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February 28th - Happy Birthday Mario Andretti, Ali Larter & Jason Aldean


Today is Tuesday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2012. There are 307 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 28, 1942, the heavy cruiser USS Houston and the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth came under attack by Japanese forces during the World War II Battle of Sunda Strait; both were sunk shortly after midnight. (The Houston lost 693 men while the Perth lost 353.)

On this date:
In 202 BC, coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty's rule over China
In 870, The Fourth Council of Constantinople closes.
In 1525, The Aztec king Cuauhtémoc is executed by Hernán Cortés's forces.
In 1638, The Scottish National Covenant is signed in Edinburgh.
In 1700, Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar.
In 1710, In the Battle of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau are decisively defeated by an equally sized Swedish force under Magnus Stenbock. This is the last time Swedish and Danish troops meet on Swedish soil.
In 1784, John Wesley charters the Methodist Church.
In 1811, Cry of Asencio, beginning of the Uruguayan War of Independence
In 1827, The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is incorporated, becoming the first railroad in America offering commercial transportation of both people and freight.
In 1838, Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Quebec)
In 1844, a 12-inch gun aboard the USS Princeton exploded as the ship was sailing on the Potomac River, killing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Navy Secretary Thomas W. Gilmer and several others.
In 1849, the California gold rush began in earnest as regular steamship service started bringing gold-seekers to San Francisco.
In 1854, The Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.
In 1861, the Territory of Colorado was organized.
In 1870, The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire.
In 1883, The first vaudeville theater opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 1885, The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone. (American Bell would later merge with its subsidiary.)
In 1893, The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched.
In 1897, Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force.
In 1900, The Second Boer War: The 118-day "Siege of Ladysmith" is lifted.
In 1911, President William Howard Taft nominated William H. Lewis to be the first black Assistant Attorney General of the United States.
In 1914, The Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus is proclaimed in Gjirokastër, by the Greeks living in southern Albania.
In 1922, The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.
In 1928, C.V. Raman discovers Raman effect.
In 1933, Gleichschaltung: The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in Germany a day after the Reichstag fire.
In 1935, DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents nylon.
In 1939, The erroneous word "dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.
In 1940, Basketball is televised for the first time (Fordham University vs. the University of Pittsburgh in Madison Square Garden).
In 1947, 228 Incident: In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives.
In 1951, the Senate committee headed by Estes Kefauver, D-Tenn., issued an interim report saying at least two major crime syndicates were operating in the US.
In 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announced they had discovered the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule that contains the human genes.
In 1954, The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public.
In 1958, A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains the worst school bus accident in U.S. history.
In 1959, Discoverer 1, an American spy satellite that is the first object to achieve a polar orbit, is launched. It failed to achieve orbit.
In 1960, a day after defeating the Soviets at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, Calif., the United States won its first Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Czechoslovakia's team, 9-4.
In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai issued the Shanghai Communique, which called for normalizing relations between their countries, at the conclusion of Nixon's historic visit to China.
In 1975, 43 people were killed in London's Underground when a subway train smashed into the end of a tunnel.
In 1980, Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum.
In 1985, The Provisional Irish Republican Army carries out a mortar attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary police station at Newry, killing nine officers in the highest loss of life for the RUC on a single day.
In 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot to death in central Stockholm. (The killing remains unsolved.)
In 1991, The first Gulf War ends.
In 1993, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents raid the Branch Davidian church in Waco, Texas with a warrant to arrest the group's leader David Koresh. Four BATF agents and five Davidians die in the initial raid, starting a 51-day standoff.
In 1997, An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 in Armenia and Azerbaijan kills around 1,100 people
In 1997, An earthquake in northern Iran is responsible for about 3,000 deaths.
In 1997, GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way.
In 1997, in North Hollywood, Calif., two heavily armed and armored robbers bungled a bank heist and came out firing, unleashing their arsenal on police, bystanders, cars and TV choppers before they were killed.
In 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.
In 1998, Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
In 2001, The 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.
In 2001, Six passengers and four railway staff are killed and a further 82 people suffer serious injuries in the Selby rail crash.
In 2004, Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometer (310 miles) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947
In 2005, A suicide bombing at a police recruiting centre in Al Hillah, Iraq kills 127.

Ten years ago: The body of a young girl found outside San Diego was positively identified as that of seven-year-old Danielle van Dam, who'd disappeared from her bedroom about a month earlier; a neighbor, David Westerfield, was later convicted of her murder and sentenced to death. Hindus in western India retaliated for a train attack that claimed some 60 lives by setting fire to Muslims' homes, then keeping firefighters away for hours. Soap opera actress Mary Stuart, who had starred in "Search for Tomorrow" for some 35 years, died in New York at age 75.

