What Happened On This Day – February 28
2013 Pope Benedict XVI resigns
The pope whose birth name is Joseph Ratzinger was the first leader of the Catholic Church to resign since 1415.
1991 The first Gulf War ends
The armed conflict had lasted a little over half a year and claimed over 100,000 civilian casualties.
1986 Swedish prime minister Olof Palme is assassinated
Even though over 130 people have confessed to the murder, the case has never been solved.
1975 A London underground train crashes into the end of the tunnel at Moorgate station
The Moorgate tube crash claimed 43 lives and was the deadliest accident in the London Underground in during peacetime.
1935 Nylon is invented
Wallace Carothers first produced the polymer at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware, United States.
Births On This Day,
1953 Paul Krugman
American economist, Nobel Prize laureate
1948 Bernadette Peters
American actress, singer, author
1929 Frank Gehry
Canadian/American architect, designed 8 Spruce Street, Walt Disney Concert Hall
1901 Linus Pauling
American chemist, activist, Nobel Prize laureate
1894 Ben Hecht
American screenwriter, director, producer
Deaths On This Day,
2009 Paul Harvey
American radio host
2007 Billy Thorpe
English/Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer
1977 Eddie Anderson
1925 Friedrich Ebert
German politician, 1st President of Germany
1916 Henry James