On This Day

Historical Events on February 28 (Part 2)

  • 2001 Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash

Soul Train Music Awards

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.

Music Single

2005 Stereophonics release their single "Dakota", later their first #1 UK single

  • 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.
  • 2010 XXI Winter Olympic Games close in Vancouver, Canada
  • 2012 Occupy London protesters evicted from St Paul's Cathedral
  • 2012 Discovery of the largest prehistoric penguin, Kairuku grebneffi, at nearly 5ft tall
  • 2012 54th Daytona 500: Rain affected race stopped for 2 hours because of fuel on track; Matt Kenseth leads for final 34 laps to win
  • 2013 35 people are killed in violent demonstrations across Bangladesh
  • 2013 28 people are killed and 60 are injured after a series of bombings across Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2013 The brains of two rats successfully connected so that they share information
  • 2014 Russia moves troops into the Crimea to protect its interests against Ukraine
  • 2016 36th Razzies Awards: "Fifty Shades of Grey" wins worst film, worst actor and actress
  • 2016 Explosion at Severnaya coal mine in Vorkuta, Russia kills 36, including 5 rescuers

Academy Awards

2016 88th Academy Awards: Best Picture "Spotlight", Best Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Best Actor/Actress Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson

  • 2018 700 illegal churches closed in Rwanda for being too noisy and lacking building permits
  • 2019 Lost Caravaggio painting "Judith and Holofernes" (1607) announced rediscovered in a Toulouse attic in 2014 to be auctioned worth $171 million

Summit of Interest

2019 Summit between North Korea's Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump collapses without agreement

Film & TV History

2019 YouTube announces it will stops all comments on videos featuring children because of paedophiles leaving inappropriate comments

  • 2020 Court of Arbitration for Sport bans Chinese triple Olympic gold medallist Sun Yang from swimming for 8 years for breaking anti-doping rules
  • 2021 Myanmar security forces open fire on protests around the country, killing at least 18, in bloodiest day since the military coup [1]
  • 2021 Hong Kong charges 47 with "conspiracy to commit subversion" in harshest implementation of its new security laws imposed by China

Golden Globes

2021 78th Golden Globes: Best film "Nomadland" (drama), "Borat" (comedy), Best TV series "The Crown", Chadwick Boseman posthumously wins film Best Actor