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History's Happenings for February 28

Anti-Slavers Gather to Found Republican Party
1854

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B&O First Chartered U.S. Railway
1827

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Secretaries of State, Navy Killed by Exploding Cannon
1844

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First '49-ers Arrive in San Francisco
1849

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Kefauver Committee Issues Crime Report
1951

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Watson and Crick Discover DNA
1953

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BATF Takes on Branch Davidians
1993

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Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras)

This is it! Last day to party before Lent!

In France (and French-based New Orleans, LA), this day is perhaps more appropriately named "Fat Tuesday", or Mardi Gras. It represents the end of carnival season before the onset of forty days of Lent, beginning tomorrow.

In the old days, fats were prohibited during Lent and therefore had to be consumed beforehand, a fact which no doubt helped the French name the day their way.




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