February 28th Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

202 BC Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty’s rule over China

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

1854 Republican Party formally organized in Ripon, Wisconsin

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

1947 February 28 Massacre: Anti-government uprising in Taiwan is violently put down by Chiang Kai-shek and his Kuomintang-led Republic of China government with the loss of 18,000-28,000 lives. Marks the beginning of the White Terror.

1953 Francis Crick and James Watson discover the chemical structure of DNA-molecule (double-helix polymer) using studies of x-ray diffraction developed by Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins

1991 Gulf War ends after Iraq accepts a ceasefire following their retreat from Kuwait

Today’s Historical Events

202 BC Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty’s rule over China

364 Valentinian I becomes Roman Emperor (rules till 375)

870 8th Ecumenical council ends in Constantinople

1570 Anti-Portuguese uprising on Ternate, Moluccas

1638 Scottish Presbyterians sign National Convent, Greyfriars, Edinburgh

1646 Roger Scott tried in Massachusetts for sleeping in church

1653 -Mar 3] 3 Day Sea battle English beat Dutch

1667 English colony Suriname comes under Dutch controls

Today’s Historical Events in Flim and TV

1940 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)

1951 8th Golden Globes: “Sunset Boulevard”, Jose Ferrer, & Gloria Swanson win

1957 14th Golden Globes: The King and I, Kirk Douglas, & Ingrid Bergman win

1966 23rd Golden Globes: “Doctor Zhivago“, Omar Sharif, & Samantha Eggar win

1970 KIIN (now KUN) TV channel 12 in Iowa City, IA (PBS) 1st broadcast

1970 WUTR TV channel 20 in Utica-Rome, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting

1971 WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, Kentucky (IND) begins broadcasting

1983 Final TV episode of “M*A*S*H”, a 2-hour special directed by series star Alan Alda titled “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen”, airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1728 George Frideric Handel‘s opera “Siroe, re di Persia” premieres in London

1819 1st public performance of a Franz Schubert‘s song “Schäfers Klageleid”

1862 Charles Gounod’s opera “La Reine de Saba” premieres in Paris

1888 Vincent d’Indy’s Wallenstein-trilogy, premieres

1904 Vincent d’Indy’s 2nd Symphony in B, premieres

1920 Maurice Ravel‘s orchestral suite “Le tombeau de Couperin” premieres in Paris

1925 “Tea For Two” by Marion Harris hits #1

1950 “Alive & Kicking” closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 46 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1844 6th Grand National: John Crickmere wins aboard 5/1 co-favourite Discount

1849 11th Grand National: Tom Cunningham wins aboard 20/1 Peter Simple; 2nd consecutive year there are 3 equine fatalities during the race

1903 Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buy Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000

1904 Football club Sport Lisboa (Benfica) founded in Lisbon, Portugal

1906 Stanley Cup: Ottawa HC beats Queen’s University (Kingston, ON), 12-7 for a 2-0 sweep of challenge series

1912 Australian batting great Victor Trumper scores 50 in his final Test innings in 5th Test loss v England at Sydney Cricket Ground

1925 Longest win streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (9 games)

1929 Chic Black Hawks lose record NHL 15th straight game at home