Five years ago: A federal judge in Miami ruled that suspected al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla was competent to stand trial on terrorism support charges, rejecting arguments that he was severely damaged by 3 1/2 years of interrogation and isolation in a military brig. Wall Street rebounded fitfully from the previous session's 416-point plunge in the Dow industrials as investors took comfort from comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that he still expected moderate economic growth. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. died in New York at age 89.

One year ago: The United States and European allies intensified efforts to isolate Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, redoubling demands for him to step down, questioning his mental state and warning that those who stayed loyal to him risked losing their wealth and facing prosecution for human rights abuses. Actress and World War II pin-up bombshell Jane Russell died in Santa Maria, Calif., at age 89. French actress Annie Girardot died in Paris at age 79.

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Today's Birthdays: Producer Saul Zaentz is 91. Actor Charles Durning is 89. Architect Frank Gehry is 83. Actor Gavin MacLeod is 81. Actor Don Francks is 80. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 73. Hall of Fame auto racer Mario Andretti is 72. Singer Joe South is 72. Actor Frank Bonner is 70. Actress Kelly Bishop is 68. Actress Stephanie Beacham is 65. Writer-director Mike Figgis is 64. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 64. Actress Bernadette Peters is 64. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is 64. Actress Ilene Graff is 63. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is 59. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 57. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Adrian Dantley is 56. Actor John Turturro is 55. Rock singer Cindy Wilson is 55. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 51. Actress Maxine Bahns is 43. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 43. Rock singer Pat Monahan is 43. Author Daniel Handler (AKA "Lemony Snicket") is 42. Actor Rory Cochrane is 40. Actress Ali Larter is 36. Country singer Jason Aldean is 35. Actor Geoffrey Arend is 34. Actress Michelle Horn is 25. Actor Bobb'e J. Thompson is 16.

Other notable birthdays, Feb. 28:
1929, Hayden Fry, American football coach
1931, Dean Smith, American basketball coach
1946, Don Francisco, American songwriter and musician
1951, Jim Wohlford, American baseball player
1954, Brian Billick, American football coach
1958, Jack Abramoff, American businessman, political figure and convict
1973, Eric Lindros, Canadian ice hockey player
1974, Tangi Miller, American actress
1975, Mike Rucker, American football player
1976, Ali Larter, American actress and model
1980, Tayshaun Prince, American basketball player
1981, Brian Bannister, American baseball player
1985, Fefe Dobson, Canadian singer
1985, Jelena Janković, Serbian tennis player
1988, Aroldis Chapman, Cuban baseball player
1989, Charles Jenkins, American basketball player

Born on this day, Feb. 28, passed away:
1901, Linus Pauling, American chemist and activist, Nobel laureate (d. 1994)
1903, Vincente Minnelli, American film director (d. 1986)
1906, Bugsy Siegel, American gangster (d. 1947)
1907, Milton Caniff, American cartoonist (d. 1988)
1908, Billie Bird, American actress (d. 2002)
1915, Zero Mostel, American actor (d. 1977)
1938, Foge Fazio, American college football coach (d. 2009)
1939, John Fahey, American steel-string acoustic guitarist (d. 2001)
1942, Brian Jones, English musician (The Rolling Stones) (d. 1969)
1945, Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (d. 2011)
1960, Dorothy Stratten, Canadian actress (d. 1980)

Notable deaths, Feb. 28:
1916, Henry James, American writer (b. 1843)
1967, Henry Luce, American publisher (b. 1898)
1974, Bobby Bloom, American singer and songwriter (b. 1946)
1977, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, American actor (b. 1905)
1986, Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden (b. 1927)
1993, Ruby Keeler, Canadian actress and dancer (b. 1910)
2002, Mary Stuart, American actress (b. 1926)
2005, Chris Curtis, English singer and musician (The Searchers) (b. 1941)
2007, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian and political commentator (b. 1917)
2007, Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) (b. 1946)
2008, Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)
2009, Paul Harvey, American radio broadcaster (b. 1918)
2011, Annie Girardot, French actress (b. 1931)
2011, Jane Russell, American actress (b. 1921)

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Today is Thursday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2013. There are 306 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 28, 1993, a gun battle erupted at a religious compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to arrest Branch Davidian leader David Koresh on weapons charges; four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began. (The siege ended April 19 as fire erupted while federal agents smashed their way into the compound; Koresh and 78 other people were killed.)

One year ago: Republican Mitt Romney won presidential primary victories in Arizona and Michigan. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, announced she would not seek re-election, citing what she called the increasingly polarized climate of Washington. Angela Castro, 88, an elder sister of Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul Castro, died in Havana.

