February 28

1854 Fifty people in Ripon, Wisconsin, call for the formation of a new political party, giving birth to the Republican Party.

1906 Gangster Benjamin ”Bugsy“ Siegel is born. He dies in 1947.

1968 Planet Of The Apes, starring Charlton Heston, opens nationwide.

1970 Led Zeppelin performs in Copenhagen, Denmark, under the name the Nobs, due to a threatened lawsuit over use of the word Zeppelin by Eva Von Zeppelin, a descendent of the German count who designed the first dirigible.

1977 The Kiss album Dressed To Kill is certified gold.

1979 During a Cure concert in Bournemouth, England, a girl pulls off her boyfriend’s ear.

1983 After 255 episodes, M*A*S*H airs for the last time. The two-and-a-half-hour final episode is the most-watched TV show of all time.

1993 A gun battle takes place at a compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco And Firearms agents try to serve warrants on Branch Davidian cult members. Four agents and six Davidians are killed, and a 51-day standoff begins that ends in a disastrous fire that kills most of those inside the compound.

1994 Lorena Bobbitt is released from a state mental hospital after five weeks, following her acquittal by reason of insanity for cutting off her husband John Wayne Bobbitt‘s penis.

1996 A reunited Kiss appears in full makeup at the Grammy Awards.

2001 A magnitude-6.8 earthquake hits the Pacific Northwest, sending terrified people into the streets of Seattle and Portland, and causing millions of dollars in damage. The quake is the strongest to hit Washington state in 52 years.

2003 KISS performs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne, Australia.

2005 Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst confirms that a three-minute, homemade movie posted online, of him having unprotected sex with an unidentified female, was hacked from his personal computer.

2005 Static-X issues a statement announcing that they’ve split with guitarist Tripp Eisen, following Eisen’s arrest four days earlier on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.