2005: Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling. He had taken off from Salina, Kansas, in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer on Feb. 28, 2005, and flew eastbound with the prevailing winds, returning to Salina after a trip of 67 hours, one minute, 10 seconds. The following year, Fossett flew the GlobalFlyer for the longest aircraft flight distance in history, traveling 25,766 miles after flying eastbound from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida around the world once and then continuing across the Atlantic Ocean a second time to arrive in Kent, England.
2004: Belgian brewer Interbrew and Brazilian rival AmBev agree to merge in a $11.2 billion deal that forms InBev, the world's largest brewer. Four years later InBev would buy Anheuser-Busch for a total value of $52 billion, creating an even bigger company named Anheuser-Busch InBev.
1993: Albert Sabin (pictured at right), the medical researcher best known for having developed an oral polio vaccine in 1955, dies of heart failure at the age of 86 in Washington, D.C. Sabin's vaccine effectively eliminated polio from the United States. He's seen here in 1985 with Robert C. Gallo (left), best known for his work with HIV and AIDS.
1991: An amateur video captures the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers following a high-speed car chase while King was on parole for robbery. Four officers were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force, but were eventually acquitted, setting off the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The case was retried by a federal grand jury, with two of the officers found guilty in April 1993 and subsequently imprisoned.
1987: Actor, singer and dancer Danny Kaye, who starred in movies such as "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "The Inspector General," "Hans Christian Andersen," "White Christmas" and "The Court Jester," dies of a heart attack at age 74 in Los Angeles, California.
1983: Belgian comic book writer and artist Herg��, best known for the "The Adventures of Tintin" comic book series, dies at age 75 in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium. Herg��, whose real name was Georges Prosper Remi, wrote and illustrated the series from 1929 until his death. He is also known for two other comic book series, "Quick & Flupke" and "Jo, Zette and Jocko."
1982: Actress Jessica Biel, best known for her roles on the TV series "7th Heaven" and in movies such as "Blade: Trinity," "The A-Team" and "New Year's Eve," is born in Ely, Minnesota.
1980: The USS Nautilus, the world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine, is decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register. The Nautilus also became the first vessel to complete a submerged transit to the North Pole on Aug. 3, 1958. The submarine is seen here permanently docked at the U.S. Submarine Force Museum and Library in Groton, Connecticut.
1974: Actor David Faustino, best known for playing Bud Bundy on the sitcom "Married��� with Children," is born in Los Angeles, California.
1974: Turkish Airlines Flight 981 crashes in the Ermenonville Forest near Paris, France, killing all 346 aboard. The London-bound flight crashed after the rear cargo hatch blew off, causing decompression and severing cables that left the pilots without control. The incident is the deadliest crash involving a DC-10, the deadliest aviation crash to occur on French soil, the fourth deadliest aviation death count ever. Pictured is a memorial to the crash victims in the Ermenonville Forest.
1970: Actress Julie Bowen, best known for the sitcom "Modern Family," is born Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer in Baltimore, Maryland. Bowen, who has earned two Emmy Awards for her "Modern Family" role, is also known for the TV shows "Ed" and "Boston Legal" and for movies such as "Happy Gilmore," "Multiplicity" and "Joe Somebody."
1969: NASA launches Apollo 9 to test the command/service module and the lunar module. The mission's three-man crew spent 10 days in low Earth orbit testing several aspects critical to landing on the moon.
1966: Rapper and actor Tone L?c is born Anthony Terrell Smith in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for his late-1980s hit songs "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina" and for his roles in movies, including "Poetic Justice," "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" and "Heat."
1962: Jackie Joyner-Kersee, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, having won the heptathlon and long jump in 1988 and the heptathlon again in 1992, is born in East St. Louis, Illinois. She also competed in the 1984 and 1996 Olympic Games, won a silver and two bronze Olympic medals, and was a four-time world champion, twice in long jump and twice in the heptathlon.
1959: Actor and comedian Lou Costello (right), one-half of the famous comedy duo Abbott and Costello with Bud Abbott (left), dies of a heart attack at age 52 in Los Angeles.
1958: Actress Miranda Richardson, an Oscar-nominee for the 1990s movies "Damage" and "Tom & Viv," is born in Southport, Lancashire, England. She has also won two Golden Globes (for the movie "Enchanted April" and the TV movie "Fatherland") in seven career nominations and is also known for the British TV series "Blackadder," movies such as "The Crying Game," "The Evening Star," "Sleepy Hollow" and "The Hours," and for playing Rita Skeeter in two of the "Harry Potter" films.
1943: During World War II, 173 people are killed in a crush while trying to enter an air-raid shelter at London's Bethnal Green tube station. The accident is thought to have been the largest single loss of civilian life in the United Kingdom during World War II. Pictured is a plaque erected at the site in 1993.
1925: The U.S. Congress authorizes the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission. President Calvin Coolidge insisted that, along with George Washington, two Republicans and one Democrat be included in the final plans for the monument. Construction on the monument, which features Washington along with Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, began on Oct. 4, 1927, and lasted until Oct. 31, 1941.
1931: "The Star-Spangled Banner" is adopted at the U.S. national anthem by congressional resolution.
1923: Time magazine is published for the first time. The first issue cost 15 cents and featured Joseph G. Cannon, the retired speaker of the United States House of Representatives, on its cover.
1920: Actor James Doohan, best known for playing Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the "Star Trek" TV series and movies, is born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Doohan died of pneumonia at age 85 on July 20, 2005.
1915: The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the predecessor of NASA, is founded.
1913: Thousands of women march in a suffrage parade in Washington, D.C., organized by the suffragist Alice Paul for the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Although the parade started peacefully, the marchers were soon jeered and harassed by mostly male crowds. The march and the attention it attracted helped advance the issue of women's suffrage in the United States. Women eventually received the right to vote with the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment.
1911: Actress Jean Harlow, who became a 1930s sex symbol and is considered among the greatest movie stars despite her short career, is born Harlean Harlow Carpenter in Kansas City, Missouri. Harlow's first major role was a starring turn in the Howard Hughes-directed "Hell's Angels" in 1930. She went on to star in a string of hit films as a leading lady for MGM, including "Red Dust," "Dinner at Eight," "Reckless" and "Suzy," before dying of kidney failure at age 26 on June 7, 1937.
1887: Anne Sullivan arrives at the Alabama home of Arthur and Kate Keller to become the teacher of their blind and deaf 6-year-old daughter, Helen. It was the beginning of a 49-year relationship between the two, with Sullivan evolving first into a governess and then companion. The story of how Sullivan taught Keller how to communicate despite a near complete lack of language has become widely known through the play and film "The Miracle Worker."
1885: The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone Company. AT&T would end up acquiring Bell on Dec. 31, 1899, for legal reasons, leaving AT&T as the main company.
1875: The first ever organized indoor game of ice hockey is played at the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal, Canada. Pictured is another game played at the venue in 1893.
1875: Georges Bizet's opera "Carmen" premieres at the Op��ra-Comique in Paris, France.
1863: The National Enrollment Act of 1863 is signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln to provide fresh manpower for the Union Army during the American Civil War. The controversial law required the enrollment of every male citizen and those immigrants who had filed for citizenship between the ages of 20 and 45. It also set quotas for draftees by state, but allowed wealthy Americans the right to buy their way out of service for $300. In some cities, enforcement of the act sparked civil unrest, including the New York Draft Riots of July 13-16, 1863.
1847: Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor and engineer who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone, is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1845: Florida is admitted as the 27th U.S. state.
1776: During the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Nassau begins in the Bahamas with the first amphibious landing by the Continental Marines, the predecessor of the United States Marine Corps.