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
- 1638The Scottish National Covenant is signed in Edinburgh.
- 1897Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force.
- 1942The heavy cruiser USS Houston is sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait with 693 crew members killed, along with HMAS Perth which lost 375 men.
- 1947228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
- 1958A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains the worst school bus accident in U.S. history.
- 1959Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object to achieve a polar orbit, is launched.
- 1975A major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London kills 43 people.
- 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.
- 1998First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.
Who were born on February 28?
- 1823Ernest Renan, French philosopher (d. 1892)
- 1878Pierre Fatou, French mathematician (d. 1929)
- 1909Stephen Spender, English poet (d. 1995)
- 1929Frank Gehry, Canadian-American architect
- 1930Bruce Dawe, Australian poet
- 1940Joe South, American singer
- 1973Eric Lindros, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1976Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Canadian actor
- 1979Sébastien Bourdais, French racing driver
- 1985Fefe Dobson, Canadian singer
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