February 28 in Pop Culture History

February 28 in Pop Culture History

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1784 – John Wesley chartered the first Methodist Church in the United States. An Anglican, Wesley wanted a church structure for his followers after the Anglican Church abandoned its American believers during the American Revolution.

1827 – The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was incorporated. It was the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.

1854 – The Republican Party was organized in Ripon, WI. It was primarily anti-slavery people.

1885 – The American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) was incorporated in New York, as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone.

1935 – Wallace Carothers discovered Nylon while working at DuPont.

1839 – The non-existent word “dord” was published in the Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition.

1940 – Basketball was televised for the first time. The game was Fordam University vs. University of Pittsburgh

1953 – Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick announced that they had found the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule containing human genes.

1970 – # 1 Hit February 28, 1970 – April 10, 1970: Simon & GarfunkelBridge Over Troubled Water

1976 – February 28, 1976 – March 5, 1976: Rhythm HeritageTheme From S.W.A.T.

1981 – February 28, 1981 – March 20, 1981: Eddie RabbittI Love a Rainy Night

1983 – CBS sitcom M*A*S*H ended after 11 seasons, airing a special two-and-a-half hour episode watched by 77% of the television viewing audience.

1993 – Near Mount Carmel in Waco, Texas, agents of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) launch a raid against the Branch Davidian compound. At least 80 people, including 22 children, were killed.

1996 – KISS reunited at the Grammys in full makeup and costume.

1998 – # 1 Hit February 28, 1998 – March 13, 1998: Céline DionMy Heart Will Go On

2002 Sotheby’s auction house announced that Peter Paul Reubens was the creator of the painting The Massacre of the Innocents, not Jan van den Hoecke as previously believed.

2004 – # 1 Hit February 28, 2004 – May 21, 2004: Usher featuring Lil Jon and LudacrisYeah!

2009 – # 1 Hit February 28, 2009 – April 10, 2009: Flo RidaRight Round

2013 – Pope Benedict XVI resigned as the pope of the Catholic Church – the first pope to do so since 1415.

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