February 28: Day of the Week
February 28, 2021 was the 59th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 306 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.
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February 28 Historical Event(s)
- 1700Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.
- 1827The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
- 1838Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec)
- 1897Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force.
- 1933Gleichschaltung: The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.
- 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.
- 1972Sino-American relations: The United States and People’s Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué.
- 1980Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
- 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.
Who were born on February 28?
- 1573Elias Holl, German Architect (d. 1646)
- 1712Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, French military commander (d. 1759)
- 1851Samuel W. McCall, 47th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1923)
- 1916Cesar Climaco, Filipino politician (d. 1984)
- 1949Ilene Graff, American actress and singer
- 1958Jack Abramoff, American businessman, political figure and convict
- 1976Adam Pine, Australian swimmer
- 1980Lucian Bute, Romanian-born Canadian boxer
- 1980Piotr Giza, Polish footballer
- 1988Markéta Irglová, Czech songwriter and actress
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