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This Day in History for February 28

1784 – John Wesley charters Methodist Church.

1849 – 1st boat load of gold rush prospectors arrives in San Francisco from the east coast.

1878 – Congress overrides US President Rutherford B. Hayes veto of the Bland-Allison Act, requiring the Treasury to buy a certain amount of silver and put into circulation as silver dollars.

1903 – Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buy Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000.

1917 – Associated Press reports Mexico & Japan will ally with Germany if US enters WW I.

1925 – “Tea for Two” by Marion Harris hits #1.

1935 – Wallace Carothers manufactures 1st nylon polymer.

1940 – 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)

1940 – US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 African American (9.8%))

1943 – George Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” opens on Broadway with Anne Brown & Todd Duncan.

1956 – American engineer Wright Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory.

1965 – Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers.

1971 – PGA Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National East: Jack Nicklaus leads wire-to-wire for his 2nd career grand slam: wins by 2 from Billy Casper.

1982 – AT&T loses a record $7 BILLION for the fiscal year ending on this day.

1983 – Final TV episode of “M*A*S*H” airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US.

1990 – US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) launches into orbit.

1997 – Purchasers of cigarettes in US must prove they are over 18.

2010 – XXI Winter Olympic Games close in Vancouver, Canada.

2019 – Summit between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump collapses without agreement.

2019 – UTube announces it will stop all comments on videos featuring children because of pedophiles leaving inappropriate comments.

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