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This Day in History for February 28

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1784 – John Wesley charters Methodist Church.

1854 – Republican Party formally organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.

1909 – 1st National Woman’s Day is observed in the United States.  Organized by the Socialist Party of America in honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.

1917 – AP reports Mexico & Japan will allie with Germany if US enters WW I.

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

1935 – Wallace Carothers manufactures 1st nylon polymer.

1940 – US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 African Americans (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.

1960 – VII Winter Olympic Games close in Squaw Valley, California.

1966 – 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 over Billy Casper.

1972 – US President Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China.

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.

1993 – Gun battle erupts near Waco, Texas at Branch Davidian compound after FBI attempts a raid.

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

2012 – 54th Daytona 500: Rain affected race stopped for 2 hours because of fuel on track; Matt Kenseth leads for final 34 laps to win.

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

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