On This Day

What Happened on February 28

Important 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 in Ripon, Wisconsin
  • 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 February 28 Massacre: Anti-government uprising in Taiwan is violently put down by Chiang Kai-shek and his Kuomintang-led Republic of China government with the loss of 18,000-28,000 lives. Marks the beginning of the White Terror.
  • 1953 Francis Crick and James Watson discover the chemical structure of DNA-molecule (double-helix polymer)
  • 1991 Gulf War ends after Iraq accepts a ceasefire following their retreat from Kuwait
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Feb 28 in Film & TV

  • 1983 Final TV episode of "M*A*S*H", a 2-hour special directed by series star Alan Alda titled "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen", airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US

Feb 28 in Music

Feb 28 in Sport

  • 1971 PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National East: Jack Nicklaus leads wire-to-wire for his 2nd career grand slam; wins by 2 from Billy Casper

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

Would You Believe?

The brains of two rats successfully connected so that they share information

On February 28, 2013

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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