Today in history 2/28/2017

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2/28/2017:

Today in history, Westminster Abbey, the most famous church in England, opens its doors in 1066.

Today in history, Thomas West (see picture below) is appointed governor of Virginia in 1610.

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Today in history, Colonel Alexander Doniphan (see picture below) and his ragtag Missouri Mounted Volunteers ride to victory at the Battle of Sacramento, during the Mexican War in 1847.

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Today in history, The territory of Colorado is established in 1861.

Today in history, After a 119-day siege by the Boers, the surrounded British troops in Ladysmith, South Africa, are relieved in 1900.

Today in history, Haiti becomes the first U.S. protectorate in 1916.

Today in history, The Japanese Army restores order in Tokyo and arrests officers involved in a coup in 1936.

Today in history, U.S. tanks break the natural defense line west of the Rhine and cross the Erft River in 1945.

Today in history, U.S. warplanes shoot down four Serb aircraft over Bosnia in the first NATO use of force in the troubled area in 1994.

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