February 28 Events

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February 28th, 2008 (February 28 2008)EventFormer Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra is arrested on corruption charges upon returning to Thailand after months of exile.
February 28th, 2007 (February 28 2007)EventJupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft.
February 28th, 2005 (February 28 2005)EventLebanon s pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigns amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.
February 28th, 2005 (February 28 2005)EventA suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.
February 28th, 2004 (February 28 2004)EventOver 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947
February 28th, 2001 (February 28 2001)EventThe Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.
February 28th, 2001 (February 28 2001)EventSix passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
February 28th, 1998 (February 28 1998)EventFirst 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.
February 28th, 1998 (February 28 1998)EventKosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
February 28th, 1997 (February 28 1997)EventThe North Hollywood shootout takes place.
February 28th, 1995 (February 28 1995)EventDenver International Airport officially opens in Denver, Colorado to replace Stapleton International Airport
February 28th, 1993 (February 28 1993)EventBureau 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 BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.
February 28th, 1991 (February 28 1991)EventThe first Gulf War ends.
February 28th, 1986 (February 28 1986)EventOlof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.Olof Palme Quotes
February 28th, 1985 (February 28 1985)EventThe 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.
February 28th, 1983 (February 28 1983)EventThe final episode of M*A*S*H is broadcast in the USA, becoming the most watched television episode in history, with 106-125 million viewers in the U.S. (estimate varies by source).
February 28th, 1975 (February 28 1975)EventA major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London kills 43 people.
February 28th, 1974 (February 28 1974)EventAfter seven years, the United States and Egypt re-establish diplomatic relations.
February 28th, 1972 (February 28 1972)EventThe Asama-Sanso incident ends in Japan.
February 28th, 1972 (February 28 1972)EventSino-American relations: The United States and People s Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communique.
February 28th, 1953 (February 28 1953)EventJames D. 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 Nature (puborn in April 2).James D. Watson Quotes
February 28th, 1947 (February 28 1947)Event228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
February 28th, 1942 (February 28 1942)EventThe heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) is sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait with 693 crew members killed.
February 28th, 1940 (February 28 1940)EventBasketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).
February 28th, 1939 (February 28 1939)EventThe first issue of Serbian weekly magazine Politikin zabavnik is published.
February 28th, 1939 (February 28 1939)EventThe erroneous word "Dord" is discovered in the Webster s New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
February 28th, 1935 (February 28 1935)EventNylon is invented by Wallace Carothers.
February 28th, 1933 (February 28 1933)EventGleichschaltung: The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.
February 28th, 1922 (February 28 1922)EventThe United Kingdom accepts the independence of Egypt.
February 28th, 1900 (February 28 1900)EventThe Second Boer War: The 118-day "Siege of Ladysmith" is lifted.
February 28th, 1897 (February 28 1897)EventQueen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force.
February 28th, 1885 (February 28 1885)EventThe American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone. (American Bell would later merge with its subsidiary.)
February 28th, 1883 (February 28 1883)EventThe first vaudeville theater opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
February 28th, 1870 (February 28 1870)EventThe Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire.
February 28th, 1861 (February 28 1861)EventColorado is organized as a United States territory.
February 28th, 1854 (February 28 1854)EventThe Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.
February 28th, 1850 (February 28 1850)EventThe University of Utah opens in Salt Lake City, Utah.
February 28th, 1849 (February 28 1849)EventRegular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 21 days after leaving New York Harbor.
February 28th, 1844 (February 28 1844)EventA gun on USS Princeton explodes while the boat is on a Potomac River cruise, killing two United States Cabinet members and several others.
February 28th, 1838 (February 28 1838)EventRobert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec)
February 28th, 1827 (February 28 1827)EventThe Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
February 28th, 1787 (February 28 1787)EventThe charter establishing the institution now known as the University of Pittsburgh is granted.
February 28th, 1784 (February 28 1784)EventJohn Wesley charters the Methodist Church.John Wesley Quotes
February 28th, 1710 (February 28 1710)EventIn the Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jorgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock.
February 28th, 1700 (February 28 1700)EventToday is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.
February 28th, 0870 (February 28 0870)EventThe Fourth Council of Constantinople closes.
February 28th, 0364 (February 28 0364)EventValentinian I becomes Roman Emperor.
February 28th, 0202 (February 28 0202)Eventcoronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty s rule over China

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