Sunday, February 28, 2010


1896 - The Supreme Council of the secret Philippine revolutionary society Kataas-taasang, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK) appoints Emilio Jacinto and three other committee members to negotiate the purchase of arms and ammunition from Japan; in about five months, the revolution against Spanish colonial rule will break out in the Southeast Asian archipelago.

293 - The Tetrachy is created in Rome as Diocletian picks as his subordinate Caesar, C. Galerius Valerius Maximianus; Galerius wil govern majority of the Balkan provinces while his future father-in-law Diocletian will govern the remaining territories in the east; Maximian chooses Flavus as his Caesa Valerius Constantius, who will become his son-in-law and who will govern Gaul.

1950 - One of Britain's top nuclear scientist, Klaus Emil Julius Fuchs, is jailed for 14 years following his plead of guilty on four counts of passing enemy secrets to the Soviet Union; Fuchs was a German who fled from Nazi prosecution in the 1930s but he was secretly a devoted communist who spied for the Soviets for most of the 1940s.

1973 - Palestinian gunmen belonging to the Black September group storm the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Sudan's capital city of Khartoum, taking hostage several diplomats, including American deputy ambassador George Curtis Moore; the gunmen will murder Moore and two others after their initial demands were refused but they will eventually release the remaining hostages and surrender to Sudanese authorities.

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