1066 Westminster Abbey, the most famous
church in England, opens its doors.
1574 On the orders of the Holy Office of the
Inquisition, two Englishmen and an Irishman are burnt
1610 Thomas West is appointed governor of
1704 Indians attack Deerfield, Mass. killing 40
and kidnapping 100.
1847 Colonel Alexander Doniphan and his ragtag
Missouri Mounted Volunteers ride to victory at the
Battle of Sacramento, during the Mexican War.
1861 The territory of Colorado is established.
1900 After a 119-day siege by the Boers, the
surrounded British troops in Ladysmith, South Africa,
1863 Four Union gunboats destroy the CSS
Nashville near Fort McAllister, Georgia.
1916 Haiti becomes the first U.S. protectorate.
1924 U.S. troops are sent to Honduras to
protect American interests during an election conflict.
1936 The Japanese Army restores order in
Tokyo and arrests officers involved in a coup.
1945 U.S. tanks break the natural defense line
west of the Rhine and cross the Erft River.
1946 The U.S. Army declares that it will use V-2
rocket to test radar as an atomic rocket defense
1953 Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia sign a 5-
year defense pact in Ankara.
1967 In Mississippi, 19 are indicted in the
slayings of three civil rights workers.
1969 A Los Angeles court refuses Robert
Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan’s request to be
1971 The male electorate in Lichtenstein refuses
to give voting rights to women.
1994 U.S. warplanes shoot down four Serb
aircraft over Bosnia in the first NATO use of force in
the troubled area.
Born on February 28
1533 Michel de Montaigne, French moralist who
created the personal essay.
1820 John Tenniel, illustrator of various books
(Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland).
1824 Charles Blondin, tightrope walker.
1894 Ben Hecht, writer.
1901 Linus Pauling, Nobel Prize-winning
1909 Stephen Spender, English poet, critic.
1911 Denis Burkitt, British medical researcher.
1926 Svetlana Stalin, daughter of Josef Stalin.