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Today in history: Feb 28

1944: The West Indies closed the third day against Pakistan in the third Test at Kingston on a mammoth 504 for 1, with Conrad Hunte on 242 and Gary Sobers on 228. They were helped by an injury-ravaged Pakistan attack, which contained only two fit specialist bowlers. This was the day before Sobers went on to hit his legendary 365.

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 12:52 IST
Bakhtiar Dababhoy
Bakhtiar Dababhoy

• 1305: The Scottish patriot Sir William Wallace leader of the Scottish resistance forces during the first years of the long, and ultimately successful, struggle to free Scotland from English rule was hanged, drawn, beheaded and quartered in London. In 1306 Robert the Bruce raised the rebellion that eventually won independence for Scotland.

• 1926: Death of silent-screen idol Rudolph Valentino, aged 31, triggering mass hysteria and several suicides. He was buried in Hollywood Memorial Park. Each year on the anniversary of his death, a mysterious "Lady in Black" appeared at his tomb and left a single red rose.

• 1938: In the fifth Test against Australia at The Oval, Len Hutton scored a world record 364 (and now the third highest ) in 13 hours and 17 minutes. That was more than England’s totals in each of their last ten innings. England were all out for a record 903 (now the second highest total of all time).

• 1943: The battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history involving 6,000 tanks and 2000,000 troops and 4,000 aircraft ended. This battle, which started on 5 July was an unsuccessful German assault on the Soviet city of Kursk.

• 1973: Four employees of the Sveriges Kreditbank, Stockholm were taken hostage in the bank’s vault by a gunman, Jan-Erik Olsson, a 32-year-old thief and burglar. They were held hostage for 131 hours and after their release it was found that the victims had feelings of gratitude towards their captors and even visited them in prison. This incident gave us the term ‘Stockholm syndrome.

First Published: Feb 28, 2006 12:52 IST