On this day: February 28

POSTED: 07:54 PM PST Feb 26, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 27, 2016 

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 - Mario Andretti
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1940: Race car driver Mario Andretti, whose name has become synonymous with speed and racing in the United States, is born in Motovun, Kingdom of Italy. Andretti, whose family emigrated to the United States when he was 15, had a long career in racing, winning the 1978 Formula One World Championship, four IndyCar titles and IROC VI. He remains the only driver to ever win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500 and the Formula One World Championship. Andretti, seen here in 1991, had 109 career wins on major circuits and became the only person to be named United States Driver of the Year in three decades (1967, 1978 and 1984).


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