Today in History - Famous Events


🏰 On this day in History - February 27, 2021

1951 22nd amendment ratified, limiting president to 2 terms

1700 Pacific Island of New Britain discovered

1912 Lord Kitchener opens Khartoum-El Obeid (Nyala) railway

1890 D Needham & P Kerrigan box 100 rounds (6 h 39 m), SF; match is draw

1993 PBA National Championship Won by Ron Palombi Jr

1816 Dutch regain Suriname

1998 14th Soap Opera Digest Awards

1957 Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an "X": "Xavier Cugat Show" on NBC (until X-Files)

1966 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Emmerich Danzer AUT

1919 1st public performance of Holst's "Planets"

1678 Earl of Shaftesbury freed out of London Tower

1908 Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954)

1929 Turkey signs Litvinov-pact

1959 Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers

1975 House of Reps pass $21.3 billion anti-recession tax-cut bill

1987 NCAA cancels SMU's entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption

1973 Members of American Indian Movement begin occupation of Wounded Knee

1901 NL Rules Committee decrees that all fouls are to count as strikes except after two strikes

1967 Pink Floyd release their 1st single "Arnold Layne"

1991 Ben Elton's "Silly Cow," premieres in London

1933 Jean Genet's "Intermezzo," premieres in Paris

1936 Willy den Ouden swims world record 100 m free style (1:04.6)

1992 Larry Smith, named 9th Commissioner of the CFL

1982 Wayne Williams found guilty of murdering 2 of 28 blacks in Atlanta

1667 Abraham Crijnssen conquerors Fort Willoughby (Zeelandia), Suriname

1992 Tiger Woods, 16, becomes youngest PGA golfer in 35 years

1957 Mao's speech "On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People"

1939 Belgian govt of Pierlot falls

1906 France & Britain agree to joint control of New Hebrides

1998 NE Patriot David Meggett arrested in Toronto on sex assault charges

1987 Donald Regan resigned as White House chief of staff

1974 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1869 John Menard is 1st black to make a speech in Congress

1985 US dollar is worth џ3.9355 (Netherlands)

1960 Oil pipe line from Rotterdam to Ruhrgebied opens

1900 Battle at Pietershoogte

1982 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island

1864 6th & last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia (about 600 casualties)

1973 White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3-year $750,000 contract

1997 Singer Sade (Helen Folasade), arrest in Jamaica for disobeying a cop

1965 France performs Underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria

1939 English Spook house Borley Rectory destroyed in a fire

1949 Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st Israeli president

1978 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island

1922 Commerce Sec Herbert Hoover convenes 1st National Radio Conference

1983 Eamonn Coghlan set indoor mile record of 3:49.78

1975 CDU-politician Peter Lorentz kidnapped in West Berlin

1900 Boer General Cronj‚ surrenders to English in Pardenberg, South-Africa

1980 Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF wins elections in Zimbabwe

1881 Battle at Amajuba, S Afr: Boers vs Brit army under Gen Colley

1922 G B Shaw's "Back to Methusaleh I/II," premieres in NYC

1956 Female suffrage in Egypt

1987 Mike Conley triple jumps world indoor record (17.76m)

1994 17th Winter Olympic games closes in Lillehammer, Norway

1973 Dick Allen signs a record $675,000 3-yr contract with White Sox

1933 Nazis set fire to German parliament, blame it on Communists

1994 Maronite church near Beirut bombed, 10 killed

1976 Final meeting between Mao tse Tung & Richard Nixon

1531 Evangelical German monarchy/towns form Schmalkaldische Union

1989 German war criminals Aus der FЃnten/Fischer, freed in Holland

1919 American Association for Hard of Hearing forms (NYC)

1670 Jews expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I

1946 4th "Road" film, "Road to Utopia" premieres (NYC)

1980 Israel & Egypt exchange ambassadors

1939 Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes

1965 "High Spirits" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 375 performances

1939 France recognizes Franco's regime in Spain

1998 Apple discontinues developing Newton computer

1962 South-Vietnam pres Ngo Dinh Diem's palace bombed, 1st US killed

1966 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of US

1985 Farmers converge in Washington to demand economic relief

1988 Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1

1696 English/Welsh nobles lay down Oath of Assn

1991 Singer James Brown is released from prison

1970 NY Times (falsely) reports US army has ended domestic surveillance

1874 Baseball 1st played in England, at Lord's Cricket Grounds

1981 Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder record "Ebony & Ivory"

