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Today in History
Tuesday, February 28

2007Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft.
2005Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigns amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.
2005A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.
2004Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947
2001The Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hits the Nisqually Valley and the Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia area of the U.S. state of Washington.
2001Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
1998First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace.
1998Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
1997The North Hollywood shootout takes place.
1997A postmodern coup takes places in Turkey.
 
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Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime.

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Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

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