Today's Birthdays: Producer Saul Zaentz is 92. Architect Frank Gehry is 84. Actor Gavin MacLeod is 82. Actor Don Francks is 81. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 74. Hall of Fame auto racer Mario Andretti is 73. Actor Frank Bonner is 71. Actress Kelly Bishop is 69. Actress Stephanie Beacham is 66. Writer-director Mike Figgis is 65. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 65. Actress Bernadette Peters is 65. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is 65. Actress Ilene Graff is 64. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is 60. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 58. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Adrian Dantley is 57. Actor John Turturro is 56. Rock singer Cindy Wilson is 56. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 52. Actress Maxine Bahns is 44. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 44. Rock singer Pat Monahan is 44. Author Daniel Handler (AKA "Lemony Snicket") is 43. Actor Rory Cochrane is 41. Actress Ali Larter is 37. Country singer Jason Aldean is 36. Actor Geoffrey Arend is 35. Actress Michelle Horn is 26. Actor Bobb'e J. Thompson is 17.

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Today is Friday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2014. There are 306 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 28, 2013, Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign, ending an eight-year pontificate shaped by struggles to move the Catholic Church past sex abuse scandals and to reawaken Christianity in an indifferent world. (Benedict was succeeded the following month by Pope Francis.)

Ten years ago: Iraq's [sign in to see URL] leaders failed to meet a deadline for adopting an interim constitution. Six-nation talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program ended in Beijing with an agreement to hold more negotiations. The Bow Mariner, a tanker carrying ethanol, exploded and sank off the Virginia coast; 21 crew members died while six men survived. Former Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin died in Washington, D.C. at age 89.

Five years ago: Paul Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation's most familiar voices, died in Phoenix at age 90. Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent NFL defensive lineman Corey Smith and former South Florida player William Bleakley died when their boat overturned in rough seas off the coast of Florida.

One year ago: President Barack Obama urged the Supreme Court to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban and turn a skeptical eye on similar prohibitions across the country. Bradley Manning, the Army private arrested in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, pleaded guilty at Fort Meade, Md., to 10 charges involving illegal possession or distribution of classified material. (Manning, who has since adopted the female identity Chelsea Manning, was sentenced to up to 35 years in prison after being convicted of additional charges in a court-martial.) In Seffner, Fla., a sinkhole opened up under a man's bedroom and swallowed him up without a trace; Jeff Bush is presumed dead.

Today's Birthdays: Architect Frank Gehry is 85. Actor Gavin MacLeod is 83. Actor Don Francks is 82. Singer Sam the Sham is 77. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 75. Hall of Fame auto racer Mario Andretti is 74. Actor Frank Bonner is 72. Actress Kelly Bishop is 70. Actress Stephanie Beacham is 67. Writer-director Mike Figgis is 66. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 66. Actress Bernadette Peters is 66. Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu is 66. Actress Ilene Graff is 65. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is 61. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 59. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Adrian Dantley is 59. Actor John Turturro is 57. Rock singer Cindy Wilson is 57. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 53. Actress Maxine Bahns is 45. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 45. Rock singer Pat Monahan is 45. Author Daniel Handler (AKA "Lemony Snicket") is 44. Actress Tasha Smith is 43. Actor Rory Cochrane is 42. Actress Ali Larter is 38. Country singer Jason Aldean is 37. Actor Geoffrey Arend is 36. Actress Michelle Horn is 27. Actress Quinn Shephard (TV: "Hostages") is 19. Actor Bobb'e J. Thompson is 18.

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Today is Saturday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2015. There are 306 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 28, 1940, the first televised college basketball games were broadcast by New York City station W2XBS as Pittsburgh defeated Fordham, 57-37, and New York University beat Georgetown, 50-27, at Madison Square Garden.

Ten years ago: In Santa Maria, Calif., the prosecution and defense gave opening statements in the sexual molestation trial of Michael Jackson, who was later acquitted. A U.S. District Judge, Joan Humphrey Lefkow, discovered the bodies of her husband and mother inside her Chicago home. (An unemployed electrician confessed to the murders in a suicide note.) A suicide car bombing targeted at security recruits killed 125 people in Hillah, Iraq. Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigned amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.

Five years ago: Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal in overtime to give Canada a 3-2 victory over the United States in the final event of the Vancouver Olympics. Canada earned its 14th gold medal, the most by any country at any Winter Olympics. The American silver was the 37th medal won by the United States at these games, also the most by any country at any Winter Olympics. (The U.S. won the medals race for the first time since 1932.)