1713 French troops bomb Willemstad Cura‡ao

1861 Russians shoot at Poles protesting Russian rule of Poland

1933 German parliament building, Reichstag, destroyed by fire

1937 Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket v England in 223 minutes

1984 Worker's union leader Billy Nair freed in South Africa

1973 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius

1801 Washington DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction

1854 Composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine

1984 Carl Lewis jumps world record indoor (8,675 m)

1963 Mickey Mantle of NY Yankees sign a baseball contract worth $100,000

1977 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic

1985 Mauritania's new constitutional charter published

1982 Earl Anthony becomes 1st pro bowler to win more than $1 million

1990 No one elected to Hall of Fame for 2nd time in 3 years

1927 For 2nd Sunday in a row golfers in SC arrested for violating Sabbath

1861 US Congress authorizes 1st stamped newspaper wrappers for mailing

1960 US Olympic Ice Hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal

1942 1st transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany

1980 22nd Grammy Awards: What a Fool Believe, Streisand-Diamond duet

1983 Jan Stephenson wins Tucson Conquistadores LPGA Golf Tournament

1922 Supreme Court unanimously upheld 19th amend woman's right to vote

1873 Dutch socialist Samuel van Wooden demands law against child labor

1987 "Washington Week In Review," 20th anniversary on PBS

1563 William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral

1972 Pres Nixon & Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued Shanghai Communique

1665 Battle at Elmina, Gold Coast: Vice-adm De Ruyter beats English

1996 Mark Waugh scores 126 in World Cup against India

1864 Near Andersonville GA, rebels open a new POW camp "Camp Sumpter"

1991 US led allied 6 week war with Iraq ends

1930 Bouvet Island declared a Norwegian dependency

1942 J S Hey discovers radio emissions from Sun

1967 Rio de la Plata Treaty

1967 Antigua & St Christopher-Nevis become associated states of UK

1974 "People" magazine begins sales

1997 "Last Night of Ballyhoo" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC

1991 Noureddine Morcelli set 1500m mark at 3:34:16

1988 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating

0837 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

1956 Elvis Presley's releases "Heartbreak Hotel"

1947 Paul-Emile Victor French polar expeditions organized

1921 US female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard

1977 Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession, Canada

1557 1st Russian Embassy opens in London, Russia & US sign trade agreement

1865 Civil War skirmish near Sturgeon, Missouri

1995 Car bomb explodes in Zakho, North-Iraq (54-80 killed)

1966 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler/Bernard Ford GRB

1594 Henri IV crowned king of France

1969 President Nixon visits West-Berlin

1998 FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati

1973 American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota

1982 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw

1924 Belgium's Theunis govt falls

1945 Battle of US 94 Infantry

1966 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Belousova & Protopopov of URS

1803 Great fire in Bombay, India

1827 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans

1964 "What Makes Sammy Run?" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 540 perfs

1969 Gen Hafez al-Assad becomes head of Syria via milt coup

1988 Gulfstream G-IV goes around the world 36:08:34

1879 Constantine Fahlberg discovers saccharin (artificial sweetener)

1958 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

1988 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Orient Leasing Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open

1877 US Electoral College declares R Hayes winner presidential election

1967 Dominica gains independence from England

1981 Greatest passenger load on a commercial airliner-610 on Boeing 747

1932 Explosion in coal mine Boissevain, Virginia, USA (38 dead)

1942 Battle of Java Sea began 13 US warships sunk-2 Japanese

1900 British Labour Party forms

1908 Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma

1871 Meeting of Alabama claims commission

1813 1st federal vaccination legislation enacted

1925 Hitler's resurrects NSDAP political party in Munich

1813 Congress authorizes use of steamboats to transport mail

1950 General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China

1984 WRC-AM in Washington DC changes call letters to WWRC

1526 Saxony & Hesse form League of Gotha (league of Protestant princes)

1990 Exxon Corp & Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)

1861 Warsaw Massacre: Russians fire on crowd demonstrating against Russia

1925 Test Cricket debut of Clarrie Grimmett, who took 5-45 & 6-37 v England

1980 Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota

1965 Dutch Marijnen govt resigns

1991 Gulf War ends after Iraqi troops retreated & Kuwait is liberated

1844 Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti (National Day)

1872 Charlotte Ray, 1st Black woman lawyer, graduated Harvard U

1814 Ludwig von Beethovens 8th Symphony in F, premieres

1955 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open

1883 Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine

1959 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

1921 US male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger

1938 Britain & France recognize Franco govt in Spain

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