Feb. 28Events this date:

1854-The Republican Party of the United States is organized in Ripon, Wisconsin.

1935-Nylon is discovered by Wallace Carothers.

1939-The word "Dord" is discovered in the Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition, prompting an investigation.

1953-James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; formal announcement April 25 following publication in April Nature (pub. April 2).

1991-First Gulf War ends. 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.

Born this date:

1906-Bugsy Siegel, American gangster (d. 1947)

1915-Zero Mostel, American actor (d. 1977)

1930-Gavin MacLeod, American actor

1939-Tommy Tune, American dancer

1940-Mario Andretti, Italian-American race car driver and one-time F1 world champion

1955-Gilbert Gottfried, American comedian

1973-Eric Lindros, Canadian ice hockey player.

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