Today in History, English
Today in History, English

22531February 28Event1928 – C. V. Raman discovers Raman scattering.
22532February 28Event1933 – Gleichschaltung: The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.
22533February 28Event1935 – DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
22534February 28Event1939 – The erroneous word "dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
22535February 28Event1940 – Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).
22536February 28Event1942 – The heavy cruiser USS Houston is sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait with 693 crew members killed, along with HMAS Perth which lost 375 men.
22537February 28Event1947 – February 28 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of an estimated 30,000 civilians.
22538February 28Event1948 – Christiansborg Cross-Roads shooting in the Gold Coast, when a British police officer opens fire on a march of ex-servicemen, killing three of them and sparking major riots in Accra.
22539February 28Event1953 – James Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April's Nature (pub. April 2).
22540February 28Event1954 – The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
22541February 28Event1958 – 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 one of the worst school bus accidents in U.S. history.
22542February 28Event1959 – Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object intended to achieve a polar orbit, is launched. It failed to achieve orbit.
22543February 28Event1972 – Sino-American relations: The United States and People's Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué.
22544February 28Event1975 – In London an underground train fails to stop at Moorgate terminus station and crashes into the end of the tunnel, killing 43 people.
22545February 28Event1980 – Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
22546February 28Event1983 – The final episode of M*A*S*H airs, with almost 106 million viewers. It still holds the record for the highest viewership of a season finale.
22547February 28Event1985 – The Provisional Irish Republican Army carries out a 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.
22548February 28Event1986 – Olof Palme, prime minister of Sweden, is assassinated in Stockholm.
22549February 28Event1991 – The first Gulf War ends.
22550February 28Event1993 – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group's leader David Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.
22551February 28Event1995 – Former Australian Liberal party leader John Hewson resigns from the Australian parliament almost two years after losing the Australian federal election, 1993.
22552February 28Event1997 – An earthquake in northern Iran is responsible for about 3,000 deaths.
22553February 28Event1997 – The North Hollywood shootout takes place, resulting in the injury of 19 people and the deaths of both perpetrators.
22554February 28Event1997 – 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.
22555February 28Event1998 – 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.
22556February 28Event1998 – Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
22557February 28Event2001 – The Nisqually earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.
22558February 28Event2001 – Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
22559February 28Event2002 – During the religious violence in Gujarat, the 97 people killed in the Naroda Patiya massacre and 69 in Gulbarg Society massacre.
22560February 28Event2004 – Over one million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (310 mi) long human chain to commemorate the February 28 Incident in 1947

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