On this day: February 28

Published: Feb 26 2013 10:54:06 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 28 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

Nylon is invented, the "M*A*S*H" finale draws a record audience, Michael Jackson wins a record eight Grammys, the Gulf War ends, and the Branch Davidian standoff begins, all on this day.

OTD February 28 - Pope Benedict XVI
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2013: Pope Benedict XVI resigns as the pope of the Catholic Church, becoming the first pope to do so since 1415. Benedict made the decision to step down "because of advanced age." He became known as "pontiff emeritus," with Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio eventually being selected as the new pope on March 13, 2013, and becoming Pope Francis.

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