About February 28

February 28, 2021 is the 59th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 306 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Pisces is the sun 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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 338 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On February 28

  • 1638
    The Scottish National Covenant is signed in Edinburgh.
  • 1811
    Cry of Asencio, begin of the Uruguayan War of Independence
  • 1827
    The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
  • 1844
    A gun on USS Princeton explodes while the boat is on a Potomac River cruise, killing eight people, including two United States Cabinet members.
  • 1870
    The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1883
    The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1885
    The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone. (American Bell would later merge with its subsidiary.)
  • 1893
    The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched.
  • 1897
    Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force.
  • 1900
    The Second Boer War: The 118-day “Siege of Ladysmith” is lifted.
  • 1947
    228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
  • 1953
    James 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).
  • 1959
    Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object to achieve a polar orbit, is launched.
  • 1975
    A major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London kills 43 people.
  • 1986
    Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.
  • 1997
    An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 in Armenia and Azerbaijan kills around 1,100 people
  • 1997
    GRB 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.
  • 1997
    The North Hollywood shootout takes place, resulting in the injury of 19 people and the deaths of both perpetrators.
  • 2001
    Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
  • 2001
    The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.

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