What Happened on February 28

Significant 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 228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
  • 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
More Historical Events

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?

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

On February 28, 1844

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
More Weddings & Divorces