Feb. 28 (UPI) -- On this date in history:
In 1784, the Methodist Church was chartered by John Wesley.
In 1844, an explosion rocked the "war steamer" USS Princeton after it test-fired one of its guns. The blast killed or injured a number of top U.S. government officials who were aboard.
In 1885, the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. was incorporated in New York as a subsidiary of American Bell Telephone.
In 1935, nylon was invented by DuPont researcher Wallace Carothers.
In 1942, Japanese forces landed in Java, the last Allied bastion in the Dutch East Indies.
In 1983, the concluding episode of the long-running television series M*A*S*H drew what was then the largest TV audience in U.S. history.
In 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated on a street in Stockholm.
In 1992, a bomb blast blamed on the IRA ripped through a London railway station, injuring at least 30 people and shutting down the British capital's rail and subway system.
In 1993, federal agents attempting to serve warrants on the Branch Davidian religious cult's compound near Waco, Texas, were met with gunfire that left at least five people dead and 15 injured, and marked the start of a month-and-a-half-long standoff.
In 1994, NATO was involved in combat for the first time in its 45-year history when four U.S. fighter planes operating under NATO auspices shot down four Serb planes that had violated the U.N. no-fly zone in central Bosnia.
In 1996, Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana agreed to divorce after 15 years of marriage.
In 2008, Prince Harry, third in line for the British throne, was pulled from the front lines in Afghanistan immediately after word got out that he was on army duty. He had spent 10 weeks in the war zone.
In 2019, it was announced that a Caravaggio painting discovered after being hidden in an attic for 400 years would go to auction. It was snapped up by a foreign buyer for an undisclosed sum before the auction could happen, though.