(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.