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)
- 1700Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.
- 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.
- 1914The Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus is proclaimed in Gjirokastër, by the Greeks living in southern Albania.
- 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.
- 1997GRB 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.
- 2001Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
- 2005A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.
Who were born on February 28?
- 1840Henri Duveyrier, French explorer (d. 1892)
- 1909Stephen Spender, English poet (d. 1995)
- 1938Foge Fazio, American college football coach (d. 2009)
- 1944Kelly Bishop, American actress
- 1948Steven Chu, American physicist, Nobel laureate
- 1961Rae Dawn Chong, Canadian actress
- 1972Rory Cochrane, American actor
- 1984Karolína Kurková, Czech supermodel
- 1987Antonio Candreva, Italian footballer
- 1988Aroldis Chapman, Cuban baseball player
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