February 28th is celebrated as Tooth Fairy Day and Public Sleeping Day.
Today marks the 59th day of the year, but whos counting?
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 fun & interesting facts about February 28th in history!
What memorable events happened on February 28 in history? Keep reading to find out!
The FBI publicly confirmed that they believed COVID-19 originated in a lab in Wuhan, China.
The UN released a report warning that 14% of Earth’s species face a very high risk of extinction.
The particularly damning part of this report is that this is the best-case scenario, in which the world’s temperature increases by just 1.5°C. If we continue as is, without making drastic changes to our lifestyles, more than 29% of Earth’s species will go extinct.
A Duke University neuroscientist connected two rat brains together over the internet.
The successful experiment meant the rodents could share sensory information and problem solve digitally.
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).
The US Air Force launched the Discoverer 1 reconnaissance satellite.
Discoverer 1 didn’t contain any cameras or film, as it was a test flight, but the proceeding 37 Discoverer satellites did. The Discoverer missions were highly classified until 1995 as they aimed to photograph Soviet military activities. While the launch was successful, the spy satellite failed to reach its intended polar orbit.
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Are you looking for something to do today? Then why not find time today to celebrate the following special holidays.
National Public Sleeping Day
Taking naps is seriously underrated these days, but it’s days like Public Sleeping Day which really help to promote this sleepy art form. Public Sleeping Day is a great excuse to nap on the grass, have a mid-movie snooze and then nod off on the bus home.
National Chocolate Soufflé Day
Pre-set your ovens and get your whisks out, as today is National Chocolate Soufflé Day! French cuisine surely hit its peak with this recipe – there’s nothing more satisfying than eating a piping hot chocolate soufflé. You could have one at a restaurant, but baking it will be more fun!
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Fun Fact Of The Day
Larry the Cable Guy’s real name is Daniel Lawrence Whitney. His notable Southern accent is fake – he was born and raised in the midwest, not the South.
Birthday & Zodiac
People who were born on February 28 all share the Pisces zodiac sign.
Pisces have powerful gut reactions and can often judge whether a person or situation is good or bad.
People born during February have the Amethyst birthstone. Amethyst is often associated with stability, courage, and peace, which is perfect if you’re living in the cold, dark days of February.
If your birthday falls on this day, you would’ve likely been conceived around June 7 in the previous year.
A baby that is conceived on this day will be born around November 21, 2023.