Historical Events for 28th February 2023

1653 – -Mar 3] 3 Day Sea battle English beat Dutch
1849 – 11th Grand National: Tom Cunningham wins aboard 20/1 Peter Simple; 2nd consecutive year there are 3 equine fatalities during the race
1912 – Australian batting great Victor Trumper scores 50 in his final Test innings in 5th Test loss v England at Sydney Cricket Ground
1933 – On Adolf Hitler’s advice, German President Paul von Hindenburg signs the Reichstag Fire Decree after the building is destroyed by fire in Berlin; this eliminates many civil liberties in Germany
1970 – WUTR TV channel 20 in Utica-Rome, NY (ABC) begins broadcasting
1971 – WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, Kentucky (IND) begins broadcasting
1981 – People’s Republic of China throws out the Netherlands ambassador due to Dutch sales of submarines to Taiwan
1997 – FBI agent Earl Pitts pleads guilty to selling secrets to Russia
1998 – First 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.
2001 – The US Environmental Protection Agency announces that it intends to proceed with implementation of tighter restrictions on sulfur content in diesel fuel; the rule is opposed by many in the refining industry

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