GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, February 28, the 59th day of 2015 with 306 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:22 and sunset is @ 5:31. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mercury, & Saturn. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1066 – Westminster Abbey, the most famous church in England, opened.
1827 – The first U.S. railroad chartered to carry passengers and freight, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, was incorporated.
1854 – A new political party was organized — the Republican party — in Wisconsin.
1861 – The Territory of Colorado was organized.
1912 – The first parachute jump was made, over Missouri.
1916 – Haiti became the first U.S. protectorate.
1940 – The first televised basketball game was shown, from Madison Square Garden in New York.
1993 – A gun battle erupted at a compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to serve warrants on the cult called the Branch Davidians; a 51-day standoff began.
1994 – In the first military action in the 45-year history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO), U.S. fighter planes shot down four Serbian warplanes engaged in a bombing mission in violation of Bosnia’s no-fly zone.
1996 – The Diana, princess of Wales consented to a divorce from Prince Charles.
2002 – At least 55 are killed in Ahmadabad, India when Hindus burn Muslim homes.
2005 – A suicide bombing at a police recruiting center in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.