February 28: Day of the Week
February 28, 2020 was the 59th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 307 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.
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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)
- 1700Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.
- 1710In the Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock.
- 1811Cry of Asencio, begin of the Uruguayan War of Independence
- 1827The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
- 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.
- 1935DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
- 1947228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
- 1953James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April’s Nature (pub. April 2).
- 1997An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 in Armenia and Azerbaijan kills around 1,100 people
Who were born on February 28?
- 1612John Pearson, English theologian (d. 1686)
- 1724George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend, British field marshal (d. 1807)
- 1882Geraldine Farrar, American soprano (d. 1967)
- 1900Wolfram Hirth, German pilot (d. 1959)
- 1909Stephen Spender, English poet (d. 1995)
- 1915Peter Medawar, Brazilian-born scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1987)
- 1925Harry H Corbett, English actor (d. 1982)
- 1939Daniel C. Tsui, Chinese-born physicist, Nobel laureate
- 1979Sébastien Bourdais, French racing driver
- 1991Sarah Bolger, Irish actress
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