(Saturday, February 29, 1992) — To Be with You by Mr. Big was the #1 song today on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for three weeks (Feb. 29, March 7/14, 1992).
Video: Overture from the 'Barber of Seville'
(Wednesday, February 29, 1792) — Composer Gioachino Antonio Rossini, best-known for the opera The Barber of Seville, was born today in Pesaro, Italy.
(Saturday, February 28, 1942, during World War II) — The heavy cruiser USS Houston and the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth came under attack today by Japanese forces during Battle of Sunda Strait in the Netherlands East Indies. Both were sunk shortly after midnight. The Houston lost 693 men while the Perth lost 353.
(Saturday, February 28, 1942) — Moonlight Cocktail by Glenn Miller (with vocals by Ray Eberle and The Modernaires) was the #1 song on today’s Billboard’s Best Sellers in Stores chart for the first of 10 weeks (February 28, March 7/14/21/28, April 4/11/18/25, May 2, 1942).
The song was recorded on December 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Video: 'Fallin' performed by Alica Keys
(Wednesday, February 27, 2002) — Alicia Keys won five Grammy Awards tonight for her debut album Songs in A Minor, including Fallin (Song of The Year). Walk On by U2 won Record of the Year and O Brother, Where Art Thou? by various artists won Album of the Year.
Video: Shanghai Communique comes together (at 3:44)
(Sunday, February 27, 1972, 9:12 p.m. EST) — U.S. President Richard M. Nixon departed China this morning (10:12 a.m. local time, Feb. 28, 1972) with a goodbye wave from a solemn Premier Chou En-lai in his gray tunic. Nixon and his wife Pat spent a week in China, an important step in formally normalizing relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
(Saturday, February 27, 1982) — Open Arms by Journey peaked at #2 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for six weeks.
(Saturday, February 27, 1982) — Shake It Up by The Cars peaked at #4 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for three weeks.
Video: Shanghai Communique comes together (at 0:13)
(Sunday, February 27, 1972) — U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued the Shanghai Communique at the conclusion of Nixon’s historic visit to China, a step toward the eventual normalization of relations between the two countries.
(Friday, February 27, 1942, during World War II) — The Battle of the Java Sea began today. Imperial Japanese naval forces would score a decisive victory over the Allies, sealing the fate of the Netherlands East Indies.