On this day.... February 28

FEBRUARY 28TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL RARE DISEASE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL FLORAL DESIGN DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • BUGSY SIEGEL (1906-1947)
  • ZERO MOSTEL (1915-1977)
  • CHARLES DURNING (1923-2012)
  • GAVIN MACLEOD (1931, 87)
  • TOMMY TUNE (1939, 79)
  • MARIO ANDRETTI (1940, 78)
  • BERNADETTE PETERS (1948, 70)
  • MERCEDES RUEHL (1948, 70)
  • PAUL KRUGMAN (1953, 65)
  • GILBERT GOTTFRIED (1955, 63)
  • ERIC LINDROS (1973, 45)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1646, ROGER SCOTT IS PUT ON TRIAL FOR FALLING ASLEEP IN CHURCH
  • IN 1749, HENRY FIELDING PUBLISHES “TOM JONES”
  • IN 1759, POPE CLEMENT XIII AUTHORIZES THE TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE INTO OTHER LANGUAGES
  • IN 1784, JOHN WESLEY CHARTERS THE FIRST METHODIST CHURCH
  • IN 1787, THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH OPENS
  • IN 1844, THE BRAND NEW USS PRINCETON FIRES ITS GUNS FOR THE FIRST TIME AND ONE EXPLODES KILLING THE SECRETARIES OF STATE AND NAVY AND FOUR OTHERS. PRESIDENT TYLER WOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED AS WELL BUT WAS LATE FOR THE CEREMONY BECAUSE HE STOPPED FOR DRINKS ON THE WAY TO THE CEREMONY
  • IN 1849, THE FIRST BOAT FILLED WITH GOLD RUSH PROSPECTORS FROM THE EAST COAST ARRIVES IN SAN FRANCISCO
  • IN 1854, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OFFICIALLY ORGANIZES IN WISCONSIN
  • IN 1861, CONGRESS ESTABLISHES THE COLORADO TERRITORY
  • IN 1882, THE HARVARD COOP, THE FIRST COLLEGE COOPERATIVE OPENS IN CAMBRIDGE
  • IN 1883, THE FIRST VAUDVILLE THEATRE OPENS IN BOSTON, MASS
  • IN 1925, MARION HARRIS GOES TO #1 ON THE CHART WITH “TEA FOR TWO”
  • IN 1933, SECRETARY OF LABOR FRANCES PERKINS BECOMES THE FIRST WOMAN TO SERVE IN A PRESIDENTIAL CABINET
  • IN 1933, ADOLF HITLER BANS THE GERMAN COMMUNIST PARTY (KPD) WHILE PRESIDENT PAUL VON HINDENBURG ABOLISHES FREE SPEECH AND OPINION
  • IN 1940, PITTSBURGH BEATS FORDHAM IN THE FIRST TELEVISED BASKETBALL GAME
  • IN 1943, “PORGY AND BESS” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1960, THE US HOCKEY TEAM WINS GOLD OVER CANADA IN THE OLYMPICS
  • IN 1961, PRESIDENT KENNEDY SELECTS HENRY KISSINGER AS A “SPECIAL ADVISOR”
  • IN 1970, SIMON & GARFUNKEL BEGINS A SIX WEEK RUN AT #1 WITH “BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER”
  • IN 1972, PRESIDENT NIXON RETURNS FROM CHINA
  • IN 1974, “MONTEGO BAY” SINGLER BOBBY BLOOM KILLS HIMSELF VIA GUNSHOT TO THE HEAD
  • IN 1977, DURING A CONCERT A MAN RUSHES THE STAGE AND ATTEMPTS TO STRANGLE RAY CHARLES. NO CHARGES ARE FILED.
  • IN 1978, BASKETBALL PLAYER CLIFFORD RAY SAVES THE LIFE OF A DOLPHIN AT MARINE WORLD IN CALIFORNIA BY REACHING DOWN ITS THROAT THE RETRIEVE A SCREW
  • IN 1982, AT&T REPORTS A LOSS OF $7 BILLION, AT THE TIME THE LARGEST LOSS IN A FISCAL YEAR
  • IN 1983, 125 MILLION PEOPLE WATCH THE FINAL EPISODE OF “M*A*S*H”
  • IN 1983, US RELEASES “WAR”
  • IN 1984, MICHAEL JACKSON WINS 8 GRAMMY AWARDS FOR “THRILLER”
  • IN 1986, WHAM! ANNOUNCES THAT THEY WILL SPLIT UP AT THE END OF THEIR TOUR
  • IN 1991, DIFF’RENT STROKES ACTRESS DANA PLATO IS ARRESTED FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR ROBBING $164 FROM A VIDEO STORE WITH A PELLET GUN
  • IN 1993, FOUR FEDERAL AGENTS AND TWO MEMBERS OF THE BRANCH DIVIDIAN CULT ARE KILLED IN A SHOOTOUT IN WACO TEXAS PRESAGING THE BATTLE WHICH WOULD END THE CULT IN APRIL
  • IN 1993, TONY CURTIS MARRIES HIS 4TH WIFE LISA AT 68 FOR LESS THAN A YEAR
  • IN 1994, THE BRADY BILL BECOMES LAW IMPOSING A WAITING PERIOD TO BUY A GUN
  • IN 1997 THE US REQUIRES ANYONE PURCHASING CIGARETTES TO PROVE THEIR OVER 18
  • IN 1997, DEATH ROW RECORDS PRES. SUGE KNIGHT IS SENTENCED TO 9 YEARS IN JAIL
  • IN 1998, PAMELA ANDERSON DIVORCES TOMMY LEE AFTER THREE YEARS OF MARRIAGE
  • IN 2008, BOY GEORGE PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO CHAINING A MALE ESCORT TO A WAR AND IMPRISONING HIM WITHOUT CONSENT
  • IN 2010, THE 21ST WINTER GAMES CLOSE IN VANCOUVER
  • IN 2011, LEGENDARY ACTRESS JANE RUSSELL DIES AT 90

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