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Notable Historical Events on February 27th

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

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

1938Britain & France recognize Franco government in Spain

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

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

1922Commerce Sec Herbert Hoover convenes 1st National Radio Conference

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

1925Hitler's resurrects NSDAP political party in Munich

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

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

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

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

1976Final meeting between Mao Zedong & Richard Nixon

2013Pope Benedict XVI presents his farewell address to Vatican City

1991Singer James Brown is released from prison

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

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

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

200244th Grammy Awards: Walk On, Alicia Keys wins

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

February 27th Historical Events
Date Event
837
15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet 
1526
Saxony & Hesse form League of Gotha (league of Protestant princes) 
1531
Evangelical German monarchy/towns form Schmalkaldische Union 
1557
1st Russian Embassy arrives in London 
1563
William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral 
1594
Henri IV crowned king of France 
1626
Yuan Chonghuan is appointed Governor of Liaodong, after he led the Chinese into a great victory against the Manchurians under Nurhaci. 
1665
Battle at Elmina, Gold Coast: Vice-adm De Ruyter beats English 
1667
Abraham Crijnssen conquerors Fort Willoughby (Zeelandia), Suriname 
1670
Jews expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I 
1678
Earl of Shaftesbury freed out of London Tower 
1696
English/Welsh nobles lay down Oath of Association 
1700
Pacific Island of New Britain discovered 
1713
French troops bomb Willemstad Curacao 
1801
Washington DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction 
1803
Great fire in Bombay, India 
1813
1st federal vaccination legislation enacted 
1813
Congress authorizes use of steamboats to transport mail 
1814
Ludwig von Beethovens 8th Symphony in F, premieres 
1816
Dutch regain Suriname 
1827
1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans 
1844
Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti (National Day) 
1854
Composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine 
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. 
1861
Russians shoot at Poles protesting Russian rule of Poland in Castle Square, Warsaw 
1861
US Congress authorizes 1st stamped newspaper wrappers for mailing 
1864
6th & last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia (about 600 casualties) 
1864
Near Andersonville GA, rebels open a new POW camp "Camp Sumpter" 
1865
Civil War skirmish near Sturgeon, Missouri 
1869
John Menard is 1st black to make a speech in Congress 
1871
Meeting of Alabama claims commission 
1872
Charlotte Ray, 1st Black woman lawyer, graduated Howard University 
1873
Dutch socialist Samuel van Wooden demands law against child labor 
1874
Baseball 1st played in England, at Lord's Cricket Grounds 
1877
US Electoral College declares R Hayes winner presidential election 
1879
Constantine Fahlberg discovers saccharin (artificial sweetener) 
1881
Battle at Amajuba, S Afr: Boers vs Brit army under Gen Colley 
1883
Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine 
1890
D Needham & P Kerrigan box 100 rounds (6 h 39 m), SF; match is draw 
1900
Battle at Pietershoogte during the Boer War 
1900
Boer General Cronjé surrenders to English in Pardenberg, South-Africa 
1900
In London, the Trade Union Congress and the Independent Labour Party (formed in 1893) meet, resulting in a Labour Representative Committee and eventually the modern Labour Party in 1906 
1901
NL Rules Committee decrees that all fouls are to count as strikes except after two strikes 
1901
A General Committee of National Liberal Federation meets and adopts a resolution deploring the continuation of the war in South Africa and condemning the British Government's insistence on unconditional surrender by the Boers 
1906
France & Britain agree to joint control of New Hebrides 
1907
Psychiatrists Carl Gustav Jung and Sigmund Freud meet for the first time in Vienna 
1908
Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954) 
1908
Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma 
1912
Lord Kitchener opens Khartoum-El Obeid (Nyala) railway 
1919
1st public performance of Holst's "Planets" 
1919
American Association for Hard of Hearing forms (NYC) 
1921
US female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard 
1921
US male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger 
1921
The International Working Union of Socialist Parties is founded in Vienna. 
1922
Commerce Sec Herbert Hoover convenes 1st National Radio Conference 
1922
G B Shaw's "Back to Methusaleh I/II," premieres in NYC 
