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Today in History
Today in History: Tuesday, February  28, 2017
AP Highlight in History:
On Feb. 28, 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot to death in central Stockholm.
AP Photo/Borje Thuresson
On this date in:
1827The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co. was incorporated.
1854About 50 slavery opponents met in Ripon, Wis., to call for creation of a new political group that became the Republican Party.
1861The Territory of Colorado was organized.
1940College basketball was televised for the first time as station W2XBS aired the Pittsburgh-Fordham and Georgetown-NYU games from Madison Square Garden in New York.
1953Scientists 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, at Cambridge University.
1960The U.S. Olympic hockey team won the gold medal, defeating Czechoslovakia 9-4 at Squaw Valley, Calif.
1972President Richard M. Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued the Shanghai Communique at the conclusion of Nixon's historic visit to China, a step toward the eventual normalization of relations between the two countries.
1974The United States and Egypt re-established diplomatic relations after a seven-year break.
1983The album "War" by U2 was released.
1991Allied and Iraqi forces suspended their attacks as Iraq pledged to accept all United Nations resolutions concerning Kuwait.
1993A gun battle erupted at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to serve warrants; four agents and six Davidians were killed and a 51-day standoff began.
2005Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigned amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.
AP Photo/Hussein Malla
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress-singer Bernadette Peters turns 69 years old today.
AP Photo/Peter Kramer
Gavin MacLeodActor ("Love Boat," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show")86
Dean SmithHall of Fame basketball coach86
Sam the ShamSinger80
Tommy TuneDancer, choreographer78
Mario AndrettiAuto racer77
Kelly BishopActress ("Gilmore Girls")73
Mercedes RuehlActress69
Adrian DantleyBasketball Hall of Famer62
Gilbert GottfriedComedian62
John TurturroActor60
Cindy WilsonRock singer (B-52s)60
Ken WhisenhuntFootball coach55
Robert Sean LeonardActor ("House")48
Eric LindrosHockey player44
Ali LarterActress ("Heroes")41