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Events and People Who Made History on February 28

9th Century

870 - 8th Ecumenical council ends in Constantinople

11th Century

1066 - Westminster Abbey opens

16th Century

1570 - Anti-Portugese uprising on Ternate, Moluccas

17th Century

1610 - Thomas West, Baron de La Mar, is appointed governor of Virginia
1638 - Scottish Presbyterians sign National Convent, Greyfriars, Edinburgh
1646 - Roger Scott was tried in Mass for sleeping in church
1667 - English colony Suriname in Dutch hands
1692 - Salem witch hunt begins

18th Century

1704 - Elias Neau, a Frenchman, opens a school for blacks in New York City
1704 - Indians attack Deerfield, Massachusetts, kill 40, kidnap 100
1728 - Georg F. Handels opera "Siroe, re di Persia," premieres in London
1730 - Tsarina Anna Ivanovna leads autocracy
1749 - 1st edition of Henry Fieldings' "Tom Jones" published
1759 - Pope Clement XIII allows Bible to be translated into various languages
1778 - Rhode Island General Assembly authorizes enlistment of slaves
1784 - John Wesley charters Methodist Church
1794 - U.S. Senate voids Pennsylvania's election of Abraham Gallatin

19th Century

1810 - 1st U.S. fire insurance joint-stock company organized, Philadelphia
1819 - 1st public performance of a Schubert song, "Schafers Klageleid"
1826 - M Biela, an Austrian officer, discovers Biela's Comet
1827 - 1st commercial railroad in U.S., Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) chartered
1828 - Franz Grillparzer's "Ein Treuer Diener," premieres in Vienna
1835 - Dr. Elias L"nnrot publishes Finnish poem "Kalevala"
1844 - 12-inch gun aboard USS Princeton explodes
1847 - U.S. defeats Mexico in battle of Sacramento
1849 - 1st boat load of gold rush prospectors arrives in San Francisco from east coast
1854 - Republican Party formally organized at Ripon, Wisconsin
1859 - Arkansas legislature requires free blacks to choose exile or slavery
1861 - Territories of Nevada and Colorado created
1862 - Opera "La Reine de Saba," premieres in Paris
1863 - Confederate raider "Nashville" sinks near Fort McAllister Georgia
1871 - 2nd Enforcement Act gives federal control of congressional elections
1878 - U.S. congress authorizes large-size silver certificate
1879 - "Exodus of 1879" southern blacks flee political/economic exploitation
1882 - 1st U.S. college cooperative store opens, at Harvard University
1883 - 1st U.S. vaudeville theater opens in Boston
1888 - Ferry in San Pablo Bay explodes
1888 - Vincent d'Indy's Wallenstein-trilogy, premieres
1891 - Oscar Grunden skates world record 500m (50.8 sec)
1893 - Edward Acheson, Penn, patents an abrasive he names "carborundum"
1896 - France dismisses Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar

