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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for February 28th

  • Year 628 » Khosrau II is executed by Mihr Hormozd under the orders of Kavadh II.
  • Year 870 » The Fourth Council of Constantinople (Roman Catholic) named Fourth Council of Constantinople closes.
  • Year 1246 » The Siege of Jaén (1245–46) named Siege of Jaén ends in the context of the Spanish Reconquista resulting in the Castilian takeover of the city from the Taifa of Jaen.
  • Year 1638 » The Scottish National Covenant is signed in Edinburgh.
  • Year 1700 » Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.
  • Year 1710 » In the Battle of Helsingborg (1710) named Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock. This is the last time Swedish and Danish troops meet on Swedish s
  • Year 1784 » John Wesley charters the Methodism known as Methodist Church.
  • Year 1811 » 'Cry of Asencio', beginning of the Uruguayan War of Independence
  • Year 1827 » The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
  • Year 1838 » Robert Nelson (insurrectionist) or Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec)
  • Year 1844 » A gun on USS Princeton 1843 6 explodes while the boat is on a Potomac River cruise, killing eight people, including two United States Cabinet members.
  • Year 1849 » Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California 1848 6 in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor.
  • Year 1867 » Seventy years of Holy See-United States relations are ended by a United States Congress Congressional ban on federal funding of diplomacy diplomatic Diplomatic rank Multilateral diplomacy envoys to the Vatican and are not restored until January 10, 1984.
  • Year 1870 » The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Year 1874 » One of the longest cases ever heard in an English court ends when the defendant is convicted of perjury for Tichborne case e.g attempting to assume the identity of the heir to the Tichborne baronets or Tichborne baronetcy.
  • Year 1883 » The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston
  • Year 1885 » The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone. (American Bell would later merge with its subsidiary.)
  • Year 1893 » The USS Indiana BB-1 6, the lead ship of Indiana-class battleship her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched.
  • Year 1897 » Ranavalona III of Madagascar e.g Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force.
  • Year 1900 » The Second Boer War: The 118-day "Siege of Ladysmith" is lifted.
  • Year 1914 » The Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus is proclaimed in Gjirokastër, by the Greeks living in southern Albania.
  • Year 1922 » The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Egyptian Independence known as Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
  • Year 1925 » The 1925 Charlevoix–Kamouraska earthquake known as Charlevoix-Kamouraska earthquake strikes northeastern North America.
  • Year 1928 » C.V. Raman discovers the Raman effect.
  • Year 1933 » 'Gleichschaltung': The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.
  • Year 1935 » DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
  • Year 1942 » The heavy cruiser USS Houston CA-30 6 is sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait with 693 crew members killed, along with HMAS Perth D29 6 which lost 375 men.
  • Year 1947 » 228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of an estimated 30,000 civilians.
  • Year 1954 » The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
  • Year 1958 » A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains Prestonsburg, Kentucky bus disaster or one of the worst school bus accidents
  • Year 1959 » 'Discoverer 1', an American spy satellite that is the first object intended to achieve a polar orbit, is launched. It failed to achieve orbit.
  • Year 1975 » In London an underground train Moorgate tube crash called fails to stop at Moorgate terminus station and crashes into the end of the tunnel, killing 43 people.
  • Year 1980 » Andalusia approves its Autonomous communities of Spain e.g statute of autonomy through a referendum.
  • Year 1985 » The Provisional Irish Republican Army carries out a 1985 Newry mortar attack called mortar attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary police station at Newry, killing nine officers in the highest loss of life for the RUC on a single day.
  • Year 1986 » Olof Palme, prime minister of Sweden, is Assassination of Olof Palme or assassinated in Stockholm.
  • Year 1991 » The first Gulf War ends.
  • Year 1995 » Former Australian Liberal party leader John Hewson resigns from the Australian parliament almost two years after losing the Australian federal election, 1993.
  • Year 1997 » 1997 military memorandum (Turkey) e.g Military Coup in Turkey
  • Year 1997 » GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way.
  • Year 1997 » The North Hollywood shootout takes place, resulting in the injury of 19 people and the deaths of both perpetrators.
  • Year 1997 » An 1997 Ardabil earthquake or earthquake in northern Iran is responsible for about 3,000 deaths.
  • Year 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.
  • Year 1998 » Kosovo War: Serbia and Montenegro e.g Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
  • Year 2001 » Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
  • Year 2001 » The 2001 Nisqually earthquake Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, Washington Tacoma, and Olympia, Washington Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington (state) Washington.
  • Year 2002 » During the 2002 Gujarat riots named religious violence in Gujarat, the 97 people killed in the Naroda Patiya massacre and 69 in Gulbarg Society massacre.
  • Year 2004 » Over one million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a convert 500 km mi adj=on long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947
  • Year 2005 » A 2005 Al Hillah bombing e.g suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.
  • Year 2013 » Pope Benedict XVI Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI e.g resigns as the pope of the Catholic Church becoming the first pope to do so since 1415.

World History for the Month of February