To­day in his­tory

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On Feb. 28, 1784, John Wes­ley signed a dec­la­ra­tion for­mal­iz­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of the Wes­leyan faith, or Method­ism.

In 1827 the first U.S. rail­road char­tered to carry pas­sen­gers and freight, the Bal­ti­more and Ohio Rail­road Co., was in­cor­po­rated.

In 1844 a 12-inch gun aboard the USS Prince­ton ex­ploded, killing Sec­re­tary of State Abel Up­shur, Navy Sec­re­tary Thomas Gilmer and sev­eral oth­ers.

In 1849 the ship Cal­i­for­nia ar­rived at San Fran­cisco, car­ry­ing the first of the gold-seek­ers.

In 1854 about 50 slav­ery op­po­nents met in Ripon, Wis., to call for cre­ation of a new po­lit­i­cal group, which be­came the Repub­li­can Party.

In 1861 the Ter­ri­tory of Colorado was or­ga­nized.

In 1890 Rus­sian dancer Vaslav Ni­jin­sky was born in Kiev.

In 1894 nov­el­ist, play­wright and jour­nal­ist Ben Hecht was born in New York.

In 1901 Li­nus Paul­ing, the chemist and physi­cist who won two No­bel Prizes/ cq; chem prize in ‘54; peace prize in ‘62 and­was an out­spo­ken ad­vo­cate of vi­ta­min C, was born in Port­land, Ore.

In 1906 gang­ster Ben­jamin “Bugsy” Siegel was born in Brook­lyn, N.Y.

In1907 comic-strip artist Mil­ton Can­iff, cre­ator of “Terry and the Pi­rates” and “Steve Canyon,” was born in Hills­boro, Ohio.

In1910 film di­rec­tor Vin­cente Min­nelli was born in Chicago.

In 1915 en­ter­tainer Zero Mos­tel was born Sa­muel Joel Mos­tel in New York. .

In 1996 Bri­tain’s Princess Diana agreed to di­vorce Prince Charles.

In 2001 a mag­ni­tude-6.8 earth­quake left about 300 in­jured and caused ex­ten- sive dam­age in the Seat­tle area.

In 2003 NASA re­leased video taken aboard Columbia that had mirac­u­lously sur­vived the fiery de­struc­tion of the space shut­tle with the loss of all seven as­tro­nauts; in the footage, four of the crew mem­bers can be seen do­ing rou­tine chores and ad­mir­ing the view out­side the cock­pit. Also in 2003 the 9th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals stood by its rul­ing that recit­ing the Pledge of Al­le­giance in pub­lic schools was un­con­sti­tu­tional be­cause of the­words “un­der God.”

JAMAL A. WIL­SON/AFP

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