We take a look at some of the events that occurred on February 28th.
Today In …
1066 - England’s Westminster Abbey opened.
1883 - Vaudeville’s first theater opened today in Boston, Massachusetts.
1885 - The American Telephone and Telegraph Company was incorporated. We know it today as AT&T.
1993 - Federal agents raided the Branch Davidian in Waco, Texas.
1994 - The Brady Bill which required a waiting period on handgun purchases became law.
Sharing A Birthday Today…
Mario Andretti of NASCAR fame was born in 1940.
Billie Bird the actress who appeared in such movies as “Home Alone”, “One Crazy Summer” and “Sixteen Candles” was born in 1908.
Kelly Bishop who stars on TV’s “Gilmore Girls” was born in 1944.
Rory Cochrane who starred in the films “A Scanner Darkly” and “Empire Records” as well as TV’s “C.S.I.: Miami” was born in 1972.
Charles Durning who appeared in “To Be or Not To Be” and TV’s “Evening Shade” was born in 1923.
Gilbert Gottfried the actor/comedian who appeared in the “Problem Child” movies was born in 1955.
Daniel Handler the man behind the “Lemony Snicket” books was born in 1970.
Brian Jones the versatile musician who was one of the original members of the Rolling Stones was born in 1942.
Ali Larter who starred in the films “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Legally Blonde” as well as TV’s “Heroes” was born in 1976.
Robert Sean Leonard who starred in “Dead Poet’s Society” and TV’s “House M.D.” was born in 1969.
Gavin MacLeod best known for his portrayal of Captain Stubing on TV’s “The Love Boat” was born in 1930.
Vincente Minnelli the Oscar winning director of such films as “An American in Paris” and “Gigi” was born in 1903. Minnelli was married briefly to screen legend Judy Garland and is the father of Liza Minnelli.
Patrick Monahan lead singer for the rock band Train was born in 1969.
John Montague the renowned Irish poet was born in 1929.
Zero Mostel who starred in the 1968 version of “The Producers” was born in 1915.
Bernadette Peters the award winning Broadway actress and star of such films as “The Jerk”, “Annie” and “Cinderella” was born in 1948.
Mercedes Ruehl the Oscar winning actress of “The Fisher King” was born in 1948.
Bugsy Siegel the legendary gangster was born in 1906.
Bubba Smith former NFL player and actor who has appeared in the “Police Academy” movies was born in 1945.
John Turturro who has starred in “O, Brother Where Art Thou” and “Quiz Show” was born in 1957.
Tommy Tune the renowned dance was born in 1939.
Cindy Wilson one of the vocalists for the rock group “The B-52s” was born in 1957.
We Said Goodbye To…
Eddie Anderson who appeared in “Gone With the Wind” passed away in 1977 at the age of 71.
Charita Bauer best known as Bert on daytime TV’s “Guiding Light” passed away in 1985 at the age of 62.
Bobby Bloom best known for the song “Montego Bay” passed away in 1974 at the age of 27.
David Byron the British singer who was the front man for the rock band Uriah Heep passed away in 1985 at the age of 38.
Mr. Ed the infamous “talking horse” passed away.
Henry James who wrote the short story “Turn of the Screw” passed away in 1916 at the age of 72.
Mary Stuart who is probably best known for her role as Jo on the daytime soap “Search for Tomorrow” passed away in 2002 at the age of 75.
Top Of The Charts On This Day In…
1998 - “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
Musical Moments In…
1996 - Today marked the first time in over 15 years that the four original members of KISS appeared in full make-up. The rock band appeared at the Grammy Awards.
TV Moments In…
1983 - The final episode of “M*A*S*H” aired today, becoming one of the most watched TV broadcasts in history.
In Print In…
1749 - “Tom Jones” by Henry Fieldings was first published.
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