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This was 59th day of the year and 306 days remained in the year.

February 28 Birthdays

Linus Pauling
1901–1994, American Chemist.

Michel de Montaigne
essayist (1533)

Rene Antoine Ferchault de Reaumur
physicist and naturalist (1683)

Mary Lyon
educator (1797)

Ben Hecht
writer (1894)

Bugsy Siegel
mobster (1906)

Zero Mostel
actor (1915)

Mario Andretti
auto racing driver (1940)

February 28 in History


John Wesley issues “Deed of Declaration” formally establishing the Methodist Church.


The steamship California landed in San Francisco, bringing the first East Coasters to the Gold Rush.


Henry James, American novelist and critic, died.


The last British troops left India.


James Watson and Francis Crick described their theory that two DNA strands were coiled in a double helix.


The final episode of M*A*S*H aired. It was the most watched television program in history.


Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot to death in central Stockholm.


Four federal agents were killed in Waco, Texas, after they tried to serve an arrest warrant for weapons charges on Branch Davidian sect leader David Koresh, starting a 51-day standoff.

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