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This Day in History

     February 28
 
1646—Roger Scott was tried in Massachusetts for sleeping in church.
 
1784—John Wesley charters Methodist Church.
 
1787—The charter establishing the institution now known as the University of Pittsburgh is granted.
 
1810—1st US fire insurance joint-stock company organized, Philadelphia.
 
1827—1st commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) chartered.
 
1849—1st boat load of gold rush prospectors arrives in San Francisco from east coast.
 
1850—The University of Utah opens in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
1871—2nd Enforcement gives federal control of congressional elections.
 
1903—Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buys Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000.
 
1924—US begins intervention in Honduras.
 
1925—“Tea for Two” by Marion Harris hit #1.
 
1933—1st female in US Cabinet: Frances Perkins appointed Secretary of Labor.
 
1940—US population at 131,66,275 (12,865,518 blacks (9.8%))
 
1943—Porgy & Bess opens on Broadway with Anne Brown & Todd Duncan.
 
1956—Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory.
 
1960—8th winter Olympic games close at Squaw Valley, California.
 
1961—JFK names Henry Kissinger special advisor.
 
1970—Bicycles permitted to cross Golden Gate Bridge.
 
1971—53rd PGA Championship; Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at PGA National, Florida.   Nicklaus wins his 2nd golf grand slam.
 
1979—Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond” premieres in NYC.
 
1982—AT&T looses record $7 billion for fiscal year ending on this day.
 
1984—26th Grammy Awards: Michael Jackson wins 8 Grammys.
 
1993—7th American Comedy Award: Seinfeld wins.
 
1993—Gun battle erupts near Waco, Texas at Branch Davidian compound after FBI attempts a raid.
 
1994—Brady Law, imposing a wait-period to buy a hand-gun, went into effect.
 
2001—15th Soul Train Music Awards: The Isley Brothers, Destiny’s Child & Jay-Z win.
 
2013—The brains of two rats successfully connected so that they share information.
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