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February 28: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on February 28

February 28th is celebrated as Tooth Fairy Day and Public Sleeping Day.

Today marks the 59th day of the year, but whos counting?

People who were born on February 28 all share the Pisces zodiac sign.

Sit tight as you’re about to discover the absolutely incredible happenings of this special day in history, including huge advances in health, animal discoveries and how one word that doesn’t mean anything was accidentally published in an English dictionary!

Did you know that on this day in 2012, the largest prehistoric penguin was discovered? According to a 27-million-year-old fossil, the penguin stood almost 5ft tall and weighed around 132lbs.

Keep reading for more facts about February 28th in history!

What Happened On February 28 In History?

2013

A Duke University neuroscientist connected two rat brains together over the internet.

The successful experiment meant the rodents were able to share sensory information and problem solve digitally.
2012

The largest prehistoric penguin was discovered.

The penguin species Kairuku grebneffi was discovered from a 27 million year-old fossil, which showed the penguin to weigh around 132 lbs (60 kg) and stood at nearly 5ft tall (1.5 meters).
1997

The FDA in the US started requiring that those purchasing cigarettes under the age of 27, must provide ID to prove they are over 18.

1996

Alanis Morissette claimed 4 Grammy’s, including Album of the Year with “Jagged Little Pill”.

1990

The New Zealand Navy ended its daily allowance of rum to their sailors.

OTD in 1990: The New Zealand Navy ended its daily allowance of rum to their sailors.
1977

The first killer whale calf was born in captivity at Marineland, Los Angeles, California, USA.

The calf was named Corky but sadly passed away after just eighteen days.
1953

The twisted ladder structure of DNA was discovered.

OTD in 1953: The twisted ladder structure of DNA was discovered.
It's more commonly known as the double-helix. The discovery was made by scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick at Cambridge University.
1947

An anti-government uprising took place in Taiwan where up to 28,000 people lost their lives.

Martial law was declared soon after.
1939

Erroneous word “Dord” was added to the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition.

The word was accidentally created as a ghost word.
1933

The Reichstag Fire Decree was issued by President Hindenburg.

This was done on Hitler's advice, after the German Parliament Building was burned down the previous day. It suspended due process and habeas corpus protections allowing for anyone to be arrested without cause.
1784

The first Methodist Church in the US was opened by John Wesley.

Did you know that on this day, February 28th 2012, the largest prehistoric penguin was discovered?