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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

On this day Feb 28th: IRA kill 9 RUC officers

On this day February 28th:
1900-The four-month siege of the British garrison at Ladysmith in Natal, South Africa, ended as a relief force broke through the Boers at Spion Kop. There were extraordinary scenes of jubilation throughout Britain.
1931-Sir Oswald Mosley formed the "New Party" which he said was dedicated to turning parliament "from a talk-shop into a workshop". The party later evolved into the British Union of Fascists.
1933-Gleichschaltung: The Reichstag Fire Decree (Reichstagsbrandverordnung the Order of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State) was issued by German President Paul von Hindenburg in direct response to the Reichstag fire. The Nazis were thus able to crush a communist plot to turn Germany into a Bolshevik state by revolution.
1940- Russian forces overran the second line of Finnish defences on the Karelian Isthmus.
1942-Race riot at Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit.
1944-Hannah Reitsch suggested to Adolf Hitler that they create the Nazi version of a kamikaze squad of suicide bombers. Reitsch was the first female test pilot in the world and set more than 40 world records for flying powered and motorless planes.
1985-The Marxist Provisional IRA carried out a mortar attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary police station at Newry, killing nine officers in the highest loss of life for the RUC on a single day.
1998-Kosovo War: Serbian police began an offensive against Albanian terrorist gangs in Kosovo.

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