Another look into what has happened on this day in the past, historical events of note, famous birthdays or any other points of interest that have occurred on this day.

The four centuries of ruling by the Han Dynasty in China began on this day in 202 BC with the coronation of Liu Bang becoming Emperor Gaozu of Han.


Henry the Young King was born on this day in 1155, he was the son of Henry II of England and became king when he was just 15 years old.


Margaret of Scotland was born on this day in 1261 at Windsor Castle near London, England. She later married to become the Queen of Norway.


On this day in 1525, Cuauhtemoc the leader of the Aztec’s in what is today Mexico was executed by the invading Spaniards on charges of conspiring to kill Hernan Cortes and other Spanish nobles. He had survived being tortured and refused to give the whereabouts of the gold the Spanish invaders coveted under the duress of torture.


The Scottish National Covenant was signed on this day in 1638 in Edinburgh, the covenanters were a movement of Scottish Presbytarians that helped play an important part in Scottish history during the 17th century.


On this day in 1710 during the Battle of Helsingborg around 14,000 invaders from Denmark under the command of Jorgen Rantzau were defeated by a force of equal numbers from Sweden under the control of Magnus Stenbock.


The Methodist Church founded by Englishman John Wesley can trace its roots to this day in 1784.


With the incorporation of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad on this day in 1827 it became the first one in the US to transport by rail both people and freight.


The leader of the Patriotes, Robert Nelson, on this day in 1838 declared the independence of Lower Canada, in what is today Quebec.


While travelling along the Potomac River in 1844 a gun on the USS Princeton exploded killing eight people, included in that number were two members of the US Cabinet.


A regular service by steamboat between the west coast of the US and the east began when the SS California arrived in the harbour of San Francisco, 4 months and 22 days after departing from New York.


The American Telephone and Telegraph Company was incorporated in New York State in 1885 as a subsidiary of American Bell Telephone.


On this day in 1893, the USS Indiana was launched, it was at that time a leader in its class and the first battleship from the US that could be comparable to battleships of foreign navy’s.

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  • BruceW on Feb 28, 2011

    Interesting. I didn’t realise that Margaret, daughter of the King Alexander III of Scotland was born at Windsor. A quick web search confirms this, but I can’t find a record of why Alexander III’s wife was down in England and not at his own court. I wonder if she simply wanted to be around her own family when she gave birth for the first time (she was an English princess) or whether there was another reason.

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