February 28: Day of the Week
February 28, 2018 was the 59th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 306 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.
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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)
- 1784John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.
- 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.
- 1897Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force.
- 1922The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
- 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).
- 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.
- 1985The Provisional Irish Republican Army carries out a mortar attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary police station at Newry, killing nine officers in the highest loss of life for the RUC on a single day.
- 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?
- 1261Margaret of Scotland, queen of Norway (d. 1283)
- 1552Joost Bürgi, Swiss clockmaker (d. 1632)
- 1824Blondin, French tightrope walker (d. 1897)
- 1917Ernesto Alonso, Mexican actor, director, cinematographer, and producer (d. 2007)
- 1926Svetlana Alliluyeva, Soviet defector, daughter of Joseph Stalin
- 1939Chögyam Trungpa, Tibetan Buddhist meditation instructor (d. 1987)
- 1978Mariano Zabaleta, Argentine tennis player
- 1979Ivo Karlović, Croatian tennis player
- 1988Markéta Irglová, Czech songwriter and actress
- 1989Jason Pierre-Paul, American football player
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