1922
Supreme Court unanimously upheld 19th amend woman's right to vote 
1924
Belgium's Theunis government falls 
1925
Hitler's resurrects NSDAP political party in Munich 
1925
Test Cricket debut of Clarrie Grimmett, who took 5-45 & 6-37 v England 
1927
For 2nd Sunday in a row golfers in SC arrested for violating Sabbath 
1929
Turkey signs Litvinov-pact 
1930
Bouvet Island declared a Norwegian dependency 
1932
Explosion in coal mine Boissevain, Virginia, USA (38 dead) 
1933
German parliament building, Reichstag, destroyed by fire 
1933
Jean Genet's "Intermezzo," premieres in Paris 
1933
Nazis set fire to German parliament, blame it on Communists 
1935
7th Academy Awards - "It Happened One Night," Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert wins 
1936
Willy den Ouden swims world record 100 m free style (1:04.6) 
1937
Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket v England in 223 minutes 
1938
Britain & France recognize Franco government in Spain 
1939
Belgian government of Pierlot falls 
1939
English Spook house Borley Rectory destroyed in a fire 
1939
France recognizes Franco's regime in Spain 
1939
Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes 
1940
Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14 
1941
13th Academy Awards - "Rebecca," James Stewart & Ginger Rogers win 
1942
1st transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany 
1942
Battle of Java Sea began 13 US warships sunk-2 Japanese 
1942
J S Hey discovers radio emissions from Sun 
1943
The Smith Mine #3 in Bearcreek, Montana, explodes, killing 74 men. 
1943
The Rosenstrasse protest starts in Berlin 
1945
Battle of US 94 Infantry 
1946
4th "Road" film, "Road to Utopia" premieres (NYC) 
1947
Paul-Emile Victor French polar expeditions organized 
1949
Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st Israeli president 
1950
General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China 
1951
22nd amendment ratified, limiting US Presidents to 2 terms 
1955
Betty Jameson wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open 
1956
Female suffrage in Egypt 
1957
Mao's famous speech to the Supreme State Conference "On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People" expounding Maoist ideals 
1957
Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an "X": "Xavier Cugat Show" on NBC (until X-Files) 
1958
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
1959
Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players 
1959
Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers 
1960
Oil pipe line from Rotterdam to Ruhrgebied opens 
1960
US Olympic Ice Hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal 
1961
The first congress of the Spanish Trade Union Organisation is inaugurated. 
1962
South-Vietnam pres Ngo Dinh Diem's palace bombed, 1st US killed 
1963
Mickey Mantle of NY Yankees sign a baseball contract worth $100,000 
1964
"What Makes Sammy Run?" opens at 84th St Theater NYC for 540 perfs 
1964
The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over. 
1965
"High Spirits" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 375 performances 
1965
Dutch Marijnen government resigns 
1965
France performs Underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria 
1966
Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler/Bernard Ford GRB 
1966
Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Belousova & Protopopov of URS 
1966
Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of US 
1966
Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Emmerich Danzer AUT 
1967
Antigua & St Christopher-Nevis become associated states of UK 
1967
Dominica gains independence from England 
1967
Rio de la Plata Treaty 
1969
Gen Hafez al-Assad becomes head of Syria via milt coup 
1969
President Nixon visits West-Berlin 
1970
NY Times (falsely) reports US army has ended domestic surveillance 
1971
Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (the Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform aborti provocati. 
1972
Pres Nixon & Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued Shanghai Communique 
1973
American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota 
1973
Dick Allen signs a record $675,000 3-yr contract with White Sox 
1973
Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius 
1973
White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3-year $750,000 contract 
1974
"People" magazine begins sales 
1974
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1975
CDU-politician Peter Lorentz kidnapped in West Berlin 
1975
House of Reps pass $21.3 billion anti-recession tax-cut bill 
1976
Final meeting between Mao Zedong & Richard Nixon 
1977
Judy Rankin wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic 
1977
Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession, Canada 
1978
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
1980
22nd Grammy Awards: What a Fool Believe, Streisand-Diamond duet 
1980
Israel & Egypt exchange ambassadors 
1980
Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF wins elections in Zimbabwe 
1980
Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota 
1981
Greatest passenger load on a commercial airliner-610 on Boeing 747 
