Back in the Day
On February 28, 1967 The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 3-2 decision, reversed a September 2, 1966 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Joseph S. Lord, 3d, that Girard College must admit African American pupils under the Pennsylvania Public Accommodations Act. The first African American students were admitted in 1968.
On February 28, 1969 the historic Benjamin Rush House, built before 1700, was demolished by mistake by a city wrecking crew of the department of licenses and inspections.
On February 28, 1973 an earthquake rocked greater Philadelphia at 3:20 AM, lasting for 6 seconds. It shook buildings and awakened thousands of alarmed residents. No damages or injuries were reported. The quake was felt from Trenton to Baltimore, with its epicenter under the Delaware River at Chester.