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1860Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible for his election to the Presidency.

1907Psychiatrists Carl Gustav Jung and Sigmund Freud meet for the first time in Vienna

1922Commerce Sec Herbert Hoover convenes 1st National Radio Conference

1925Hitler's resurrects NSDAP political party in Munich

19357th Academy Awards - "It Happened One Night," Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert wins

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

1938Britain & France recognize Franco government in Spain

194113th Academy Awards - "Rebecca," James Stewart & Ginger Rogers win

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

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

1976Final meeting between Mao Zedong & Richard Nixon

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

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

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

1991Singer James Brown is released from prison

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

199812th Soul Train Music Awards: Puff Daddy, Whitney Houston win

200244th Grammy Awards: Walk On, Alicia Keys wins

2007Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers

201183rd Academy Awards - "The King's Speech," Colin Firth & Natalie Portman win

On This Day In History
Date Event
Feb 27, 837
15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet 
Feb 27, 1526
Saxony & Hesse form League of Gotha (league of Protestant princes) 
Feb 27, 1531
Evangelical German monarchy/towns form Schmalkaldische Union 
Feb 27, 1557
1st Russian Embassy arrives in London 
Feb 27, 1563
William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral 
Feb 27, 1594
Henri IV crowned king of France 
Feb 27, 1626
Yuan Chonghuan is appointed Governor of Liaodong, after he led the Chinese into a great victory against the Manchurians under Nurhaci. 
Feb 27, 1665
Battle at Elmina, Gold Coast: Vice-adm De Ruyter beats English 
Feb 27, 1667
Abraham Crijnssen conquerors Fort Willoughby (Zeelandia), Suriname 
Feb 27, 1670
Jews expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I 
Feb 27, 1678
Earl of Shaftesbury freed out of London Tower 
Feb 27, 1696
English/Welsh nobles lay down Oath of Association 
Feb 27, 1700
Pacific Island of New Britain discovered 
Feb 27, 1713
French troops bomb Willemstad Curacao 
Feb 27, 1801
Washington DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction 
Feb 27, 1803
Great fire in Bombay, India 
Feb 27, 1813
1st federal vaccination legislation enacted 
Feb 27, 1813
Congress authorizes use of steamboats to transport mail 
Feb 27, 1814
Ludwig von Beethovens 8th Symphony in F, premieres 
Feb 27, 1816
Dutch regain Suriname 
Feb 27, 1827
1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans 
Feb 27, 1844
Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti (National Day) 
Feb 27, 1854
Composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine 
Feb 27, 1860
Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible for his election to the Presidency. 
Feb 27, 1861
Russians shoot at Poles protesting Russian rule of Poland in Castle Square, Warsaw 
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