What happened on February 28 News and Events on This Day in History
Find Out What happened 28th February Major News Stories include Moorgate Underground Crash, M*A*S*H Final Episode shown, Waco, Texas Raid, Egypt Gains Independence From Britain, DNA Double Helix Discovered, Gulf War Ends, Mass Anti Syria Demonstrations in Lebanon, President Bush says the United States is not going into recession,
What happened This day in History on February 28th
1975England Moorgate Underground Crash
28th February, 1975 : A London underground train crashed into a brick wall at Moorgate during rush-hour killing the driver and at least 29 passengers in London's Financial district. Find More What happened in 1975
1983 U.S.A. M*A*S*H Final Episode
28th February, 1983 : The final episode of M*A*S*H, a series about the staff of an Army hospital during the Korean War entitled ( Goodbye, Farewell and Amen ) became the most-watched television episode in U.S. history, with viewer estimates at 106 million Americans.
1932 U.S.A. Ford Model A
28th February, 1932 : The Model a Ford was one of the Ford Motor Company’s first signature automobiles. This particular vehicle was produced for the last time on this day. Great Video about old Fords worth watching
1993 U.S.A. Waco, Texas
28th February, 1993 : A raid by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms ATF agents who were trying to serve warrants for illegal guns on the heavily armed compound of a religious cult 10 miles outside of Waco, Texas turns into a bloody gun battle, leaving at least four Federal agents and two cult members dead and at least 15 agents injured.
U.S. 1918 U.S.A. War Materials
28th February, 1918 : A new bill was introduced by Warren Gard, representative of District 3 in Ohio, which was intended to protect war materials. It was proposed that a $10,000 fine and up to 30 years imprisonment was the suggested sentence for the destruction of war materials. War materials that would be covered by this bill if/when passed include arms, ammunition, clothing, food supplies, and other items used by the military. “War premises” such as buildings, grounds, stations, and manufactures related to any military use would also be covered. This initiative was introduced during the last year of World War I. This was the approximate time of American involvement in this war.
Egypt 1922 Egypt Gains Independence From Britain
28th February, 1922 : After 40 years of British rule following Great Britain seizing control of Egypt's government in 1882 over concerns for British interests including the Suez Canal. Due to the calls by the powerfull local nationalist movement for independence for Egypt Great Britain announces a unilateral declaration of Egypt's independence.
U.S. 1926 U.S.A. New Homes
28th February, 1918 : A report on this day had revealed that about 2,000 new homes had been built in Abilene, Texas since the year 1920. Figures used to determine the number of new homes built were taken from records of building permits purchased within five and a half years prior to this date.
U.S. 1937 U.S.A. Dry Prohibition Laws
28th February, 1937 : On this day, it was reported that Dr. James R. Garber advocated repeal of current dry laws. Being a doctor, he had pushed for the re-legalization of the sale of alcohol because of the medicinal value that it had (still has in some cases). He also stressed concepts such as that of freedom of choice, and that of recognizing “the value of supervision and regulation” which perhaps can be taken a few different ways. One argument in today’s time would be that alcohol can be acceptable in moderation, when people drink responsibly.
U.S. 1954 U.S.A. DNA Double Helix Discovered
28th February, 1954 : American molecular biologists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discover the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule that contains the human genes, in a Cambridge University laboratory. ( different dates are given for the publication between April 25, 1953 and February 28th 1954 )
U.S. 1958 U.S.A. School Bus Crash
28th February, 1958 : A school bus plunges into the Big Sandy River in Kentucky drowning 24 children and the driver.
U.S. 1962 U.S.A. Judy La Marsh
28th February, 1962 : The government was criticized by Judy La Marsh for not taking enough of a stand against the lack of economic growth during this time period. A two-day debate took place during this week, starting with the motion that issues concerning the growth of the economy be addressed in the next election.
U.S. 1963 U.S.A. John F. Kennedy
28th February, 1963 : President John F. Kennedy asks congress for civil rights law giving voting rights safeguards against racial discrimination
U.S. 1968 U.S.A. More Troops Vietnam
28th February, 1968 : On this day, General Earl Wheeler had written President Lyndon B. Johnson requesting more troops in Saigon. This message was delivered to the President shortly after Wheeler had returned from his trip to Saigon.
U.S. 1972 U.S.A. School
28th February, 1972 : Dr. J.R. Myers, the district superintendent of Aiken County schools in South Carolina, had quite a bit to say on this day. He addressed issues concerning property tax as related to school financing. Myers used to be the superintendent of Lancaster schools.
Sweden 1986 Sweden Swedish Prime Minister Killed
28th February, 1986 : Olof Palme, the Swedish Prime Minister is shot dead and his wife Lisbeth wounded in a street ambush in central Stockholm.
U.S. 1987 U.S.A. Nuclear Weapons Treaty
28th February, 1987 : This was the day that a nuclear weapon treaty was proposed by Gorbachev. The purpose of signing this agreement was to eliminate both U.S. and Soviet nuclear weapons from Europe. This treaty signed is referred to as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty 1987.
Iraq 1991 Gulf War Gulf War Ends
28th February, 1991 : The gulf war is over following Iraq accepting all 12 resolutions made by the United Nations. The official death toll for the Gulf War is 50,000, Iraq soldiers, 148 American Soldiers and 16 British soldiers.
