On this day.... February 27

FEBRUARY 27TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • CONSTANTINE THE GREAT (272-337)
  • HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW (1807-1882)
  • JOHN STEINBECK (1902-1968)
  • JOANNE WOODWARD (1930, 88)
  • ELIZABETH TAYLOR (1932-2011)
  • RALPH NADER (1934, 84)
  • ROZONDA THOMAS (CHILI FROM TLC) (1971, 47)
  • CHELSEA CLINTON (1980, 38)
  • JOSH GROBAN (1981, 37)
  • KATE MARA (1983, 35)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1594, HENRY IV BECOMES KING OF FRANCE
  • IN 1801, THE CITY OF WASHINGTON DC BECOMES A WARD OF CONGRESS
  • IN 1814, BEETHOVEN RELEASES HIS “SYMPHONY IN F”


  • IN 1827, MARDI GRAS IS CELEBRATED IN NEW ORLEANS FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1860, ABRAHAM LINCOLN GIVES HIS FAMOUS COOPER UNION SPEECH, WIDELY CONSIDERED THE SPEECH THAT WON HIM THE PRESIDENCY
  • IN 1877, THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE DECLARES RUTHERFORD B. HAYES PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 1879, COSTANTINE FAHLBERG INVENTS THE FIRST ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER
  • IN 1901, THE NATIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE DECLARES THAT FOUL BALLS WILL NOW BE COUNTED AS STRIKE ONE OR TWO, BUT NOT STRIKE THREE
  • IN 1922, THE SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT ALLOWING WOMEN TO CONTINUE TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE
  • IN 1942, THE NAZIS BEGIN DEPORTING JEWS FROM FRANCE TO GERMAN CAMPS
  • IN 1950, CHIANG KAI-SHEK BECOMES THE PRESIDENT OF CHINA
  • IN 1959, THE BOSTON CELTICS SCORE 173 POINTS AGAINST THE MINNESOTA LAKERS WHEN BOB COUSY SETS A RECORD WITH 28 ASSISTS
  • IN 1964, THE GOVERNMENT OF ITALY MAKES AN APPEAL FOR HELP IN KEEPING THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA FROM FALLING OVER
  • IN 1968, CBS NEWS ANCHOR WALTER CRONKITE DELIVERS HIS FAMOUS MONOLOGUE ON THE REALITY OF AMERICA’S CHANCES IN THE VIETNAM WAR
  • IN 1968, FRANKIE LYMON DIES OF A HEROIN OVERDOSE AT 25
  • IN 1971, FIVE MONTHS AFTER HER DEATH, JANIS JOPLIN HITS #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART WITH HER SECOND AND FINAL ALBUM “PEARL”
  • IN 1974, “PEOPLE MAGAZINE” GOES ON SALE
  • IN 1976, RICHARD NIXON AND MAO ZEDONG MEET FOR THE LAST TIME
  • IN 1977, KEITH RICHARDS IS ARRESTED IN TORONTO FOR HEROIN POSSESSION
  • IN 1981, PAUL MCCARTNEY AND STEVIE WONDER RECORD “EBONY AND IVORY”
  • IN 1982, JOHNNY CARSON IS ARRESTED FOR DUI
  • IN 1987, A REPORT FROM THE TOWER COMMISSION DETERMINES THAT PRESIDENT REAGAN IS “CONFUSED AND UNINFORMED”
  • IN 1988, GEORGE MICHAEL GOES TO #1 WITH “FATHER FIGURE”
  • IN 1990, EXXON IS INDICTED ON FIVE CRIMINAL COUNTS FOR THE VALDEZ CRASH
  • IN 1990, WILSON PHILLIPS RELEASES “HOLD ON”, BILLBOARD’S SONG OF THE YEAR
  • IN 1991, JAMES BROWN IS RELEASED FROM PRISON AFTER SERVING TWO YEARS
  • IN 1991, PRESIDENT BUSH DECLARES THE END OF THE IRAQ WAR
  • IN 1992, TIGER WOODS ENTERS THE PGA AT 16, THE YOUNGEST PLAYER IN 35 YEARS
  • IN 1993, WHITNEY HOUSTON’S “I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU” BREAKS A RECORD BY SPENDING 14 WEEKS AT #1 ON THE BILLBOARD SINGLES CHART
  • IN 1994, THE 17TH WINTER GAMES IN LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY CLOSE
  • IN 1996, ADAM SANDLER FOUNDS “HAPPY MADISON PRODUCTIONS”
  • IN 1998, PATRIOT DAVE MEGGETT IS ARRESTED IN TORONTO FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT
  • IN 1999, BRITNEY SPEARS HITS #1 WITH “BABY…ONE MORE TIME”
  • IN 2003, MR. ROGERS DIES AT 74
  • IN 2007, BOBBY BROWN IS SENTENCED TO 30 DAYS IN JAIL FOR FAILIGN TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT
  • IN 2013, POPE BENEDICT XVI GIVES A FAEWELL ADDRESS BEFORE STEPPING DOWN
  • IN 2015, LEONARD NIMOY DIES OF PULMONARY DISEASE AT 83
  • IN 2015, MADONNA FALLS ON STAGE WHEN A CAPE PULLS HER BACKWARD OFF THE STAGE

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