February 28 holidays in 2018

Holiday nameHoliday locationHoliday type
228 Memorial Day
Taiwan National Holiday
Linus Pauling Day
United states (Oregon) Local Observance
Day of Andalucía
Spain (Andalusia) Local Holiday
Ta'anit Esther (Fast of Esther)
Israel Observance, Hebrew
Rare Disease Day
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Historical Events on February 28

  • 1838: Robert Nelson declares the independence of what would eventually become Quebec.
  • 1844: Six people are killed – including two U.S Cabinet members – when a gun on the USS Princeton explodes while it’s on the Potomac River.
  • 1847: The U.S wins the Battle of the Sacramento River during the Mexican American War. This war would set the stage for the eventual capture of Chihuahua.
  • 1885: The American Telephone & Telegraph Company becomes a subsidiary of American Bell Telephone.
  • 1893: The first U.S battleship – the USS Indiana – is launched on this day.
  • 1940: The first televised game of basketball occurs on this day. The game is between the University of Pittsburgh and Fordham University at Madison Square Garden.
  • 1942: The USS Houston sinks during the Battle of Sunda Strait. Almost 700 crew members are killed.
  • 1953: Francis Crick and James Watson announce that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA.
  • 1954: The first color TV sets that use the NTSC standard are offered to the general public for sale.
  • 1983: Almost 106 million viewers watch the final episode of M.A.S.H.
  • 1991: The Gulf War ends on this day.
  • 1993: The Branch Davidian Church in Waco, Texas is raided by the ATF. 4 ATF agents and 5 Branch Davidians will die during the raid. This is the beginning of a fifty-one day standoff.

Famous Birthdays on February 28

  • American physician and Nobel Prize laureate, Philip Showalter Hench is born in 1896.
  • American chemist and Nobel Prize laureate, Linus Pauling is born in 1901.
  • American gangster Bugsy Siegel is born in 1906.
  • American actress Billie Bird is born in 1908.
  • Brazilian-English biologist and Nobel Prize laureate, Peter Medawar is born in 1915.
  • American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate, Leon Cooper is born in 1930.
  • American actor Gavin MacLeod is born in 1931.
  • American physicist and Nobel Prize laureate, Steven Chu is born in 1948.
  • American actress Bernadette Peters is born in 1948.
  • American economist and Nobel Prize laureate, Paul Krugman is born in 1953.

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