Events in History on February 27

  • 837 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
  • 1526 Saxony and Hesse form League of Gotha (league of Protestant princes)
  • 1531 Evangelical German towns form Schmalkaldische Union
  • 1557 1st Russian Embassy arrives in London

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1594 Henry 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-admiral De Ruyter beats English
  • 1667 Abraham Crijnssen conquers Fort Willoughby (Zeelandia), Suriname
  • 1670 Jews expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I
  • 1678 Earl of Shaftesbury freed from the Tower of London
  • 1696 English/Welsh nobles lay down Oath of Association
  • 1700 Pacific Island of New Britain discovered
  • 1713 French troops bomb Willemstad, Curacao
  • 1801 Washington, D.C. placed under Congressional jurisdiction
  • 1803 Great fire in Bombay, India
  • 1813 1st federal vaccination legislation enacted

  • 1813 US Congress authorizes use of steamboats to transport mail

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1816 Dutch regain Suriname from the French after the defeat of Napoleon

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1827 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans
  • 1844 Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti (National Day)

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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

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 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 and last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia (about 600 casualties)
  • 1864 Near Andersonville, Georgia, rebels open a new POW camp "Camp Sumpter"
  • 1865 Civil War skirmish near Sturgeon, Missouri
  • 1869 John Menard is 1st African American to make a speech in the US Congress
  • 1871 Meeting of Alabama claims commission
  • 1872 Charlotte Ray, 1st African American woman lawyer in USA, graduates from Howard University
  • 1873 Dutch socialist Samuel van Wooden demands law against child labor

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1877 US Electoral College declares Rutherford B. Hayes winner of the presidential election

19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes
19th US President
Rutherford B. Hayes
  • 1879 Constantine Fahlberg discovers saccharin (artificial sweetener)
  • 1881 Battle at Amajuba: South African Boers vs British army under General Colley
  • 1883 Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine
  • 1890 D Needham and P Kerrigan box 100 rounds (6 h 39 m) in San Francisco; match is a draw
  • 1900 Battle at Pietershoogte during the Boer War
  • 1900 Boer General Cronjé surrenders to British in Pardenberg, South Africa
  • 1900 In London, the Trades Union Congress and the Independent Labour Party (formed in 1893) meet, results 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 and Britain agree to joint control of New Hebrides

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

Father of Psychology Sigmund Freud
Father of Psychology
Sigmund Freud
Psychiatrist Carl Jung
Carl Jung
  • 1908 Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954)

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

General and Secretary of War Horatio Kitchener
General and Secretary of War
Horatio Kitchener
  • 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; US male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
  • 1921 The International Working Union of Socialist Parties is founded in Vienna
  • 1921 The Fascists incite a riot in Florence, Italy

Conference meetingConference of Interest

1922 US Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover convenes 1st National Radio Conference

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • 1922 G B Shaw's "Back to Methusaleh I/II" premieres in NYC
  • 1922 US Supreme Court unanimously upholds 19th amendment to the US Constuituent - women's right to vote
  • 1924 Belgium's Theunis government falls

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1925 Hitler resurrects NSDAP political party in Munich

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1929 Turkey signs Litvinov-pact
  • 1930 Bouvet Island declared a Norwegian dependency
  • 1932 Explosion in coal mine Boissevain, Virginia, USA leaves 38 dead
  • 1933 The Reichstag, German parliament building, destroyed by fire; set by the Nazis, who blame it on Communists
  • 1933 Jean Genet's "Intermezzo" premieres in Paris

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1938 Britain & France recognize Franco government in Spain

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 1939 Belgian government of Pierlot falls
  • 1939 Borley Rectory, "the most haunted house in England", 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 (radiocarbon dating) at the University of California Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California
  • 1942 1st transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1942 Battle of Java Sea began: 13 US warships sunk and 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 Frecnh explorer Paul-Emile Victor founds French Polar Expeditions to oversee French scientific missions
  • 1949 Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st President of Israel

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1950 General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1951 22nd amendment ratified, limiting US Presidents to 2 terms
  • 1956 Female suffrage granted in Egypt
  • 1957 Mao's famous speech to the Supreme State Conference "On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People" expounding Maoist ideals
  • 1958 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1960 Oil pipe line from Rotterdam to Ruhrgebied opens
  • 1961 The first congress of the Spanish Trade Union Organisation is inaugurated

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1962 South Vietnam President Ngô Đình Diệm's palace bombed by dissident air pilots in a failed assassination attempt

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm
  • 1964 The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.
  • 1965 Dutch Marijnen government resigns
  • 1965 France performs Underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • 1966 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Belousova and Protopopov of the Soviet Union
  • 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 of Austria
  • 1967 Antigua & St Christopher-Nevis become associated states of UK
  • 1967 Dominica gains independence from England
  • 1967 Rio de la Plata Treaty

BattleCoup d'état

1969 General Hafez al-Assad becomes head of Syria via military coup

General and President of Syria Hafez al-Assad
General and President of Syria
Hafez al-Assad
  • 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

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1972 US President Richard Nixon and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai issue Shanghai Communique

Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1973 American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota
  • 1973 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius
  • 1974 "People" magazine begins sales
  • 1974 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1975 CDU-politician Peter Lorentz kidnapped in West Berlin
  • 1975 US House of Representatives pass $21.3 billion anti-recession tax-cut bill

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1976 Final meeting between Mao Zedong and Richard Nixon

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1978 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1980 Israel & Egypt exchange ambassadors
  • 1980 Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota
  • 1981 Greatest passenger load on a commercial airliner-610 on Boeing 747
  • 1982 Earl Anthony becomes 1st pro bowler to win more than $1 million
  • 1982 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1982 Wayne Williams found guilty of murdering 2 of 28 blacks in Atlanta
  • 1983 Eamonn Coghlan of Ireland set indoor mile record of 3:49.78

Sports record brokenWorld Record

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

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1984 WRC-AM in Washington, D.C. 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)
  • 1987 "Washington Week In Review" 20th anniversary on PBS
  • 1987 Donald Regan resigns as White House chief of staff
  • 1988 Gulfstream G-IV goes around the world 36:08:34
  • 1989 German war criminals Aus der Funten and Fischer freed in Holland
  • 1989 Venezuela is rocked by the riots of Caracazo
  • 1990 Exxon Corp and Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)
  • 1990 No-one elected to Hall of Fame for 2nd time in 3 years

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1990 Final day of the rum ration in the Royal New Zealand Navy
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  • 1991 Ben Elton's "Silly Cow" premieres in London
  • 1991 Noureddine Morcelli set 1500m mark at 3:34:16
  • 1993 PBA National Championship Won by Ron Palombi Jr
  • 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
  • 1998 Apple discontinues development of the 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 agrees to end 1,000 years of male precedence by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son
  • 1999 Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria's first elected president since mid-1983
  • 1999 Korea International School is founded by Soon-Il Chung
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 2012 Wikileaks begins disclosing 5 million emails from private intelligence company Stratfor
  • 2013 17 Afghan militia are killed by Taliban insurgents in an attack in the Andar District
  • 2013 20 people are killed in a market fire in Calcutta, India

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2013 Pope Benedict XVI presents his farewell address to Vatican City

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 2014 Republic of Crimea announces a referendum and 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
  • 2014 US Republican Governor Jan Brewer vetoes a "religious freedom" bill that would have allowed businesses to turn away gay customers
  • 2015 Russian politician Boris Nemtsov is assassinated in Moscow

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2018 Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Trump, has his top-secret security clearance at the White House downgraded

Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump Jared Kushner
Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump
Jared Kushner