On This Day

What Happened on February 28, 1844

Historical Events

  • 12-inch gun aboard USS Princeton explodes, killing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer, and other high-ranking U.S. federal officials
  • 6th Grand National: John Crickmere wins aboard 5/1 co-favourite Discount

Famous Deaths

  • Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of State, dies in explosion on USS Princeton
  • Thommas W. Gilmer, Navy Secretary, dies in explosion on USS Princeton
1844 Highlights

About February 28, 1844

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 176 years, 9 months and 2 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Pisces