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This Day In History: Feb. 28

Today is the 59th day of 2008 and the 69th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1954, James Watson and Francis Crick identified the double-helix structure of DNA in a Columbia University laboratory. In 1983, the last episode of the TV series M*A*S*H aired on national television. In 1993, federal agents stormed the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Michel de Montaigne (1553-1592), essayist; Vincente Minnelli (1910-1986), film director; Zero Mostel (1915-1977), actor/comedian; Bernadette Peters (1948- ), Broadway performer, is 60; Paul Krugman (1953- ), columnist/economist, is 55; John Turturro (1957- ), actor, is 51.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1960, the U.S. hockey team defeated Czechoslovakia, 9-4, to win their first Olympic gold medal in Squaw Valley, CA.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Men are most apt to believe what they least understand." - Michel de Montaigne

TODAY'S FACT: The highest-rated single TV show in history was the last episode of M*A*S*H, seen by 60.2% of TV-owning households, then about 50 million households.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 1 - number of gold medals won by the U.S. men's hockey team since 1960. They have finished second twice.

TODAY'S MOON: Last quarter (February 28).

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