On this day in history 28th February

Born on this day 28th February
1927 John Carson
1931 Peter Alliss
1940 Mario Andretti
1949 Stephanie Beacham
1957 Ainsley Harriet
1961 Barry McGuigan
1910 Vincent Minelli
1932 Brian Moore
1942 Brian Jones

Died on this day
1968 Frankie Lymon
1993 Lillian Gish
1993 Ruby Keeler


1970 Led Zeppelin performed a concert in Copenhagen under the alias NOBS to avoid legal action from Eva Von Zeppelin, a member of the airship family.

1977 The Sex Pistols fired bass player Glenn Matlock, supposedly because he likes The Beatles.

1978 Bob Dylan’s album ‘Live At Budokan’ was recorded in Japan.

1981 Three successful 1970’s groups split-up: The Tourists, Generation X and Rockpile.

1981 Adam and the Ants had five singles and two albums in the charts.


1988 American golfer Chip Beck won the first tournament of his professional career with a four-stroke win in the Los Angeles Open.

1990 British athlete and javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson was awarded £30,000 libel damages against Mirror Group Newspapers over stories alleging that she had ‘stolen another woman’s husband’.

People & Showbiz

1954 Dylan Thomas’ ‘Under Milkwood’ received its first reading, at The Old Vic.

1969 The first episode of ‘On the Buses’ starring Reg Varney was broadcast. The episode was called ‘The Early Shift’.

General Events

1988 Two runways at Heathrow Airport were closed after a British Airways Boeing 747 lost part of a wing flap as it made an emergency landing.

1988 Much of Scotland was under twelve inches of snow as winter came late to the country, with further blizzards expected to sweep much of Britain.

1989 Doctors at the St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London announced a new way of treating incurable brain tumour patients. They had developed a technique of implanting radioactive sources into the brain tumours exposing only the cancerous cells to the maximum levels of radiation.

1990 Following the opening of the Berlin Wall it was claimed that a large number of soldiers had deserted the East German Army cutting the once 170,000 strong force by over a half.

1991 In the Gulf crisis, President Bush announced that the war to liberate Kuwait from Iraqi domination had been won and that the fighting in the Middle East was to stop. Iraqi military commanders were now to meet their allied counterparts to arrange the military aspects of the cease-fire.

1995 A 12 year scheme to plant a million trees in Northern Ireland was completed when the Northern Ireland Secretary, Sir Patrick Mayhew, planted the final one at Belfast Airport.

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