February 28: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1827 - The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
- 935 - DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
- 1953 - James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April's Nature (pub. April 2).
- 1997 - GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way.
- 2013 - Pope Benedict XVI resigns as the pope of the Catholic Church becoming the first pope to do so since 1415.
- Famous Birthdays: John Pearson (English bishop, theologian, and scholar), Benjamin Wadsworth (American clergyman and academic), Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov (Russian poet and playwright), Philip Showalter Hench (American physician, Nobel Prize laureate), Linus Pauling (American chemist and activist, Nobel Prize laureate)
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