On this day: February 28

Published On: Feb 26 2013 09:54:06 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 28 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

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 - color television
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Courtesy of the Early Television Museum

1954: The first color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public. The Westinghouse H840CK15 retailed for $1,295, or more than $11,000 in 2014 dollars, and was available only in the New York area. In April the price was cut to $1,110 after only 30 sets had been sold. Only 500 were ever built, and most were never sold, because there was very little programming in color at the time.

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