One year ago: Delivering a blunt warning to Moscow, President Barack Obama expressed deep concern over reported military activity inside Ukraine by Russia and warned "there will be costs" for any intervention.

Today's Birthdays: Architect Frank Gehry is 86. Actor Gavin MacLeod is 84. Actor Don Francks is 83. Singer Sam the Sham is 78. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 76. Hall of Fame auto racer Mario Andretti is 75. Actor Frank Bonner is 73. Actress Kelly Bishop is 71. Actress Stephanie Beacham is 68. Writer-director Mike Figgis is 67. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 67. Actress Bernadette Peters is 67. Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu is 67. Actress Ilene Graff is 66. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is 62. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 60. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Adrian Dantley is 60. Actor John Turturro is 58. Rock singer Cindy Wilson is 58. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 54. Actress Maxine Bahns is 46. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 46. Rock singer Pat Monahan is 46. Author Daniel Handler (AKA "Lemony Snicket") is 45. Actress Tasha Smith is 44. Actor Rory Cochrane is 43. Actress Ali Larter is 39. Country singer Jason Aldean is 38. Actor Geoffrey Arend is 37. Actress Michelle Horn is 28. Actress Madisen Beaty (TV: "The Fosters") is 20. Actress Quinn Shephard is 20. Actor Bobb'e J. Thompson is 19.

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Today is Sunday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2016. There are 307 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 28, 1996, Britain's Princess Diana agreed to divorce Prince Charles. (Their 15-year marriage officially ended in Aug. 1996; Diana died in a car crash in Paris a year after that.)

Ten years ago: A 20-year-old legal fight over protests outside abortion clinics ended with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling 8-0 that federal extortion and racketeering laws could not be used against demonstrators. The first Mardi Gras since Hurricane Katrina drew a smaller-than-usual turnout.

Five years ago: The United States and European allies intensified efforts to isolate Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, redoubling demands for him to step down, questioning his mental state and warning that those who stayed loyal to him risked losing their wealth and facing prosecution for human rights abuses. Actress Jane Russell died in Santa Maria, Calif., at age 89. French actress Annie Girardot died in Paris at age 79.

One year ago: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced his country would shrink the size of the U.S. Embassy staff, limit the activities of U.S. diplomats and require American tourists to apply for visas, saying that "gringo" meddling had forced him to adopt the series of restrictive measures. An Egyptian court declared Hamas a "terror organization," further isolating the rulers of the Gaza Strip. Death claimed NFL player and coach Tom Bettis at age 81; baseball player Alex Johnson at age 72; and basketball player Anthony Mason at age 48.
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Today's Birthdays: Architect Frank Gehry is 87. Actor Gavin MacLeod is 85. Actor Don Francks is 84. Singer Sam the Sham is 79. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 77. Hall of Fame auto racer Mario Andretti is 76. Actor Frank Bonner is 74. Actress Kelly Bishop is 72. Actress Stephanie Beacham is 69. Writer-director Mike Figgis is 68. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 68. Actress Bernadette Peters is 68. Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu is 68. Actress Ilene Graff is 67. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is 63. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 61. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Adrian Dantley is 61. Actor John Turturro is 59. Rock singer Cindy Wilson is 59. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 55. Actress Maxine Bahns is 47. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 47. Rock singer Pat Monahan is 47. Author Daniel Handler (AKA "Lemony Snicket") is 46. Actress Tasha Smith is 45. Actor Rory Cochrane is 44. Actress Ali Larter is 40. Country singer Jason Aldean is 39. Actor Geoffrey Arend is 38. Actress Michelle Horn is 29. Actress Madisen Beaty is 21. Actress Quinn Shephard is 21. Actor Bobb'e J. Thompson is 20.

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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2017. There are 306 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 28, 1917, The Associated Press reported that the United States had obtained a diplomatic communication sent by German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann to a German official in Mexico; the "Zimmermann Note," which had been intercepted and decoded by Britain, proposed a German alliance with Mexico and Japan should the U.S. enter World War I. (Outrage over the telegram helped propel America into the conflict.)

Ten years ago: A federal judge in Miami ruled that suspected al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla was competent to stand trial on terrorism support charges, rejecting arguments that he was severely damaged by 3 1/2 years of interrogation and isolation in a military brig. (Padilla was convicted later in the year of supporting al-Qaida and terrorism conspiracy and was sentenced to 17 years in prison, a term that was later increased to 21 years.) Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. died in New York at age 89.

