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)
- 1838Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec)
- 1870The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire.
- 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.
- 1922The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
- 1972Sino-American relations: The United States and People’s Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué.
- 1986Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.
- 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.
- 2004Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500 km long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947
Who were born on February 28?
- 1573Elias Holl, German Architect (d. 1646)
- 1923Charles Durning, American actor
- 1930Leon Neil Cooper, American physicist, Nobel laureate
- 1949Ilene Graff, American actress and singer
- 1956Guy Maddin, Canadian film director
- 1971Maxine Bahns, American actress
- 1973Nicolas Minassian, French racing driver
- 1974Lee Carsley, Irish footballer
- 1976Ali Larter, American actress and model
- 1981Florent Serra, French tennis player
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