Death of St. Oswald of Worchester
Michael de Montaigne born
Death of Catherine of Austria, third wife of Sigsimund II of Poland
First burning of heretics by the Inquisition in the New World
Thomas West is appointed governor of Virginia.
Vincent Fettmilch, the leader of an attack on the Jewish ghetto of Frankfurt, beheaded for his part in the crime
Cyril Tourneur, English poet, dramatist, dies at about 51
National Covenant signed at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh
Roger Scott tried in Massachusetts for sleeping on the Sabbath
Death of Christian IV, King of Denmark and Norway
Indians attack Deerfield, Mass. killing 40 and kidnapping 100.
The Baroque that gave us Bach also gave us Boccherini. Luigi Boccherini was born in Lucca. born
John Wesley signed the "deed of declaration," formalizing the establishment of the Wesleyan faith, or Methodists.
Mary Lyon, a pioneer the field of higher education for women and founder of Mount Holyoke Seminary, was born near Buckland, Massachusetts.
Illustrator and cartoonist Sir John Tenniel born in London, England. He is best remembered for his illustrations for Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass." born
French acrobat and aerialist Charles Blond(Jean Francois Gravelet) in Saint-Omer, France. He owed his celebrity to his feat of crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope 1,100 feet long. born
A treaty was signed between Britaand Russia, settling the border between Canada and Alaska, then a Russian possession.
The first U.S. railroad chartered to carry passengers and freight, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co., was incorporated.
A 12-inch gun aboard the USS "Princeton" exploded, killing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Navy Secretary Thomas W. Gilmer and several others.
The ship California arrived San Francisco, carrying the first of the gold-seekers. The ship left New York Harbor on October 6, 1848.
Some 50 opponents to slavery met at a schoolhouse Ripon, Wisconsin, to call for a new political group. The organization would later become known as the Republican Party.
The Territory of Colorado was organized.
Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky born
Edward G. Acheson of Monongahela, Pennsylvania, received a patent for Carborundum, an abrasive or refractory of silicon carbide, fused alumina and other materials.
American journalist and screenwriter Ben Hecht born
Chemist and physicist Linus Pauling, twice winner of the Nobel Prize born
Gangster Benjam "Bugsy" Siegel born in Brooklyn, New York. Siegel started syndicate gambling Las Vegas, Nevada. born
Cartoonist Milton Caniff (Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon) born
President Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. president to visit the Austrian embassy.
Movie director Vincente Minnelli born
Actor Zero (Samuel) Mostel (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Journey into Fear) born
Haiti becomes the first U.S. protectorate.
Russia and Afghanistan signed a treaty of friendship providing political and financial aid for the Afghans.
Britain formally declared Egypt's independence, although still retaining control of the Suez Canal and the country's defense.
Actor Charles Durning born
NASA spokesman Chris Kraft (Voice of Mission Control during the Mercury and Gemini space missions) born
U.S. troops are sent to Honduras to protect American interests during an election conflict.
Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Joseph Stalin. born
Actor Stanley Baker (The Guns of Navarone, Knights of the Roundtable) born
Ted Lewis and his Orchestra recorded "On the Sunny Side of the Street" for Columbia Records.
Actor Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat, The Mary Tyler Moore Show) born
Basketball Hall of Famer Dean Smith born
Entertainer-choreographer Tommy Tune (My One and Only) born
Singer Joe (Souter) South (Walk a Mile in My Shoes, Games People Play; songwriter: Down in the Boondocks, Rose Garden) born
Indy "500" driver Mario Andretti born
The Superliner Queen Elizabeth is launched in Britain.
The first televised college basketball games were broadcast, by New York City station W2XBS, as Pittsburgh defeated Fordham, 57-to-37, and New York University beat Georgetown, 50-to-27, at Madison Square Garden.
Japanese forces landed in Java, the last Allied bastion in the Dutch East Indies.
