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On This Day in History - 28th February

Birthdays

1824Charles Blondin, French tightrope walker
1909Linus Pauling, American chemist & physicist
1909Stephen Spender, English poet
1915Sir Peter Medawar, English immunologist
1931Peter Alliss, Ex-golfer and now commentator
1932Brain Moore, Football commentator
1946Robin Cook, Labour MP & Shadow Cabinet minister
1951Barry McGuigan, Irish boxer

Events

1912The first ever parachute jump from an aeroplane was made, in the USA
1948The last British troops left India
1959The first polar orbiting satellite, Discoverer 1, was launched
1966The 'Caven Club' in Liverpool, made famous by the 'Beatles', went bankrupt
1971Women were refused the right to vote in elections, in Lichtenstein
1984The Winter Olympic Games opened in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1991Iraq agreed to a cease fire in Gulf War conflict
1994Bosnian serb jets (4) were shot down after they attacked Muslim towns