February 28th

2013
Pope Benedict XVI resigns. The pope whose birth name is Joseph Ratzinger was the first leader of the Catholic Church to resign since 1415.
Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI
2005
Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigned amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.
Rafic Hariri
1993
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.
Waco siege
1991
The first Gulf War ends. The armed conflict had lasted a little over half a year and claimed over 100,000 civilian casualties.
Gulf War
1986
Swedish prime minister Olof Palme is assassinated. Even though over 130 people have confessed to the murder, the case has never been solved.
Assassination of Olof Palme
1983
The final episode of M*A*S*H aired. It was the most watched television program in history.
Goodbye, Farewell and Amen
1975
A London underground train crashes into the end of the tunnel at Moorgate station. The Moorgate tube crash claimed 43 lives and was the deadliest accident in the London Underground in during peacetime.
Moorgate tube crash
1974
The United States and Egypt re-established diplomatic relations after a seven-year break.
History of United States diplomatic relations by country
1972
President Richard M. Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued the Shanghai Communique at the conclusion of Nixon's historic visit to China, a step toward the eventual normalization of relations between the two countries.
Richard Nixon
1960
The U.S. Olympic hockey team won the gold medal, defeating Czechoslovakia 9-4 at Squaw Valley, Calif.
Ice hockey at the 1960 Winter Olympics
1953
Scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announced they had discovered the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule that contains the human genes, at Cambridge University.
Francis Crick
1948
The last British troops left India.
Timeline of the British Army
1947
228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
February 28 Incident
1940
College basketball was televised for the first time as station W2XBS aired the Pittsburgh-Fordham and Georgetown-NYU games from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Men's college basketball on television
1935
Nylon is invented. Wallace Carothers first produced the polymer at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware, United States.
Nylon
1916
Henry James, American novelist and critic, died.
Henry James
1915
WWI: After the French try to drive the Germans forces back into the Champagne region, they gain a few hundred yards - at the cost of 50,000 casualties.
Western Front (World War I)
1861
The Territory of Colorado was organized.
Colorado Territory
1854
About 50 slavery opponents met in Ripon, Wis., to call for creation of a new political group that became the Republican Party.
Ripon, Wisconsin
1849
The steamship California landed in San Francisco, bringing the first East Coasters to the Gold Rush.
SS California (1848)
1827
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co. was incorporated.
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
1784
John Wesley issues “Deed of Declaration” formally establishing the Methodist Church.
John Wesley
1710
In the Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock.
Battle of Helsingborg