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Today in History: February 28

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February 28

1066   Westminster Abbey, the most famous church in England, opens its doors.
1574   On the orders of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, two Englishmen and an Irishman are burnt for heresy.
1610   Thomas West is appointed governor of Virginia.
1704   Indians attack Deerfield, MA killing 40 and kidnapping 100.
1847   Colonel Alexander Doniphan and his ragtag Missouri Mounted Volunteers ride to victory at the Battle of Sacramento, during the Mexican War.
1861   The territory of Colorado is established.
1900   After a 119-day siege by the Boers, the surrounded British troops in Ladysmith, South Africa, are relieved.
1863   Four Union gunboats destroy the CSS Nashville near Fort McAllister, Georgia.
1916   Haiti becomes the first U.S. protectorate.
1924   U.S. troops are sent to Honduras to protect American interests during an election conflict.
1936   The Japanese Army restores order in Tokyo and arrests officers involved in a coup.
1945   U.S. tanks break the natural defense line west of the Rhine and cross the Erft River.
1946   The U.S. Army declares that it will use a V-2 rocket to test radar as an atomic rocket defense system.
1953   Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia sign a 5-year defense pact in Ankara.
1967   In Mississippi, 19 are indicted in the slayings of three civil rights workers.
1969   A Los Angeles court refuses Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan’s request to be executed.
1971   The male electorate in Lichtenstein refuses to give voting rights to women.
1994   U.S. warplanes shoot down four Serb aircraft over Bosnia in the first NATO use of force in the troubled area.
Born on February 28
1533   Michel de Montaigne, French moralist who created the personal essay.
1820   John Tenniel, illustrator of various books (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland).
1824   Charles Blondin, tightrope walker.
1894   Ben Hecht, writer.
1901   Linus Pauling, Nobel Prize-winning American chemist.
1909   Stephen Spender, English poet and critic.
1911   Denis Burkitt, British medical researcher.
1926   Svetlana Stalin, daughter of Josef Stalin.
1991   The first Gulf War ends resulting in a resounding coalition victory. [MHQ- The Quarterly Journal of Military History]