February 28th -This Date In History

February 28 is the 59th day of the year. There are 306 days remaining until the end of the year This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

+ 1827 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.

+ 1885 – The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone. (American Bell would later merge with its subsidiary.)

+ 1935 – DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.

+ 1940 – Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).

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1954 – The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.

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1959 – Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object intended to achieve a polar orbit, is launched but fails to achieve orbit.

+ 1983 – The final episode of M*A*S*H airs, with almost 106 million viewers. It still holds the record for the highest viewership of a season finale.

+ 1991 – The first Gulf War ends.

( Births )

+ 1929 – Hayden Fry, American football player and coach

+ 1931 – Dean Smith, American basketball player and coach (d. 2015)

+ 1945 – Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (d. 2011)

+ 1948 – Bernadette Peters, American actress, singer, and author

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