Five years ago: Republican Mitt Romney won presidential primary victories in Arizona and Michigan. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, announced she would not seek re-election, citing what she called the increasingly polarized climate of Washington. Angela Castro, 88, an elder sister of Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul Castro, died in Havana. Matt Kenseth won his second Daytona 500, holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a post-midnight victory after rain had postponed the start of the race for the first time in its 54-year history from Sunday to Monday.

One year ago: One of Pope Francis' top advisers, Australian Cardinal George Pell, testifying before an investigative commission in Sydney via videolink from Rome, acknowledged that the Catholic Church had made "enormous mistakes" in allowing thousands of children to be raped and molested by priests over centuries. "Spotlight" won the Academy Award for best picture of 2015; Brie Larson was recognized as best actress for "Room" while Leonardo DiCaprio was named best actor for "The Revenant." Oscar-winning actor George Kennedy, 91, died in Middleton, Idaho.

Today's Birthdays — Feb. 28: Architect Frank Gehry is 88. Actor Gavin MacLeod is 86. Singer Sam the Sham is 80. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 78. Hall of Fame auto racer Mario Andretti is 77. Actor Frank Bonner is 75. Actress Kelly Bishop is 73. Actress Stephanie Beacham is 70. Writer-director Mike Figgis is 69. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 69. Actress Bernadette Peters is 69. Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu is 69. Actress Ilene Graff is 68. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is 64. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 62. Basketball Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley is 62. Actor John Turturro is 60. Rock singer Cindy Wilson is 60. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 56. Actress Maxine Bahns is 48. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 48. Rock singer Pat Monahan is 48. Author Daniel Handler (aka "Lemony Snicket") is 47. Actress Tasha Smith is 46. Actor Rory Cochrane is 45. Actress Ali Larter is 41. Country singer Jason Aldean is 40. Actor Geoffrey Arend is 39. Actress Michelle Horn is 30. Actress True O'Brien (TV: "Days of Our Lives") is 23. Actress Madisen Beaty is 22. Actress Quinn Shephard is 22. Actor Bobb'e J. Thompson is 21.

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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2018. There are 306 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Purim begins at sunset.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 28, 1993, a gun battle erupted at a religious compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to arrest Branch Davidian leader David Koresh on weapons charges; four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush told a White House news conference the country was not recession-bound; Democratic candidate Barack Obama said the economy was "on the brink of a recession" and blamed economic policies espoused by Bush and Republican presidential contender John McCain. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told his Turkish counterpart that Turkey should end its offensive against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq as soon as possible. Mike Smith, lead singer for the British band the Dave Clark Five, died outside London at age 64.



Five years ago: Benedict XVI became the first pope in 600 years to resign, ending an eight-year pontificate. (Benedict was succeeded the following month by Pope Francis.) Bradley Manning, the Army private arrested in the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, pleaded guilty at Fort Meade, Md., to 10 charges involving illegal possession or distribution of classified material. (Manning, who later adopted the female identity Chelsea Manning, was sentenced to up to 35 years in prison after being convicted of additional charges in a court-martial, but had her sentence commuted in 2017 by President Barack Obama.)



One year ago: Heralding a "new chapter of American greatness," President Donald Trump issued a broad call for overhauling the nation's health care system and significantly boosting military spending in an hourlong speech to a joint session of Congress. Dozens of tornadoes began touching down in the upper Midwest and northern Arkansas, killing at least three people. Amazon's cloud-computing service, Amazon Web Services, experienced a five-hour outage in its eastern U.S. region, causing unprecedented and widespread problems for thousands of websites and apps.



Today's Birthdays — Feb. 28: Architect Frank Gehry is 89. Actor Gavin MacLeod is 87. Singer Sam the Sham is 81. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 79. Hall of Fame auto racer Mario Andretti is 78. Actor Frank Bonner is 76. Actress Kelly Bishop is 74. Actress Stephanie Beacham is 71. Writer-director Mike Figgis is 70. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 70. Actress Bernadette Peters is 70. Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu is 70. Actress Ilene Graff is 69. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is 65. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 63. Basketball Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley is 63. Actor John Turturro is 61. Rock singer Cindy Wilson is 61. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 57. Actress Maxine Bahns is 49. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 49. Rock singer Pat Monahan is 49. Author Daniel Handler (aka "Lemony Snicket") is 48. Actress Tasha Smith is 47. Actor Rory Cochrane is 46. Actress Ali Larter is 42. Country singer Jason Aldean is 41. Actor Geoffrey Arend is 40. Actress Melanie Chandra (TV: "Code Black") is 34. Actress Michelle Horn is 31. Actress True O'Brien is 24. Actress Madisen Beaty is 23. Actress Quinn Shephard is 23. Actor Bobb'e J. Thompson is 22.

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