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
  • 1811
    Cry of Asencio, begin of the Uruguayan War of Independence
  • 1838
    Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1939
    The erroneous word “dord” is discovered in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 1959
    Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object to achieve a polar orbit, is launched.
  • 1972
    Sino-American relations: The United States and People’s Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué.
  • 1975
    A major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London kills 43 people.
  • 1985
    The 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.
  • 1991
    The first Gulf War ends.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2004
    Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500 km long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947

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