Famous People Who Died on February 28 in History

Dying is just like taxes in the respect that it is going to happen to you and me. Over history, we realize it doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to face death. Famous people have no secret weapon against death. They are just like you and I. They will die. We will die. Death is a part of life. However, many of us look forward to eternal life in Heaven. After we all pass from this world, I hope to meet each one of you in a better place called Heaven.

We Live And We Die

Nobody Lives Forever

See You In Heaven

What Happened on This Day in History?

1692- Salem witch hunt begins

1784- John Wesley charters Methodist Church

1827- 1st commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) chartered

1844- 12-inch gun aboard USS Princeton explodes

1960 – US wins Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Canada


1725-1788 –Thomas Cushing was an American Continental Congressman and first Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts under governor John Hancock

1790-1844 –Abel P Upshur was 15thUnited States Secretary of State, dies in explosion on USS Princeton

1844 –Thomas W Gilmer was the 15th United States Secretary of the Navy, dies in explosion on USS Princeton

1864-1931 –Ban Johnson was the founder and 1stPresident of the American League in Major League Baseball

1866-1936 –Charles Nicolle was French bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his identification of lice as the transmitter of typhoid

1888-1953 –Jim Thorpe was a decathlete and Olympic Gold Medalist in 1912 in both the Pentathlon and Decathlon-He was also an NFL Hall of Fame player and played MLB. Jim Thorpe spent much of his post professional career as an alcoholic and a poor man struggling through the Great Depression

1931-1966 –Charles A Bassett II was an astronaut, died at 34, in a crash of T-38 jet

1927-1966 –Elliot McKay See Jr. was an astronaut who died at 38 in T-38 jet crash

1916-1985 –Ray Ellington was an English singer who appeared in The Goon Show and was part of the Ray Ellington Quartet

1946-2007 –Billy Thorpe was an Australian musician who was lead singer of the group Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs

1918-2009 –Paul Harvey was a famous American radio broadcaster for ABC Radio Networks, Paul Harvey was famous for ‘The Rest of the Story’ segments and Paul Harvey is probably the most recognized radio voice and possibly most missed

This is series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click here to check out Faye’s writing