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

  • 202 BC
    coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty’s rule over China
  • 1700
    Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.
  • 1710
    In the Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock.
  • 1784
    John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.
  • 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.
  • 1914
    The Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus is proclaimed in Gjirokastër, by the Greeks living in southern Albania.
  • 1928
    C.V. Raman discovers Raman effect.
  • 1933
    Gleichschaltung: The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.
  • 1935
    DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
  • 1940
    Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).
  • 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).
  • 1954
    The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
  • 1958
    A 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.
  • 1980
    Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
  • 1986
    Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.
  • 1993
    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group’s leader David Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
  • 2001
    Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.

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