Feb 28, Jane Lathrop Stanford, the wife of Leland Stanford, died of suspected arsenic poisoning at the Moana Hotel in Honolulu. A coroner’s jury confirmed the result. Her body was
Feb 28, The earliest Women’s Day observance was held in New York. It was organized by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union.
Feb 28, Britain’s Princess Diana agreed to divorce Prince Charles
Feb 28, Dr. Ellen Feinberg (43) stabbed to death her 10-year-old son and wounded a younger son in Champaign, Ill.
Feb 28, The body of a young girl found outside San Diego, Ca., was positively identified as that of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, who’d disappeared from her bedroom about a month earlier; a neighbor, David Westerfield, was later convicted of her murder and sentenced to death.
Feb 28, In Paris the body of former top model KatouchaNiane (47) was found in the River Seine. The former model and speaker against female circumcision went missing in January. Her 2007 book, “Katoucha, In My Flesh,” described her own experience with female circumcision at age 9.
Feb 28, Legendary pinup star Jane Russell (89) died of respiratory failure. The screen legend shot to fame in the ’40s after starring in Howard Hughes’ 1941 western, ‘The Outlaw.’ She also starred in 1953’s ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ alongside Marilyn Monroe.
Feb 28, In Pakistan a Chinese woman was shot dead with a male companion in Peshawar. They were killed by gunmen on motorbikes while walking in the Kohati bazaar.
Feb 28, In Egypt dozens of Muslim residents threw firebombs and rocks at police as they tried to storm a church in southern Egypt in search of a woman suspected of converting to Christianity in the town of KomOmbo. Tensions rose after a 36 year-old Muslim woman, who has been missing for five days, was allegedly seen outside the church with a female Christian friend. The woman was reported found on Feb 2 and police said that “family and social reasons,” not religion, were behind her disappearance, and that she had not converted.