What Happened on February 28


Historical Events

1784 – John Wesley charters Methodist Church
1933 – Pacifist and anti fascist writer Carl Von Ossietzky arrested, sent to Esterwegen-Papenburg concentration camp
1959 – Chicago Cardinals trade running back Ollie Matson to the LA Rams for an unprecedented 9 players
1981 – Calvin Murphy (Hou), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws
1993 – 7th American Comedy Award: Jerry Seinfeld
2005 – Lebanon’s pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigns amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.

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Famous Birthdays

1820 – John Tenniel, English cartoonist and illustrator (Punch, Alice in Wonderland), born in London, England (d. 1914)
1865 – Arthur Symons, Welsh poet and critic (co-founder Savoy magazine), born in Milford Haven, Wales (d. 1945)
1957 – Ian Stanley, British rock keyboardist and songwriter (Tears For Fears, 1981-87 – “Shout”; “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”), born in Bath, England
1982 – Natalia Vodianova, Russian supermodel, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
1986 – Alex Tanas, Canadian pop-reggae drummer (Magic! -“Rude”), born in Toronto, Ontario
1996 – Karsten Warholm, Norwegian athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles WR 45.94 2021; World C’ship gold 2017, 19), born in Ulsteinvik, Møre og Romsdal, Norway

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Famous Deaths

1929 – Clemens Freiherr von Pirquet, Austrian artist (React of P), dies at 54
1956 – Emile Buisson, French murderer executed (b. 1902)
1963 – Rajendra Prasad, Indian independence activist and 1st President of India (1950-62), dies at 78
1977 – Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, American comedian and actor (The Jack Benny Program), dies at 71
1986 – Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden (1969-76, 1982-86), assassinated at 59 while walking home from the cinema with his wife
1986 – William Dollar, American ballet dancer and choreographer, dies at 79

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