The last Aztec emperor executed

February 28, 1525 Acalan (modern day Campeche, Mexico) Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec emperor, is executed Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, took Cuauhtémoc prisoner after Cuauhtémoc's surrender, but held him in high regards and treated him well (according to Spanish records), until the conquistadors did not find the treasures they were expecting. Cuauhtémoc was tortured in an…

Laika the space dog

February 28, 1957 Russia A photo is taken of Laika, a Russian dog sent into space for testing purposes Laika was sent into space to monitor the reactions of low gravity on living organisms. The caption accompanying the photo reads: “Laika, who became the first space traveler from Earth, is pictured in her capsule aboard…

Prestonsburg bus disaster

February 28, 1958 Prestonsburg, Kentucky A bus carrying 48 students strikes the back of another vehicle, slides down an embankment, and is submerged, killing 26 students and the bus driver Though 22 students managed to escape from the bus as it was sinking into the river, the other 26 students and the driver were not…