February 28: Day of the Week
February 28, 2015 was the 59th day of the year 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 306 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.
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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.
- 1870The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire.
- 1922The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
- 1928C.V. Raman discovers Raman effect.
- 1933Gleichschaltung: The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.
- 1939The erroneous word “dord” is discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
- 1959Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object to achieve a polar orbit, is launched.
- 1980Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
- 1991The first Gulf War ends.
- 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?
- 1865Wilfred Grenfell, medical missionary (d. 1940)
- 1882Geraldine Farrar, American soprano (d. 1967)
- 1907Milton Caniff, American cartoonist (Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon) (d. 1988)
- 1909Stephen Spender, English poet (d. 1995)
- 1918Alfred Burke, British actor (d. 2011)
- 1923Charles Durning, American actor
- 1958Jeanne Mas, French singer and actress
- 1961Mark Latham, Australian politician
- 1980Lucian Bute, Romanian-born Canadian boxer
- 2007Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco
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