On This Day

On This Day in History for February 28 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1973 Suriname government of Sedney arrests 13 union leaders
  • 1973 Iraq and Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) reach an agreement on compensation for nationalization
  • 1974 Ethiopian government of Makonnen forms
  • 1974 UK general election results in a hung parliament
  • 1974 Taiwan police shoots into crowd
  • 1974 US & Egypt re-form diplomatic relations after 7 years
  • 1975 EG signs accord of Lome with 46 developing countries
  • 1975 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1975 A major London tube train crash at Moorgate station kills 43 people and injures a further 74.
  • 1976 Spain withdraws from Western Sahara, leaving Ceuta & Melilla (Spanish Morocco) as the last European possessions in Africa
  • 1977 1st killer whale born in captivity (Marineland, Los Angeles California)
  • 1977 Dock strike in Rotterdam/Amsterdam ends
  • 1979 Ernest Thompson's "On Golden Pond" premieres in NYC
  • 1980 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1981 People's Republic of China throws out the Netherlands ambassador due to Dutch sales of submarines to Taiwan
  • 1982 AT&T looses a record $7 BILLION for the fiscal year ending on this day

  • 1982 FALN (PR Nationalist Group) bombs Wall Street
  • 1986 European Economic Community signs "Special Act" for Europe free trade
  • 1988 Anti-Armenian pogrom in Azerbaijan, 30 killed
  • 1989 Memo by Brian Gumbel criticizing Today Show co-workers becomes public
  • 1990 Dutch police seize 3,000 kg of cocaine
  • 1990 US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) launches into orbit
  • 1991 Gulf War ends after Iraq accepts a ceasefire following their retreat from Kuwait
  • 1991 Noureddine Morceli runs world record 1500m indoor (3:34:16)
  • 1993 Gun battle erupts near Waco, Texas at Branch Davidian compound after FBI attempts a raid
  • 1994 Brady Law, imposing a wait-period to buy a hand gun in the USA, comes into effect
  • 1995 Denver International Airport opens
  • 1995 The US Pentagon announces that it monitored Iranian installation of surface-to-air Hawk missiles in the Strait of Hormuz
  • 1997 Earthquake in Pakistan kills 45
  • 1997 FBI agent Earl Pitts pleads guilty to selling secrets to Russia
  • 1997 Purchasers of cigarettes in US must prove they are over 18
  • 1998 First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.
  • 1998 Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
  • 2001 The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.
  • 2001 Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2012 Occupy London protesters evicted from St Paul's Cathedral
  • 2012 Discovery of the largest prehistoric penguin, Kairuku grebneffi, at nearly 5ft tall
  • 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 Explosion at Severnaya coal mine in Vorkuta, Russia kills 36, including 5 rescuers
  • 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

Conference meetingSummit of Interest

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

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-un
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-un
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 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

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