Today in History: February 28

Today in History: February 28

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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, Mass. 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.

1863

Four Union gunboats destroy the CSS Nashville near Fort McAllister, Georgia.

1900

After a 119-day siege by the Boers, the surrounded British troops in Ladysmith, South Africa, are relieved.

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 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.