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200519th Soul Train Music Awards: Ice Cube, Usher & Ciara win

1972Pres Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China

1784John Wesley charters Methodist Church

1960Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open

1728George F Handel's opera "Siroe, re di Persia," premieres in London

1998Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points

197153rd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at PGA Natl FL Jack Nicklaus wins his 2nd golf grand slam

1961JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor

200115th Soul Train Music Awards: The Isley Brothers, Destiny's Child & Jay-Z win

1953Stalin meets with Beria, Bulganin, Khrushchev & Malenkov

19937th American Comedy Award: seinfeld wins

1972George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident

1933Hitler disallows German communist party (KPD)

198426th Grammy Awards: Michael Jackson wins 8 Grammys

1967Wilt Chamberlain sinks NBA record 35th consecutive field goal

18191st public performance of a Franz Schubert song, "Schäfers Klageleid"

February 28th Historical Events
Date Event
202
Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty's rule over China 
BC
AD
364
Valentinian I becomes Roman Emperor. 
870
8th Ecumenical council ends in Constantinople 
1570
Anti-Portugese uprising on Ternate, Moluccas 
1638
Scottish Presbyterians sign National Convent, Greyfriars, Edinburgh 
1646
Roger Scott was tried in Mass for sleeping in church 
1653
-Mar 3] 3 Day Sea battle English beats Dutch 
1667
English colony Suriname in Dutch hands 
1700
Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar. 
1704
Elias Neau, a Frenchman, opens a school for blacks in NYC 
1704
Indians attack Deerfield, Mass, kill 40, kidnap 100 
1708
Slave revolt, Newton, Long Island NY, 11 die 
1710
In the Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock. 
1728
George F Handel's 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 
1787
The charter establishing the institution now known as the University of Pittsburgh is granted. 
1794
US Senate voids Pennsylvania's election of Abraham Gallatin 
1810
1st US fire insurance joint-stock company organized, Philadelphia 
1819
1st public performance of a Franz Schubert song, "Schäfers Klageleid" 
1826
M Biela, an Austrian officer, discovers Biela's Comet 
1827
1st commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) chartered 
1828
Franz Grillparzer's "Ein Treuer Diener," premieres in Vienna 
1835
Dr Elias L"nnrot publishes Finnish poem "Kalevala" 
1838
Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Québec) 
1844
12-inch gun aboard USS Princeton explodes 
1847
US defeats Mexico in battle of Sacramento 
1849
1st boat load of gold rush prospectors arrives in SF from east coast 
1850
The University of Utah opens in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
1854
Republican Party formally organized at Ripon, Wisc 
1859
Arkansas legislature requires free blacks to choose exile or slavery 
1861
Territories of Nevada & Colorado created 
1862
Opera "La Reine de Saba," premieres in Paris 
1863
Confederate raider "Nashville" sinks near Fort McAllister Georgia 
1864
-Mar 3rd] Skirmish at Albemarle County Virginia (Burton's Ford) 
1864
-Mar 4th) Raid at Kilpatrick's Richmond 
1870
The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire. 
1871
2nd Enforcement Act gives federal control of congressional elections 
1878
US congress authorizes large-size silver certificate 
1879
"Exodus of 1879" southern blacks flee political/economic exploitation 
1882
1st US college cooperative store opens, at Harvard U 
1883
1st US vaudeville theater opens (Boston) 
1888
Ferry in San Pablo Bay explodes 
1888
Vincent d'Indy's Wallenstein-trilogy, premieres 
1891
Oscar Grundén skates world record 500m (50.8 sec) 
1893
Edward Acheson, Penn, patents an abrasive he names "carborundum" 
1896
France dismisses Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar 
1900
General Buller's troops relieve Ladysmith Natal 
1902
Jules Massenets opera premieres in Monte Carlo 
1903
Barney Dreyfuss & 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 (SF) 
1915
WWI: After the French try to drive the Germans forces back into the Champagne region, they gain a few hundred yards - at the cost of 50,000 casualties 
1917
AP reports Mexico & Japan will allie with Germany if US enters WW I 
1920
Maurice Ravel's "Le tombeau de Couperin," premieres 
1922
Egypt regains independence from Britain, but British troops remain 
1922
KHQ-AM in Spokane WA begins radio transmissions 
1923
Swedish king Gustaaf V begins state visit to Netherlands 
1924
US begins intervention in Honduras 
1925
"Tea For Two" by Marion Harris hit #1 
1925
Congress authorizes a special handling stamp 
1925
Longest win streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (9 games) 
1925
Theater Museum of Amsterdam forms 
1929
Chic Black Hawks 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 Pres 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
Wallace Carothers manufactures 1st nylon polymer 
1939
Great-Britain recognizes Franco-regime in Spain 
1939
The first issue of Serbian weekly magazine Politikin zabavnik is published. 
1939
The erroneous word "Dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation. 
1940
1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37) 
1940
Richard Wright's "Native Son" published 
1940
US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 blacks (9.8%)) 
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
"Porgy & Bess" opens on Broadway with Anne Brown & Todd Duncan 
1943
63 U Boats (359,300 ton) sinks this month 
1947
Anti Kuomintang demonstration on Taiwan 
1947
228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives. 
1950
"Alive & Kicking" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 46 perfs 
1951
French government of Pleven dissolves 
1951
Senate committee reports of at least 2 major US crime syndicates 
1953
Stalin meets with Beria, Bulganin, Khrushchev & Malenkov 
1954
Patty Berg/Pete Cooper wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament 
1954
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island 
1956
13 die in a train crash in Swampscott Mass 
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 NYC after 161 perfs 
1959
Ice Dance Championship at Colo Springs USA won by Denny & Jones of GRB 
1959
Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Wagner & Paul of CAN 
1959
Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Colo Spr won by Carol Heiss USA 
1959
Launch of Discoverer 1 (WTR)-1st polar orbit 
1959
Men's Figure Skating Championship in Colo Spr won by David Jenkins USA 
1959
NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players 
1960
8th winter Olympic games close at Squaw Valley, Cal 
