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 French then this day of the week in French is dimanche.
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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)
- 870The Fourth Council of Constantinople closes.
- 1638The Scottish National Covenant is signed in Edinburgh.
- 1844A gun on USS Princeton explodes while the boat is on a Potomac River cruise, killing eight people, including two United States Cabinet members.
- 1885The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone. (American Bell would later merge with its subsidiary.)
- 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.
- 1922The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
- 1928C.V. Raman discovers Raman effect.
- 1940Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).
- 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?
- 1841Adrien Albert Marie de Mun, French politician (d. 1914)
- 1909Stephen Spender, English poet (d. 1995)
- 1922Joyce Howard, British film actress (d. 2010)
- 1926Svetlana Alliluyeva, Soviet defector, daughter of Joseph Stalin
- 1948Mercedes Ruehl, American actress
- 1970Noureddine Morceli, Algerian athlete
- 1976Ali Larter, American actress and model
- 1978Mariano Zabaleta, Argentine tennis player
- 1984Ben Fagan, American musician and reality show contestant
- 1991Sarah Bolger, Irish actress
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