This Day in History ~ February 28

Taking a look back on a few events that has taken place on February 28th in previous years.

1940 – The first basketball game is televised. from Madison Square Garden. The University of Pittsburgh wins over Fordham University with a score of 50-37.

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1960 – the 8th Winter Olympic games held at Squaw Valley, California closes.

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1972 – President Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China.

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1984 – Michael Jackson won an unprecedented eight Grammys at the 26th Annual  Grammy Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. This beat Paul Simon’s previous record of seven. Jackson’s wins included Record Of The Year for “Beat It” and Album Of The Year for Thriller.

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1993 – Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raid the Branch Davidian cult compound in Waco, Texas, prompting a gun battle in which four agents and six cult members are killed. The federal agents were attempting to arrest the leader of the Branch Davidians, David Koresh, on information that the religious sect was stockpiling weapons. A nearly two-month standoff ensued after the unsuccessful raid.

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2007 – The New Horizons Pluto observer spacecraft, which was originally launched on On January 19, 2006, makes its closest approach of Jupiter, at a distance of 1.4 million miles.

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2010 –  the 21st Winter Olympic games held at Vancouver, Canada closes. Approximately 2,600 athletes from 82 nations participated in 86 events in fifteen disciplines.

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