February 28: Day of the Week
February 28, 2019 was the 59th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 306 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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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)
- 202 BCcoronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty’s rule over China
- 1700Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.
- 1883The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
- 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.
- 1914The Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus is proclaimed in Gjirokastër, by the Greeks living in southern Albania.
- 1940Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).
- 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.
- 1997The North Hollywood shootout takes place, resulting in the injury of 19 people and the deaths of both perpetrators.
- 2001The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.
- 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?
- 1896Philip Showalter Hench, American physician, Nobel laureate (d. 1965)
- 1929Frank Gehry, Canadian-American architect
- 1930Bruce Dawe, Australian poet
- 1946Robin Cook, British politician (d. 2005)
- 1953Ricky Steamboat, American professional wrestler
- 1963Claudio Chiappucci, Italian cyclist
- 1967Colin Cooper, English footballer
- 1969Tor Øivind Ødegård, Norwegian middle distance runner
- 1979Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player
- 1989Charles Jenkins, American basketball player
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