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Wednesday 28 February 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Día de Andalucía (Andalusia, Spain)
  • National Science Day in India
  • World Tailors Day (international)

Events

  • 2013 – Pope Benedict XVI resigns as the pope of the Catholic Church, becoming the first pope to do so since 1415.
  • 1998 – 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.
  • 1997 – 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.
  • 1993 – The 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 ATF agents and six Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.
  • 1991 – The first Gulf War ends.
  • 1972 – Sino-American relations: The United States and People's Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué.
  • 1959 – Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object intended to achieve a polar orbit, is launched but fails to achieve orbit.
  • 1958 – 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.
  • 1954 – The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
  • 1953 – 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.
  • 1942 – 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.
  • 1940 – Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).
  • 1939 – The erroneous word "dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
  • 1904 – S.L. Benfica is founded in Portugal
  • 1893 – The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched.
  • 1885 – The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone. (American Bell would later merge with its subsidiary.)
  • 1867 – Seventy years of Holy See–United States relations are ended by a Congressional ban on federal funding of diplomatic envoys to the Vatican and are not restored until January 10, 1984.
  • 1849 – Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, four months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor.
  • 1847 – The Battle of the Sacramento River during the Mexican–American War is a decisive victory for the United States leading to the capture of Chihuahua.
  • 1844 – A gun on USS Princeton explodes while the boat is on a Potomac River cruise, killing six people, including two United States Cabinet members.
  • 1827 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
  • 1784 – John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.

Births

  • 1989 – Carlos Dunlap, American football player
  • 1989 – Charles Jenkins, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Travis Stevens, American judoka
  • 1984 – Noureen DeWulf, American actress
  • 1981 – Brian Bannister, American baseball player and scout
  • 1980 – Tayshaun Prince, American basketball player
  • 1978 – Jamaal Tinsley, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Jason Aldean, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1977 – Lance Hoyt, American football player and wrestler
  • 1976 – Ali Larter, American actress
  • 1975 – Mike Rucker, American football player
  • 1970 – Daniel Handler, American journalist, author, and accordion player
  • 1969 – Butch Leitzinger, American race car driver
  • 1969 – Patrick Monahan, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1969 – Robert Sean Leonard, American actor
  • 1966 – Vincent Askew, American basketball player and coach
  • 1965 – Colum McCann, Irish-American author and academic
  • 1965 – Norman Smiley, English-American wrestler and trainer
  • 1961 – Rae Dawn Chong, Canadian-American actress
  • 1959 – Megan McDonald, American librarian and author
  • 1958 – Jack Abramoff, American businessman and lobbyist
  • 1957 – Cindy Wilson, American singer-songwriter
  • 1957 – John Turturro, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1957 – Paul Delph, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (d. 1996)
  • 1955 – Adrian Dantley, American basketball player and coach
  • 1955 – Gilbert Gottfried, American comedian, actor, and singer
  • 1954 – Brian Billick, American football player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1953 – Paul Krugman, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1953 – Ricky Steamboat, American wrestler, referee, and trainer
  • 1951 – Bill Cratty, American dancer and choreographer (d. 1998)
  • 1951 – Debora Green, American physician convicted of murder
  • 1948 – Bernadette Peters, American actress, singer, and author
  • 1948 – Mercedes Ruehl, American actress
  • 1948 – Steven Chu, American physicist and politician, 12th United States Secretary of Energy, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1945 – Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (d. 2011)
  • 1945 – Linda Preiss Rothschild, American mathematician and academic
  • 1945 – Mimsy Farmer, American-French actress and sculptor
  • 1944 – Kelly Bishop, American actress and dancer
  • 1943 – Barbara Acklin, American singer-songwriter (d. 1998)
  • 1943 – Donnie Iris, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1940 – Aldo Andretti, Italian-American race car driver
  • 1940 – Joe South, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer (d. 2012)
  • 1940 – Mario Andretti, Italian-American race car driver
  • 1939 – Daniel C. Tsui, Chinese-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1939 – John Fahey, American guitarist (d. 2001)
  • 1939 – Tommy Tune, American actor, singer, dancer, and director
  • 1938 – Foge Fazio, American football player and coach (d. 2009)
  • 1937 – Jeff Farrell, American swimmer
  • 1934 – Willie Bobo, American Latin Jazz/Afro-Cuban jazz percussionist (d. 1983)
  • 1931 – Dean Smith, American basketball player and coach (d. 2015)
  • 1931 – Gavin MacLeod, American actor
  • 1930 – Leon Cooper, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1929 – Frank Gehry, Canadian-American architect, designed 8 Spruce Street and Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • 1929 – Hayden Fry, American football player and coach
  • 1929 – John Montague, American-Irish poet and academic (d. 2016)
  • 1929 – Rangaswamy Srinivasan, Indian-American physical chemist and inventor
  • 1928 – Tom Aldredge, American actor (d. 2011)
  • 1926 – Svetlana Alliluyeva, Russian-American author and educator (d. 2011)
  • 1924 – Robert A. Roe, American soldier and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – Charles Durning, American soldier and actor (d. 2012)
  • 1919 – Alfred Marshall, American businessman, founded Marshalls (d. 2013)
  • 1915 – Ketti Frings, American author, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1981)
  • 1915 – Zero Mostel, American actor and comedian (d. 1977)
  • 1908 – Billie Bird, American actress (d. 2002)
  • 1907 – Milton Caniff, American cartoonist (d. 1988)
  • 1906 – Bugsy Siegel, American gangster (d. 1947)
  • 1903 – Vincente Minnelli, American director and screenwriter (d. 1986)
  • 1901 – Linus Pauling, American chemist and activist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1994)
  • 1900 – Wolf Hirth, German pilot and engineer, co-founded Schempp-Hirth (d. 1959)
  • 1896 – Philip Showalter Hench, American physician and endocrinologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)
  • 1894 – Ben Hecht, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1964)
  • 1887 – William Zorach, Lithuanian-American sculptor and painter (d. 1966)
  • 1882 – Geraldine Farrar, American soprano and actress (d. 1967)
  • 1851 – Samuel W. McCall, American journalist and politician, 47th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1923)