1981
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder record "Ebony & Ivory" 
1982
Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw 
1982
Earl Anthony becomes 1st pro bowler to win more than $1 million 
1982
France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island 
1982
Wayne Williams found guilty of murdering 2 of 28 blacks in Atlanta 
1983
Eamonn Coghlan set indoor mile record of 3:49.78 
1983
Jan Stephenson wins Tucson Conquistadores LPGA Golf Tournament 
1984
Carl Lewis jumps world record indoor (8,675 m) 
1984
WRC-AM in Washington DC changes call letters to WWRC 
1984
Worker's union leader Billy Nair freed in South Africa 
1985
Farmers converge in Washington to demand economic relief 
1985
Mauritania's new constitutional charter published 
1985
US dollar is worth Ÿ3.9355 (Netherlands) 
1986
The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis. 
1987
"Washington Week In Review," 20th anniversary on PBS 
1987
Donald Regan resigned as White House chief of staff 
1987
Mike Conley triple jumps world indoor record (17.76m) 
1987
NCAA cancels SMU's entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption 
1988
Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Orient Leasing Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open 
1988
Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1 
1988
Gulfstream G-IV goes around the world 36:08:34 
1988
Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating 
1989
German war criminals Aus der Funten/Fischer, freed in Holland 
1989
Venezuela is rocked by the riots of Caracazo. 
1990
Exxon Corp & Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez) 
1990
No one elected to Hall of Fame for 2nd time in 3 years 
1991
Ben Elton's "Silly Cow," premieres in London 
1991
Gulf War ends after Iraqi troops retreat and Kuwait is re-taken by the US 
1991
Noureddine Morcelli set 1500m mark at 3:34:16 
1991
Singer James Brown is released from prison 
1992
Larry Smith, named 9th Commissioner of the CFL 
1992
Tiger Woods, 16, becomes youngest PGA golfer in 35 years 
1993
PBA National Championship Won by Ron Palombi Jr 
1994
17th Winter Olympic games closes in Lillehammer, Norway 
1994
Maronite church near Beirut bombed, 10 killed 
1995
Car bomb explodes in Zakho, North-Iraq (54-80 killed) 
1996
Mark Waugh scores 126 in World Cup against India 
1997
"Last Night of Ballyhoo" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC 
1997
Singer Sade (Helen Folasade), arrest in Jamaica for disobeying a cop 
1998
Apple discontinues developing Newton computer 
1998
FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati 
1998
NE Patriot David Meggett arrested in Toronto on sex assault charges 
1998
Britain's House of Lords agree's to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son 
1998
12th Soul Train Music Awards: Puff Daddy, Whitney Houston win 
1998
14th Soap Opera Digest Awards - General Hospital wins 
1999
Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria's first elected president since mid-1983. 
1999
Korea International School is founded by Soon-Il Chung. It is currently directed by Ann Clapper. 
2002
Godhra train burning, a Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya 
2002
Ryanair Flight 296 catches fire in London Stansted Airport. Subsequent investigations criticize Ryanair's handling of the evacuation. 
2002
44th Grammy Awards: Walk On, Alicia Keys wins 
2003
Former Bosnian Serb leader Biljana Plavsic is sentenced by the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, to 11 years in prison 
2003
Rowan Williams is enthroned as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury in the Anglican church. 
2004
Former BPMC general secretary Ordrick Samuel launches a new party in Barbuda, Barbudans for a Better Barbuda. 
2004
A bombing of a Superferry by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines worst terrorist attack kills 116. 
2005
77th Academy Awards - "Million Dollar Baby," Jamie Foxx & Hilary Swank win 
2007
The general strike against Lansana Conté in Guinea ends. 
2007
The Chinese Correction: the Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years. 
2007
Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the Edmonton Oilers 
2009
Statistics Finland informs that Finland's gross domestic product diminished by 1.3% in the last quarter of 2008 from the previous quarter 
2010
Central Chile is hit with an 8.8 magnitude earthquake. 
2011
83rd Academy Awards - "The King's Speech," Colin Firth & Natalie Portman win 
2012
Wikileaks begins disclosing 5 million emails from private intelligence company Stratfor 
2013
20 people are killed in a market fire in Calcutta, India 
2013
17 Afghan militia are killed by Taliban insurgents in an attack in the Andar District 
2013
Pope Benedict XVI presents his farewell address to Vatican City 
2014
Republic of Crimea announces a referendum & ousts its regional government 
2014
Arseniy Yatsenyuk appointed Prime Minister of the Ukraine 
2014
Chaos erupts after the Swedish Public Employment Service mistakenly invites 61,000 people to a job interview in Stockholm 
2016
Virginia officer killed a day after she is sworn in 
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