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.
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February 28 Historical Event(s)
- 870The Fourth Council of Constantinople closes.
- 1700Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.
- 1849Regular 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.
- 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.
- 1928C.V. Raman discovers Raman effect.
- 1933Gleichschaltung: The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.
- 1935DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
- 1980Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
- 1991The first Gulf War ends.
- 2001Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
Who were born on February 28?
- 1704Louis Godin, French astronomer (d. 1760)
- 1833Alfred von Schlieffen, German field marshal (d. 1913)
- 1939Daniel C. Tsui, Chinese-born physicist, Nobel laureate
- 1948Steven Chu, American physicist, Nobel laureate
- 1958Ginette Harrison, British mountaineer (d. 1999)
- 1958Jack Abramoff, American businessman, political figure and convict
- 1958Natalya Estemirova, Russian activist (d. 2009)
- 1961Eric Bachelart, Belgian racing driver
- 1964Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Uzbekistan cyclist
- 1985Diego Ribas da Cunha, Brazilian footballer
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