20th Century

1900 - General Buller's troops relieve Ladysmith Natal
1902 - Jules Massenets opera premieres in Monte Carlo
1903 - Barney Dreyfuss and James Potter buys Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000
1904 - Vincent d'Indy's 2nd Symphony in B, premieres
1906 - Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Queen's U (Kingston Ont) in 2 games
1908 - Failed assassination attempt on Shah Mohammed Ali in Teheran
1912 - Victor Trumper's last Test Cricket innings c Woolley b Barnes 50
1913 - 6.8-m, 4000-kg elephant seal killed, South Georgia (S Atlantic)
1914 - Construction begins on Tower of Jewels for the Exposition (San Francisco)
1917 - AP reports Mexico and Japan will allie with Germany if U.S. enters WW I
1917 - Russian Duma sets up Provisional Committee; workers set up Soviets
1920 - Maurice Ravel's "Le tombeau de Couperin," premieres
1922 - Egypt regains independence from Britain, but British troops remain
1922 - English princess Mary marries viscount Lascelles
1922 - KHQ-AM in Spokane WA begins radio transmissions
1923 - Swedish king Gustaaf V begins state visit to Netherlands
1924 - U.S. begins intervention in Honduras
1925 - Congress authorizes a special handling stamp
1925 - Longest win streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (9 games)
1925 - "Tea For Two" by Marion Harris hit #1
1925 - Theater Museum of Amsterdam forms
1929 - Chicago Blackhawks lose record NHL 15th straight game at home
1931 - Canadian Rugby Union adopts the forward pass
1931 - Oswald Mosley founds his New Party
1933 - 1st female in cabinet: Francis Perkins appointed Secretary of Labor
1933 - German President Von Hindenburg abolishes free expression of opinion
1933 - Hitler disallows German Communist Party (KPD)
1935 - Amsterdam Hotel of the Red Lion gets sidewalk permit
1935 - Nylon discovered by Dr. Wallace H. Carothers
1939 - Great Britain recognizes Franco-regime in Spain
1940 - 1st televised basketball game (University of Pittsburgh beats Fordham University, 50-37)
1940 - Richard Wright's "Native Son" published
1940 - U.S. population at 131,669,275
1941 - 39 U Boats (197,000 ton) sunk this month
1941 - British-Italian dogfight above Albania
1942 - 1st weapon drop on Netherlands
1942 - Japanese land in Java, last Allied bastion in Dutch East Indies
1942 - Race riot, Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit
1943 - 63 U Boats (359,300 ton) sinks this month
1943 - "Porgy and Bess" opens on Broadway with Anne Brown and Todd Duncan
1947 - Anti Kuomintang demonstration on Taiwan
1950 - "Alive and Kicking" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 46 performances
1951 - French government of Pleven dissolves
1951 - Senate committee reports of at least 2 major U.S. crime syndicates
1953 - Stalin meets with Beria, Bulganin, Khrushchev and Malenkov
1954 - Patty Berg/Pete Cooper wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
1954 - U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1956 - 13 die in a train crash in Swampscott Massachusetts
1956 - Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory
1957 - Jockey Johnny Longden's 5,000th career victory
1958 - West Indies 1-504 in reply to Pakistan 328, day 3 of 3rd Test Cricket
1959 - "Goldilocks" closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City after 161 performances
1959 - Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs USA won by Denny and Jones of GRB
1959 - Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Wagner and Paul of CAN
1959 - Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Colorado Springs won by Carol Heiss USA
1959 - Launch of Discoverer 1 (WTR)-1st polar orbit
1959 - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Colorado Springs won by David Jenkins USA
1959 - NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to Los Angeles Rams for 9 players
1960 - 8th winter Olympic games close at Squaw Valley, Colorado
1960 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
1960 - U.S. wins Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Czechoslovakia 9-4
1961 - John F. Kennedy names Henry Kissinger special advisor
1962 - WMGM-AM in New York City changes call letters to WHN
1966 - Cavern Club (Beatles hangout) in Liverpool closes
1966 - Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers
1967 - Wilt Chamberlain sinks NBA record 35th consecutive field goal
1969 - Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Towler and Ford of GBR
1969 - Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Rodnina and Ulanov of URS
1969 - Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Colorado Springs won by Gabriele Seyfert GDR
1969 - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Colorado Springs won by Tim Wood USA
1970 - Bicycles permitted to cross Golden Gate Bridge
1970 - Caroline Walker runs world female record marathon (3:02:53)
1970 - "Georgy" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 4 performances
1970 - KIIN (now KUN) TV channel 12 in Iowa City, IA (PBS) 1st broadcast
1970 - WUTR TV channel 20 in Utica-Rome, New York (ABC) begins broadcasting
1971 - 53rd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at PGA National Florida Jack Nicklaus wins his 2nd golf grand slam
1971 - WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, Kentucky (IND) begins broadcasting
1972 - George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident
1972 - President Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China
1973 - Suriname government of Sedney arrests 13 union leaders
1974 - Ethiopian government of Makonnen forms
1974 - Labour Party wins British parliamentary election
1974 - Taiwan police shoots into crowd
1974 - U.S. and Egypt re-form diplomatic relations after 7 years
1975 - 41 killed in London Underground, as train speeds past final stop
1975 - EG signs accord of Lome with 46 developing countries
1975 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1976 - 18th Grammy Awards: Love Will Keep Us Together, Natalie Cole wins
1976 - Ceuta and Melilla (Spanish Morocco) are last European African possession
1976 - Spain withdraws from Western Sahara
1977 - 1st killer whale born in captivity (Marineland, Los Angeles California)
1977 - Harbor strike in Rotterdam/Amsterdam ends
1979 - Ernest Thompson's "On Golden Pond," premieres in New York City
1980 - "The Well-Tuned Piano" by La Monte Young premieres (takes 4 h 12 m)
1980 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 - Calvin Murphy (Houston), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws
1981 - China throws out Netherlands ambassador due to submarine sale to Taiwan
1982 - AT and T looses record $7 BILLION for fiscal year ending on this day
1982 - Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic
1982 - FALN (Puerto Rico Nationalist Group) bombs Wall Street
1984 - 26th Grammy Awards: Beat It, Michael Jackson wins 8
1986 - European Economic Community sign "Special Act" for Europe free trade
1986 - Peter Uberroth suspended 7 baseball players for 1 year, after they admitted in Curtis Strong's trial in September, they used drugs
1988 - 15th Winter Olympic games close at Calgary, Canada
1988 - Anti-Armenian pogrom in Azerbaijan, 30 killed
1988 - Pat Verbeek becomes 1st New Jersey Devil to score 4 goals in an NHL game
1988 - Yvonne van Gennip skates world record 5 km ladies (7:14.13)
1989 - Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA
1989 - Memo by Brian Gumbel criticizing Today Show co-workers becomes public
1989 - Red Schoendienst and Al Barlick elected to Hall of Fame
1990 - Dutch police seize 3,000 kg of cocaine
1990 - U.S. 65th manned space mission STS-36 (Atlantis 6) launches into orbit
1991 - Don Mattingly named 10th New York Yankee Captain
1991 - "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Carre, Amsterdam
1991 - Noureddine Morceli runs world record 1500m indoor (3:34:16)
1991 - "Speed of Darkness" opens at Belasco Theater New York City for 36 performances
1991 - U.S. and allied forces grant Iraq a cease fire
1993 - 7th American Comedy Award: Seinfeld wins
1993 - "Anna Christie" closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 54 performances
1993 - Iolanda Chen triple jumps world indoor record hop step (14.46m)
1993 - Tony Curtis weds Lisa Deutsch as his 4th wife
1994 - Brady Law, imposing a wait-period to buy a hand-gun, went into effect
1995 - Denver International Airport opens
1996 - 38th Grammy Awards: Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morisette wins
1997 - Earthquake in Pakistan, kills 45
1997 - FBI agent Earl Pitts pleads guilty to selling secrets to Russia
1997 - Smokers must prove they are over 18 to purchase cigarettes in US
1998 - Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points
1998 - "View From the Bridge," closes at Criterion Theater New York City

21st Century

2003 - United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said there is no evidence that Iraq has any weapons of mass destruction


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