Today in History, February 28th

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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.

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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