A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, February 28th!
|1066||Westminster Abbey, the most famous church in England, opens its doors.|
|1827||The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co. was incorporated.|
|1847||Colonel Alexander Doniphan and his ragtag Missouri Mounted Volunteers ride to victory at the Battle of Sacramento, during the Mexican War.|
|1854||About 50 slavery opponents met in Ripon, Wis., to call for creation of a new political group that became the Republican Party.|
|1861||The Territory of Colorado was organized.|
|1916||Haiti becomes the first U.S. protectorate.|
|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.|
|1953||Scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule that contains the human genes, at Cambridge University.|
James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick
|1960||The U.S. Olympic hockey team won the gold medal, defeating Czechoslovakia 9-4 at Squaw Valley, Calif.|
|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.|
|1974||The United States and Egypt re-established diplomatic relations after a seven-year break.|
|1983||The album “War” by U2 was released.|
|1991||Allied and Iraqi forces suspended their attacks as Iraq pledged to accept all United Nations resolutions concerning Kuwait.|
|1993||A gun battle erupted at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to serve warrants; four agents and six Davidians were killed and a 51-day standoff began.|
|2005||Lebanon’s pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigned amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.|
|2007||Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. died at age 89.|
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
Today in History facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.