U.S. tanks break the natural defense line west of the Rhine and cross the Erft River.
Former football player Bubba Smith born
The U.S. Army declares that it will use V-2 rocket to test radar as an atomic rocket defense system.
Actress Stephanie Beacham born
Britain and France sign a 50-year pact to curb Germany.
Actress Mercedes Ruehl born
Actress Bernadette (Lazzara) Peters (The Jerk, Annie, All's Fair) born
The French Assembly in Paris decides to limit the sale of Coca-Cola.
The Senate committee headed by Estes Kefauver (Democrat, Tennessee) issued a preliminary report saying at least two major crime syndicates were operating in the US.
Vincent Massey took office as governor-general of Canada, the first Canadian to hold the office.
Greece, Turkey and Yugoslavia sign a 5-year defense pact in Ankara.
Basketball player Adrian Dantley born
Rock singer Cindy Wilson (formerly of B52s) born
Actress Rae Dawn Chong born
The famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, England closed because of financial difficulties. During its peak of success, the club was best known as the home of the Beatles.
In Mississippi, 19 are indicted in the slayings of three civil rights workers.
Actor Robert Sean Leonard born
A Los Angeles court refuses Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan's request to be executed.
Actress Maxine Bahns born
The male electorate in Lichtenstein refuses to give voting rights to women.
Jack Nicklaus, the 'Golden Bear', won the Professional Golfers' Association Championship for the second time.
U.S. President Richard Nixon wrapped up an historic week-long visit to China, convinced the trip helped to create a new "generation of peace."
The United States and Egypt re-established diplomatic relations after a seven-year break.
The long-running TV series "M-A-S-H" ended after 11 seasons on CBS with a special 2.5-hour finale that was watched by an estimated 121.6 million people.
It was Michael Jackson Night at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The gloved one set a record for most wins by taking home eight of the gramophone statuette honors. He broke the previous record of six awards set by Roger Miller in 1965.
Ailing Soviet President KonstantU. Chernenko made his second television appearance four days as he was shown receiving his credentials from the Russian Republic's parliament.
Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot to death in central Stockholm.
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev announced the Kremlin was ready for a separate accord with the United States to rid Europe of medium-range nuclear missiles.
The 15th Winter Olympic Games held its closing ceremony Calgary, Canada; the United States won six medals, two of them gold, its weakest Winter Games 52 years.
Ethnic unrest broke out between Armenians and Azerbaijanis the city of Sumgait.
In Chicago, Richard M. Daley, son of Mayor Richard J. Daley, defeated acting Mayor Eugene Sawyer in a Democratic primary election.
Humorist-poet Richard Armour died in Claremont, California, at age 82.
The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a secret mission to place a spy satellite orbit.
Allied and Iraqi forces suspended their attacks as Iraq pledged to accept all United Nations resolutions concerning Kuwait.
The U.N. Security Council warned Iraq its continued refusal to destroy its Scud missile facilities would bring "serious consequences."
Three US planes carried out the first mission to drop relief supplies over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
A "Te Deum" by Arvo Part was recorded for ECM New Series by Tonu Kaljuste and the Estonian Philharmonic and Choir and the Talinn Chamber Orchestra.
A gun battle erupted at a compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to serve warrants on the Branch Davidians; four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began.
Two US F-16 fighter jets downed four Serb warplanes that UN officials said had bombed an arms plant run by Bosnia's Muslim-led government.
Moldova's maindependence party claimed a clear victory the country's first post-Soviet parliamentary elections.
Denver International Airport opened after 16 months of delays and $3.2 billion in budget overruns.
The brother of former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Raul Salinas de Gortari, was arrested connection with the slaying of Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu, the No. 2 man the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party.
U.S. Marines swept ashore Somalia to protect retreating U.N. peacekeepers. early March the Marines completed Operation United Shield.
Britain's Princess Diana agreed to divorce Prince Charles.
Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" won best rock album and album of the year at the Grammy Awards; Seal's "Kiss from a Rose" won for record and song of the year.
President Clinton and the Congress agreed on a sanctions bill aimed at driving foreign investors from Cuba.
In North Hollywood, California, two heavily armed masked robbers bungled a bank heist and came out firing, unleashing their arsenal on police, bystanders, cars and TV choppers before they were killed.
Brushing aside congressional calls for a tougher stance against Mexico, President Clinton recertified the country as a fully cooperating ally in the struggle against drug smuggling.
President Clinton interrupted a weekend with his wife and daughter at a Utah ski resort to fly to Los Angeles where he comforted victims of California.'s deadly mudslides and headed to Beverly Hills to raise more than $500,000 for his party from a galaxy of Hollywood stars.
About 10,000 environmental activists angered by Hungary's decision to build a new Danube dam rallied in Budapest vowing to fight the plan. Their protest came a day after Hungary and Slovakia signed a protocol agreement on the principles of the dam to support Slovakia's controversial Gabcikovo hydro-electric project.
Two naked women making an anti-fur protest were led away by police minutes after they emerged to cross a busy street in Hong Kong's central business district. The two women, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals pressure group, painted their nude bodies with leopard spots, drew cat-like whiskers on their whitened cheeks and carried a banner reading "Only animals should wear fur."
Guerrillas detonated two bombs beside a military convoy in southern Lebanon, killing a brigadier general and three other Israelis; Israel retaliated with air raids on suspected guerrilla hideouts.
Right-wing Austrian leader Joerg Haider resigned as head of the Freedom Party in an apparent bid to end Austria's international ostracism following his party's rise to power.
Bank of America declares 1.2 million account records "lost"
Cambridge Planning Board approves new science building at Harvard
'Aviator,' 'Baby' dominate Academy Awards
Romanian VAT to remain at 19 percent
Construction for Romania-Italy pipeline to start in 2007
Three Romanian ports closed due to heavy fog
Rare antibody yields AIDS vaccine insight
Gene switch turns stem cells into cancer killers
Lebanese Government resigns amid protests
Residents and business owners attend "private" meeting on Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal
Thinktank recommends changes to Australian student fees
Cyclone Emma crosses West Australian coast
Former AWB chairman paid almost $1,000,000 by AusAID
India and U.S.A. work toward nuclear fuel agreement
Da Vinci Code publisher Random House in court
Venezuela's government to restrict flights to the US
"Aggressive" Bird Flu found in Sweden
Two zoo bears killed after biting four-year-old boy
English Wikipedia has over 1 million registered users
New Zealand's anti-spam bill now law
Canadian PM announces C$200 million for Afghanistan aid
United States and North Korea to hold talks in New York
Airbus announces job cuts of 10,000
Prodi wins vote of confidence
NHL: Brodeur shuts out the Penguins
BBC denies "conspiracy" over 9/11 video
US study finds that delinquent students claim to begin sex lives earlier
National Hockey League news: February 28, 2008
Rights groups: Forcing Wikileaks.org offline raises 'serious First Amendment concerns'
Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 pilot forced to resign
Claims from British quake may run into "low tens of millions of pounds" - Insurance association reps
Kenyan government and opposition agree on power sharing
Former PM Thaksin returns to Thailand
Fatal US Army helicopter collision in Iraq blamed on enemy fire
ACLU commemorates anniversary of US Supreme Court decision on student free speech
Bangladesh mutiny leaves scores of officers dead
7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japanese coast
Somali opposition group al-Shabaab to block WFP food aid
Jeff Gordon wins the Subway Fresh Fit 500
Australian women's water polo team takes test series against Great Britain
U.S. Army identifies remains of last U.S. soldier unaccounted for in Iraq
Austria wins friendly team competition at end of IPC Alpine World Championships
British explorer Ranulph Fiennes leaves Antarctic expedition after frostbite