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What Happened on February 28th This Day in History

Year Name
2013 Pope Benedict XVI resigns as the pope of the Catholic Church, becoming the first pope to do so since Pope Gregory XII, in 1415.
2005 A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.
2004 Over one million Taiwanese participate in the 228 Hand-in-Hand rally form a 500-kilometre (310 mi) long human chain to commemorate the February 28 Incident in 1947.
2002 During the religious violence in Gujarat, the 97 people killed in the Naroda Patiya massacre and 69 in Gulbarg Society massacre.
1998 First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.
1998 Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
1997 An earthquake in northern Iran is responsible for about 3,000 deaths.
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.
1995 Former Australian Liberal party leader John Hewson resigns from the Australian parliament almost two years after losing the 1993 Australian federal election.
1993 The 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 ATF agents and six Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.
1991 The first Gulf War ends.
1986 Olof Palme, 26th Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.
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.
1983 The final episode of M*A*S*H airs, with almost 106 million viewers. It still holds the record for the highest viewership of a season finale.
1980 Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
1975 In London, an underground train fails to stop at Moorgate terminus station and crashes into the end of the tunnel, killing 43 people.
1972 China-United States relations: The United States and China sign the Shanghai Communiqué.
1959 Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object intended to achieve a polar orbit, is launched but fails to achieve orbit.
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 one of the worst school bus accidents in U.S. history.
1954 The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
1953 James 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).
1948 Christiansborg Cross-Roads shooting in the Gold Coast, when a British police officer opens fire on a march of ex-servicemen, killing three of them and sparking major riots and looting in Accra.
1947 February 28 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of an estimated 30,000 civilians.
1942 The heavy cruiser USS Houston is sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait with 693 crew members killed, along with HMAS Perth which lost 375 men.
1940 Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).
1939 The erroneous word "dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
1935 DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
1933 Gleichschaltung: The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.
1925 The Charlevoix-Kamouraska earthquake strikes northeastern North America.
1922 The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
1904 S.L. Benfica is founded in Portugal.
1900 The Second Boer War: The 118-day "Siege of Ladysmith" is lifted.
1897 Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force.
1893 The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched.
1874 One of the longest cases ever heard in an English court ends when the defendant is convicted of perjury for attempting to assume the identity of the heir to the Tichborne baronetcy.
1870 The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abdülaziz of the Ottoman Empire.
1867 Seventy years of Holy See-United States relations are ended by a Congressional ban on federal funding of diplomatic envoys to the Vatican and are not restored until January 10, 1984.
1849 Regular steamship service from the east to the west coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, four months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor.
1847 The Battle of the Sacramento River during the Mexican-American War is a decisive victory for the United States leading to the capture of Chihuahua.
1844 A gun on USS Princeton explodes while the boat is on a Potomac River cruise, killing six people, including two United States Cabinet members.
1838 Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec).
1827 The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
1784 John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.
1728 Peshwa Bajirao I of the Maratha Empire defeats Asaf Jah I in the Battle of Palkhed.
1710 Battle of Helsingborg: 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock. This is the last time Swedish and Danish troops meet on Swedish soil.
1700 Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.
1638 The Scottish National Covenant is signed in Edinburgh.
1525 Aztec king Cuauhtémoc is executed on the order of conquistador Hernán Cortés.
1246 The siege of Jaén ends in the context of the Spanish Reconquista resulting in the Castilian takeover of the city from the Taifa of Jaen.
870 The Fourth Council of Constantinople closes.
202 BC Liu Bang is enthroned as the Emperor of China, beginning four centuries of rule by the Han dynasty.
Famous People Born on February 28

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Year Name
1987 Antonio Candreva, Italian footballer
1989 Charles Jenkins, American basketball player
1704 Louis Godin, French astronomer and academic (d. 1760)
1985 Jelena JankoviĿ, Serbian tennis player
1959 Jack Abramoff, American businessman and lobbyist
1948 Steven Chu, American physicist and politician, 12th United States Secretary of Energy, Nobel Prize laureate
1948 Alfred Sant, Maltese politician, 11th Prime Minister of Malta
1975 Mike Rucker, American football player
1979 Ivo KarloviĿ, Croatian tennis player
1612 John Pearson, English bishop, theologian, and scholar (d. 1686)
Famous People Deaths On February 28

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Date Name
1261 Henry III, Duke of Brabant (b. 1230)
2009 Paul Harvey, American radio host (b. 1918)
1453 Isabella, Duchess of Lorraine (b. 1400)
1998 Dermot Morgan, Irish comedian and actor (b. 1952)
1648 Christian IV of Denmark (b. 1577)
2011 Jane Russell, American actress and singer (b. 1921)
2012 Hal Roach, Irish comedian and author (b. 1927)
2014 Lee Lorch, American mathematician and activist (b. 1915)
2012 Jim Green, American-Canadian educator and politician (b. 1943)
2013 Donald A. Glaser, American physicist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1926)