1994 Serbia Serbian Planes Shot Down
28th February, 1994 : Four Serbian planes were shot down by U.S. fighter planes acting as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to enforce U.N. resolutions enacted to bring about an end to the bloody conflict in the former Yugoslavia. The planes that went down were used in a bombing mission in an area where no flying was allowed.
U.S. 2001 U.S.A. Earthquake
28th February, 2001 : An earthquake in the Nisqually Valley near Olympia, Washington State reaches for many miles around. The 6.8 quake was one of the largest in the state’s history
UK 2001 England Selby Rail Crash
28th February, 2001 : A car veered off the M62 Motorway onto the railway line near Selby causing the Newcastle to London passenger train into a head on crash into a goods engine on the East Coast Main Line in North Yorkshire, with 10 dead and 60 injured in the crash.
Lebanon 2005 Lebanon Mass Anti Syria Demonstrations
28th February, 2005 : A series of mass demonstrations in Beirut against Syrian involvement in Lebanon causes the Lebanon pro Syria prime minister, Omar Karami to resign.
United States 2007 United States John McCain announces his candidacy for President on the David Letterman’s show
28th February, 2007 : Republican Senator John McCain announces his presidential nomination on the David Letterman show. McCain, who had been attending a presidential exploratory committee, made the declaration on the Late Show with David Letterman. 'We are going to formally announce it in early April,' an adviser to McCain said.
Thailand 2008 Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra
28th February, 2008 : The former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra returns to Thailand after a long period of exile and is arrested on corruption charges. He had been overthrown on 19 September 2006 by a military junta known as the Council for National Security (CNS) in a bloodless coup while he was attending a UN meeting in New York City.
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Kosova 2008 Kosova Germany is the first country to recognize Kosovo
28th February, 2008 : Germany has became the first country to recognize Kosovo, by making its diplomatic office in Prishtina into an embassy. The
inscription of it being the 'Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany' has appeared on the facade of the German diplomatic
mission in the Kosovan capital, and the Kosovan flag was raised together with the Germany's flag. The first German
ambassador to Kosovo is soon to be named.
United States 2008 United States President Bush says the United States is not going into recession
28th February, 2008 : President Bush has told people that the U.S. economy is not going into a recession, but following a 'slowdown.' He said that
the tax measures, which are due to start in May, were designed to get consumers shopping again.
United States 2008 United States All-time-high in the numbers of people in jail
28th February, 2008 : A new study of U.S. prisons has found that there is a all-time-high in the numbers of people in jail. The Pew Center report has
called the U.S. the global leader in the rate at which it imprisons its citizens, and over 2.3 million people were being held in
2008. This number is larger than other countries with large prison populations like China, Russia and Iran. The report has
called for fewer low-risk offenders being sent to jail.
Canada 2010 Canada The Winter Olympics closing ceremony
28th February, 2010 : The 2010 Winter Olympic Games' closing ceremony is being held at the B.C. Place,
Vancouver. Along with the opening
ceremony, this is the first time that an Olympic closing ceremony has been held
in an indoor venue. The B.C. Place has also
been hosting the nightly Victory Ceremonies presentations. It can accommodate
55,000 spectators. Located on the north side
of False Creek, the venue features state-of-the-art lighting, special effects
technology facilities, winter weather protection and
Europe 2010 Europe Servere storm "Xynthia" lashes Europe
28th February, 2010 : The Severe storm "Xynthia" lashes may parts of Europe including parts of Spain, Portugal and France, the death toll is still rising but 45 have been reported in France due to drownings,
Honduras 2011 Honduras Protesters March Against Violence
28th February, 2011 : Protesters in San Pedro Sula, Honduras marched
against increased criminal violence in the country. The protesters, all
dressed in white, numbered in the thousands. The demonstrators called
for an increase in public security as the number of murders increased
throughout the country to an average of fifteen killings a day.
United States 2012 United States Third Student Dies From Ohio Shooting
28th February, 2012 : A third student dies a day after a high school shooting takes place at Chardon High School in Ohio. Two other surviving victims remained in the hospital in various states of stability. TJ Lane admitted to shooting at the students and was being held in a detention center until charges were brought against him.
Iraq 2013 Iraq River Restaurant Sinks
28th February, 2013 : A restaurant boat used for private parties on the Tigris river sank in Baghdad, Iraq. Five people died and three others were missing.
Celebrating Birthday's TodayBugsy Siegel Born: Benjamin Siegel 28th February 1906, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York Died: 20th June 1947 ,Beverly Hills, California. Known For : Bugsy Siegel is best known as an American gangster from the prohibition era who was into protection, gambling and bootlegging and with those crimes also a murderer of other crime syndicates or innocent bystanders. He had ties to the Genovese mafia crime family throuugh Charles "Lucky" Luciano. In many ways he was also the man who opened up Las Vegas and took the first of the hotels "The Flamingo" under mafia control, It was under his control that "The Flamingo" was finished and opened, but at large cost overuns which in turn led to his assasination ( As they say if you live by the gun, you will die by the gun ) . Although "The Flamingo" has had major alterations, updates and rebuilding a memorial to Bugsy Siegel is still at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino located near the wedding chapel.