1960
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open 
1960
US wins Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Canada 
1961
JFK 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 & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers 
1967
Wilt Chamberlain sinks NBA record 35th consecutive field goal 
1968
Pirate Radio Hauraki, off NZ, returns to the air 
1969
Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Spr won by Towler & Ford of GBR 
1969
Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Spr won by Rodnina & Ulanov of URS 
1969
Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Colo Spr won by Gabriele Seyfert GDR 
1969
Men's Figure Skating Championship in Colo Springs won by Tim Wood USA 
1969
Terence O'Neill re-elected as leader of the Unionist Parliamentary Party and thus confirmed as Northern Ireland Prime Minister 
1970
"Georgy" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 4 performances 
1970
Bicycles permitted to cross Golden Gate Bridge 
1970
Caroline Walker runs world female record marathon (3:02:53) 
1970
KIIN (now KUN) TV channel 12 in Iowa City, IA (PBS) 1st broadcast 
1970
WUTR TV channel 20 in Utica-Rome, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting 
1971
WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, KY (IND) begins broadcasting 
1971
53rd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at PGA Natl FL Jack Nicklaus wins his 2nd golf grand slam 
1971
A British soldier dies in Derry after his vehicle had been attacked with petrol bombs (he died as a result of inhaling chemicals from fire extinguisers that were used to put out the fire) 
1972
George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident 
1972
Pres Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China 
1972
The Asama-Sanso incident ends in Japan. 
1973
Suriname government of Sedney arrests 13 union leaders 
1973
Iraq and Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) reach an agreement on compensation for nationalization 
1974
Ethiopian government of Makonnen forms 
1974
Labour Party wins British parliamentary election 
1974
Taiwan police shoots into crowd 
1974
US & 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
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1975
A major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London kills 43 people. 
1976
18th Grammy Awards: Love Will Keep Us Together, Natalie Cole wins 
1976
Ceuta & 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 NYC 
1980
"The Well-Tuned Piano" by La Monte Young premieres (takes 4 h 12 m) 
1980
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1981
Calvin Murphy (Hou), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws 
1981
China PR throws out Neth ambassador due to submarine sale to Taiwan 
1982
AT & T looses record $7 BILLION for fiscal year ending on this day 
1982
Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic 
1982
FALN (PR Nationalist Group) bombs Wall Street 
1983
Final TV episode of "M*A*S*H" airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US 
1984
26th Grammy Awards: Michael Jackson wins 8 Grammys 
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 NJ 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 & Al Barlick elected to baseball's Hall of Fame 
1990
Dutch police seize 3,000 kg of cocaine 
1990
US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) launches into orbit 
1991
"Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Carre, Amsterdam 
1991
"Speed of Darkness" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 36 performances 
1991
Don Mattingly named 10th NY Yankee Captain 
1991
Noureddine Morceli runs world record 1500m indoor (3:34:16) 
1991
US & allied forces grant Iraq a cease fire 
1991
United Nations troops move into Kuwait City and Saddam Hussein orders troops out of Kuwait; Iraqi soldiers ignite Kuwaiti oil fields during their retreat 
1993
"Anna Christie" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 54 performances 
1993
7th American Comedy Award: seinfeld wins 
1993
Gun battle erupts near Waco, Texas at Branch Davidian compound after FBI attempts a raid 
1993
Iolanda Chen triple jumps world indoor record hop step (14.46m) 
1994
Brady Law, imposing a wait-period to buy a hand-gun, went into effect 
1995
Denver International Airport opens 
1995
The US Pentagon announces that it monitored Iranian installation of surface-to-air Hawk missiles in the Strait of Hormuz 
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 
1997
The North Hollywood shootout takes place. 
1998
"View From the Bridge," closes at Criterion Theater NYC 
1998
Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points 
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. 
2001
The 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. 
2001
Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash. 
2001
15th Soul Train Music Awards: The Isley Brothers, Destiny's Child & Jay-Z win 
2001
The US Environmental Protection Agency announces that it intends to proceed with implementation of tighter restrictions on sulfur content in diesel fuel; the rule is opposed by many in the refining industry 
2004
Over 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 
2004
24th Golden Raspberry Awards: Gigli wins 
2005
Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigns amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut. 
2005
A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127. 
2005
19th Soul Train Music Awards: Ice Cube, Usher & Ciara win 
2007
Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft. 
2008
Former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra is arrested on corruption charges upon returning to Thailand after months of exile. 
2012
Occupy London protesters evicted from St Paul's Cathedral 
2012
Discovery of the largest prehistoric penguin, Kairuku grebneffi, at nearly 5ft tall 
2013
28 people are killed and 60 are injured after a series of bombings across Baghdad, Iraq 
2013
35 people are killed in violent demonstrations across Bangladesh 
2013
The brains of two rats have been successfully connected so that they share information 
2014
Russia moves troops into the Crimea to protect its interests against Ukraine 
2016
Russian mine disaster death toll hits 36 after explosion during failed rescue effort 
2016
Chris Rock: 'You're damn right Hollywood is racist' 
2016
Ohio pastor shot dead at church, and his brother has been arrested 
2016
Starbucks to finally open in Italy 
2017
Neil Fingleton, Mag the Mighty of 'Game of Thrones,' Dies at 36 
2017
SpaceX Plans to Send 2 Tourists Around Moon in 2018 
2017
Trump seeks 'historic' increase of 9 percent in military budget 
2017
Part of Rio Carnival float collapses, injuring 11 
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