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.
- 1827The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
- 1844A gun on USS Princeton explodes while the boat is on a Potomac River cruise, killing eight people, including two United States Cabinet members.
- 1849Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor.
- 1914The Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus is proclaimed in Gjirokastër, by the Greeks living in southern Albania.
- 1935DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
- 1939The erroneous word “dord” is discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
- 1947228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
- 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?
- 1916Cesar Climaco, Filipino politician (d. 1984)
- 1921Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (d. 2006)
- 1948Bernadette Peters, American actress and singer
- 1958David R. Ross, Scottish historian and writer (d. 2010)
- 1971Maxine Bahns, American actress
- 1974Lee Carsley, Irish footballer
- 1976Ali Larter, American actress and model
- 1977Jason Aldean, American country singer
- 1980Lucian Bute, Romanian-born Canadian boxer
- 1988Aroldis Chapman, Cuban baseball player
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