Deaths

  • 2016 – George Kennedy, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 2015 – Alex Johnson, American baseball player (b. 1942)
  • 2014 – Lee Lorch, American mathematician and activist (b. 1915)
  • 2013 – Donald A. Glaser, American physicist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1926)
  • 2012 – Jim Green, American-Canadian educator and politician (b. 1943)
  • 2011 – Jane Russell, American actress and singer (b. 1921)
  • 2009 – Paul Harvey, American radio host (b. 1918)
  • 2008 – Joseph M. Juran, Romanian-American engineer and businessman (b. 1904)
  • 2007 – Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian and critic (b. 1917)
  • 2007 – Charles Forte, Baron Forte, Italian-English businessman, founded the Forte Group (b. 1908)
  • 2006 – Owen Chamberlain, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1920)
  • 2004 – Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian and librarian (b. 1914)
  • 2003 – Chris Brasher, Guyanese-English runner and journalist, co-founded the London Marathon (b. 1928)
  • 2002 – Mary Stuart, American actress and singer (b. 1926)
  • 1993 – Ruby Keeler, Canadian-American actress and dancer (b. 1909)
  • 1991 – Wassily Hoeffding, Finnish-American statistician and theorist (b. 1914)
  • 1978 – Zara Cully, American actress (b. 1892)
  • 1977 – Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, American actor and comedian (b. 1905)
  • 1967 – Henry Luce, Chinese-American publisher, co-founded Time Magazine (b. 1898)
  • 1966 – Charles Bassett, American captain, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1931)
  • 1966 – Elliot See, American commander, engineer, and astronaut (b. 1927)
  • 1959 – Maxwell Anderson, American journalist, author, and playwright (b. 1888)
  • 1916 – Henry James, American novelist, short writer, and critic (b. 1843)
  • 1891 – George Hearst, American businessman and politician (b. 1820)
  • 1788 – Thomas Cushing, American lawyer and politician, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1725)
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