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1975 - England Moorgate Underground Crash
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 - M*A*S*H Final Episode
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
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.

28 Feb, 1993 - U.S.A. Waco, Texas
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.

1918 - U.S.A. War Materials
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.

1922 - Egypt Gains Independence From Britain
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 powerful local nationalist movement for independence for Egypt Great Britain announces a unilateral declaration of Egypt's independence.

1926 - U.S.A. New Homes
1926 : 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.

1937 - U.S.A. Dry Prohibition Laws
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.

1954 - U.S.A. DNA Double Helix Discovered
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 )

28 Feb, 1958 - U.S.A. School Bus Crash
1958 : A school bus plunges into the Big Sandy River in Kentucky drowning 24 children and the driver.

1962 - U.S.A. Judy La Marsh
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.

1963 - U.S.A. John F. Kennedy
1963 : President John F. Kennedy asks congress for civil rights law giving voting rights safeguards against racial discrimination.

1968 - U.S.A. More Troops Vietnam
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.

1972 - U.S.A. School
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.

1986 - Swedish Prime Minister Killed
1986 : Olof Palme, the Swedish Prime Minister is shot dead and his wife Lisbeth wounded in a street ambush in central Stockholm.

28 Feb, 1987 - U.S.A. Nuclear Weapons Treaty
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

1991 - Gulf War Ends
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 - Serbian Planes Shot Down
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.

2001 - U.S.A. Earthquake
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.

2001 - England Selby Rail Crash
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.

2005 - Lebanon Mass Anti Syria Demonstrations
2005 : A series of mass demonstrations in Beirut against Syrian involvement in Lebanon causes the Lebanon pro Syria prime minister, Omar Karami to resign.

2007 - John McCain Announces Candidacy for President on the David Letterman’s show
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.

2008 - Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra
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.

2008 - Germany is the first country to recognize Kosovo
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.

2008 - President Bush says United States is not going into Recession
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.

2010 - Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony
2010 : 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.

2010 - Severe Storm "Xynthia" lashes Europe
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.

2011 - Protesters March Against Violence
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.

2012 - Third Student Dies From Ohio Shooting
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.

2013 - Iraq River Restaurant Sinks
2013 : A restaurant boat used for private parties on the Tigris river sank in Baghdad, Iraq. Five people died and three others were missing.

2014 - Ukraine Accuses Russia of Invasion
2014 : Ukrainian authorities have accused Russia of deploying troops and occupying government buildings in the region of Crimea. Russia was accused of sending armed troops to the Sevastopol airport and attempting to provoke Ukraine into armed conflict. This was just the first of many controversial moves made by Russia during the Ukraine government crisis.

Born This Day In History 28th February

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Bugsy Siegel
Born: Benjamin Siegel 28th February 1906, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York
Died: June 20th 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.