singer and TV host
- 1969Butch Leitzinger, American race car driver
- 1980Esquerdinha, Brazilian footballer
- 1985Fefe Dobson, Canadian singer
- 1988Aroldis Chapman, Cuban baseball player
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