A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on February 28th. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On February 28, 1844, a steam powered, sail and propeller (screw) driven US Navy corvette, the USS Princeton, one of the newest and most modern ships in America’s fleet, was sailing on the Potomac River with a large retinue of US Government officials aboard including the President of the United States when she experienced one of those terrible maritime experiences we at History and Headlines call a “Naval Oops Moment.”
On February 28, 1893, the United States Navy made an enormous step toward eventually ruling the seas by launching its first ever battleship commensurate with those of other great naval powers.
On February 28, 1939, the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition accidentally included a goofy meaningless word among the thousands of legitimate words found in the esteemed text.
On February 28, 1959, a Thor-Agena A rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying a spy satellite designated Discoverer 1, the first in a spy satellite program of the American military and intelligence network.
On March 1, 1986, the Prime Minister of Sweden was declared dead, having been shot by an assassin minutes earlier on February 28, 1986.
On February 28, 1997, Hollywood was outdone by North Hollywood in a real life shootout worthy of the movies!
On February 28, 2015, Black History Month drew to a close and as such we wanted to reflect on some notable figures in black history.
On February 28, 2016, we covered the North Hollywood Bank Robbery of February 28, 1997.
On February 28, 2018, we stopped to recognize those people that make us feel good about ourselves, the idiots that absolutely have to be worse people than we are!
Science fiction fans, here is your chance to win a spot for a virtual screening of Netflix’s The Adam Project on Monday, February 28, 2022!
Superhero fans, here is your chance to win a spot for a virtual screening of The Batman on Monday, February 28, 2022 at 7:00 PM at Cinemark At Valley View and XD in Valley View, Ohio!
Sports drama fans, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Creed III on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 7:00PM at Cinemark At Valley View and XD, 6001 Canal Rd., Valley View, OH 44125!
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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