On This Day in History, February 28

This day marks the Canadian National Cupcake Day. If you wonder what other occasions have been commemorated on this date, check out these historic moments of February 28 to get more informed.

  • 1849 -1st boatload of gold rush prospectors arrived in San Francisco.
  • 1933 -German President Paul von Hindenburg signed the Reichstag Fire Decree after the building was destroyed by fire in Berlin.
  • 1939 -Great Britain recognized the Franco regime in Spain.
  • 1947 -Anti-government uprising in Taiwan was violently put down by Chiang Kai-shek and his Kuomintang-led Republic of China government with the loss of 18,000-28,000 lives.
  • 1952 -Vincent Massey was sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada.
  • 1953 -Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the chemical structure of DNA-molecule.
  • 1969 – Terence O’Neill was re-elected and confirmed as Northern Ireland Prime Minister.
  • 1972– US President Richard Nixon ended a historic week-long visit to China.
  • 1976– Natalie Cole became the 1st African American to win the Best New Artist Grammy Award.
  • 1984Michael Jackson won 8 Grammys.
  • 1986– Olof Palme, the Swedish Prime Minister was shot dead.
  • 1991– The gulf war ended following Iraq accepting all 12 resolutions made by the United Nations.
  • 2001-The US Environmental Protection Agency announced its intentions to proceed with the implementation of tighter restrictions on sulfur content in diesel fuel.
  • 2005-A suicide bombing at a police recruiting center in Al Hillah, Iraq, killed 127 people.
  • 2007– Republican Senator John McCain announced his presidential nomination on the David Letterman show.
  • 2010– A new study of U.S. prisons found that there is an all-time high in the number of people in jail.
  • 2012-Discovery of the largest prehistoric penguin, Kairuku grebneffi, at nearly 5ft tall.
  • 2019– Summit between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump collapsed without agreement.
  • 2019– YouTube announced plans to stop all comments on videos featuring children because of pedophiles leaving inappropriate comments.
  • 2020-Court of Arbitration for Sport banned Chinese triple Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang from swimming for 8 years for breaking anti-doping rules.

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