February 28

Racing driver Mario Andretti was born in 1940. He is one of the most successful American drivers in the history of auto racing. During his career, Andretti won the 1978 Formula One World Championship and the 1969 Indianapolis 500. No American has won a Formula One race since his victory in 1978. The Associated Press named Andretti the Driver of the Century in the year 2000. He has been enshrined in several racing Halls of Fame.

Economist Paul Krugman was born in 1953. He is a Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Centenary Professor at the London School of Economics, and an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. Krugman is known for his work in international economics and is thought by many to be one of the most influential economic thinkers in our nation. He is a graduate of MIT and Yale University. Krugman won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2008.

The First Gulf War ended in 1991. It was a war waged by coalition forces from 34 nations, led by the United Sates, in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990. This war is also known as the Persian Gulf War, the First Gulf War, Kuwait War, or the First Iraq War. It was sometimes referred to as Operation Iraqi Freedom. Economic sanctions were also imposed on Iraq. Kuwait was eventually liberated, but numerous oil wells were set on fire by Iraqi forces. The United States suffered 148 battle deaths, while estimates put Iraqi losses between 20,000-30,000.

On February 28, 1993, a raid by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms resulted in the deaths of four agents and six members of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. A 51-day standoff then ensued. A final assault was launched on April 19, which ended in a fire that killed 78 Branch Davidians, a religious cult led by David Koresh.

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI became official in 2013. Joseph Ratzinger had become the pope in 2005 succeeding Pope John Paul II. Previously, he had been Archbishop of Munich and Freising and a cardinal.  Benedict became the first pope in Gregory XII resigned in 1415. He cited his deteriorating strength and the physical demands of the papacy as causes for his resignation.

Larry Moskal began his career as a Social Studies teacher in 1971. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with degrees in history and education. Larry taught Social Studies for the Ken-Ton School system, a suburban school system north of Buffalo, New York until 2005, and then taught and was the Dean of Students at San Miguel High School in Tucson. At Ken-Ton, he pioneered several online courses for high school students. In the 1980s, he spent three years teaching in Colombia, South America and spent four years at Lewiston-Porter High School. He currently is the PowerSchool Administrator for San Miguel accomplishing his work over the Internet.