What Happened on February 28th

Historical Events

  • 202 BC Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty's rule over China
  • 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.
  • 1854 Republican Party formally organized at Ripon, Wisc
  • 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
  • 1947 228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
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Did You Know?

The erroneous word "Dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.

On February 28, 1939

Famous Weddings

  • 1496 Joanna of Aragon marries King Ferdinand II
  • 1922 English princess Mary marries Viscount Lascelles at Westminster Abbey
  • 1993 Tony Curtis weds Lisa Deutsch as his 4th wife

Famous Divorces

  • 1952 Actress Gene Tierney (31) divorces fashion designer Oleg Cassini (39) after almost 11 years of marriage
  • 1998 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (31) divorces Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (35) after 3 years of marriage
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