February 28

February 28 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances

2017 Daily Holidays that fall on February 28, include:

  • Floral Design Day
  • International Pancake Day - February 28, 2017
  • National Chocolate Souffle Day 
  • National Public Sleeping Day 
  • National Tooth Fairy Day 
  • Paczki Day - February 28, 2017 (always Shrove Tuesday)
  • Rare Disease Day - February 28, 2017 (Last Day of February)
  • Shrove Tuesday - February 28, 2017
  • Spay Day USA - February 28, 2017 (Last Tuesday in February)
  • World Spay Day - February 28, 2017 (Last Tuesday in February)

2017 Weekly Holidays that include February 28, are:

  • Bird Health Awareness Week - February 28 - March 4, 2017
  • Jewish Book Week - February 25 - March 5, 2017
  • Make Mine Chocolate - (Campaign kicks off annually on Feb 15, and ends on Easter which is April 16, 2017)
  • Museum Advocacy Days - February 27-28, 2017 (Last Mon/Tues in February)
  • Orthodox Lent - February 27 - April 7, 2017
  • Peace Corps Week - February 26, 2017 - March 4, 2017
  • Telecommuter Appreciation Week - February 26 - March 4, 2017

2017 Monthly Holidays that include February 28, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our February Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of February.

NOTE:

  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.


World Festivals and Events

  • Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - Starts annually on January 5, and typically runs for a month or more, in Harbin, China and is the largest ice and snow festival in the world! 2017 Dates are January 5 - February 28, 2017
  • Carnival of Venice - February 11-28, 2017 - An annual festival held in Venice, Italy where people wear masks and costumes.
  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 16, 2017 - March 18, 2017 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events.
  • Carnival (Rio de Janeiro in Brazil) - February 24 - March 1, 2017 - Carnival is the biggest festival in the world with two million people a day on the streets. Floats, Parades, Balls, Music and Dancing are all part of the Event.
  • Mardi Gras Carnival - February 28, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana


Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for February 28 is Pisces.


Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for February are:

  • Violet - symbolizes faithfulness, loyalty, humility, wisdom, and hope
  • Primrose - Modesty, distinction, and virtue

Birthstone

The Birthstone for February is Amethyst.


Famous Birthdays

  • 1906 – Bugsy Siegel, American gangster (d. 1947)
  • 1923 – Charles Durning, American actor (d. 2012)
  • 1931 – Gavin MacLeod, American actor (McHales Navy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Love Boat)
  • 1940 – Mario Andretti, Italian-American race car driver
  • 1948 – Bernadette Peters, American actress and singer
  • 1961 – Rae Dawn Chong, Canadian actress
  • 1976 – Ali Larter, American actress and model (Heroes)
  • 1984 – Karolína Kurková, Czech supermodel


Famous Deaths

  • 1781 - Richard Stockton, US attorney and signor of the Declaration of Independence
  • 1891 – George Hearst, American businessman and politician and father of William Randoph Hearst (Hearst Castle) (b. 1820)
  • 1953 - Jim Thorpe,  American athlete (Olympics gold medal in 1912)
  • 1979 - Mr Ed, the talking horse, dies
  • 2011 – Jane Russell, American actress (b. 1921)
  • 2016 - George Kennedy, American actor (Airport movies, Cool Hand Luke) (b. 1925)


Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1993 - Tony Curtis weds Lisa Deutsch as his 4th wife
  • 1998 - Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson divorces Motley Crue drummer, Tommy Lee after 3 years of marriage


Quote of the Day




Mario Andretti, an Italian-American race car driver was born on this day in 1940.  He is one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport, with 109 career wins on major circuits!


Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

February 27 Recipe of the Day from Holidays and Observances

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the Day for February 28, is a Vegetarian Fried Rice with Vegetables Recipe from Kerry, of Healthy Diet Habits.

This Day in History

  • 1692 - Salem witch hunt begins
  • 1784 – John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.
  • 1827 – The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) is incorporated
  • 1849 – Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins
  • 1854 - Republican Party formally organized at Ripon, Wiscconsin
  • 1861 - Territories of Nevada & Colorado created
  • 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
  • 1893 – The USS Indiana is launched by the US Navy
  • 1935 – DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
  • 1954 – The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the public
  • 1961 - JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor
  • 1970 - Bicycles are permitted to cross the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA
  • 1977 - 1st killer whale born in captivity at Marineland, in Los Angeles California)
  • 1991 – The first Gulf War ends
  • 1994 - Brady Law, imposing a waiting period to buy a hand gun, went into effect
  • 1995 - Denver International Airport opens
  • 1997 - Smokers must prove they are over 18 to purchase cigarettes in US
  • 2013 – Pope Benedict XVI formally retires from the papacy – the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years


This Day in Music

  • 1970 - Simon and Garfunkel,'s Bridge Over Troubled Water - hits #1 and stays on top for six weeks
  • 1986 - George Michael announced that Wham! would officially split during the summer 
  • 1996 - At the 38th Grammy Awards, Alanis Morissette won album of the year for Jagged Little Pill, best female rock vocal, & best song for You Oughta Know
  • 1996 - At the Grammy Awards, Nirvana's Unplugged won best alternative album
  • 2006 - At the 48th Grammy Awards,  Stevie Wonder's From The Bottom Of My Heart wins in the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category



This Day in Sports

  • 1940 – Basketball is televised for the first time
  • 1959 - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Colo Springs won by David Jenkins of the USA
  • 1960 - 8th winter Olympic games close at Squaw Valley, CA (Squaw Valley is the Ski Resort, Olympic Valley is the name of the Valley)
  • 1960 - US wins Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Canada
  • 1970 - Caroline Walker runs world female record marathon (3:02:53)
  • 1988 - 15th Winter Olympic games close at Calgary, Canada


Word of the Day from Wiktionary

kettle of fish (noun)

1. An awkward situation; a predicament.
2. A situation which is recognized as different from or as an alternative to some other situation, and which is not necessarily unfavorable.

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