February 27

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1801 – The city of Washington, DC, was placed under congressional jurisdiction.

1827 – New Orleans, LA, a group of students partied and danced in the streets for the first citywide Mardi Gras celebration.

1836 – Russell Alexander Alger was born in Ohio. The Grand Rapids lumberman became a U.S. Senator, Governor of Michigan, a Civil War General, Commander in Chief of Grand Army of the Republic. He was one of the state’s richest men. Alger School, Alger Street, and Alger Heights were named after him.

1867 – Dr. William G. Bonwill invented the dental mallet.

1883 – Oscar Hammerstein patented the first cigar-rolling machine.

1896 –  A picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith was published in the “Charlotte Observer”. The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm.

1922 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.

1939 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sit-down strikes violate property owners’ rights and are therefore illegal.

1951 – The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting Presidents to two terms.

1963 – The New York Yankees sign Mickey Mantle to a baseball contract for a $100,000 a year.

1970 – Jefferson Airplane was fined $1,000 for using profanity during a concert in Oklahoma City, OK.

1973 – The American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee in South Dakota.

1974 – The first issue of “People” magazine was published.

1981 – Chrysler Corporation was granted an additional $400 million in federal loan guarantees. Chrysler had posted a loss of $1.7 billion in 1980.

1984 – A Pepsi commercial featuring the Jacksons premiered on MTV.

1986 – The U.S. Senate approved the telecast of its debates on a trial basis.

1990 – The Exxon Corporation and Exxon Shipping were indicted on five criminal counts in reference to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

1991 – President George H.W. Bush announced live on television that “Kuwait is liberated” and “Iraq’s army is defeated.”

1997 – Don Cornelius, host of television’s “Soul Train”, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1999 – Colin Prescot and Andy Elson set a new hot air balloon endurance record when they had been aloft for 233 hours and 55 minutes. The two were in the process of trying to circumnavigate the Earth.

2002 – In Boston, MA, twenty people working at Logan International Airport were charged with lying to get their jobs or security badges.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Joanne Woodward – 88 years old (1930) – Actress (“The Three Faces of Eve”, “Rachel, Rachel”, “Summer Wishes Winter Dreams”, “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge”)

Ralph Nader – 84 years old (1934) – Consumer advocate, Presidential candidate

Barbara Babcock – 81 years old (1937) – Actress (TV’s “Hill Street Blues”, “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”)

Howard Hesseman – 78 years old (1940) – Actor (Played Dr. Johnny Fever on TV’s “WKRP in Cincinnati”)

Neal Schon – 64 years old (1954) – Guitarist (Journey)

Adrian Smith – 61 years old (1957) – Guitarist (Iron Maiden)

Timothy Spall – 61 years old (1957) – Actor (The “Harry Potter” series, “Mr. Turner”, “The King’s Speech”, “Vanilla Sky”)

Johnny Van Zant – 59 years old (1959) – Singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Paul Humphreys – 58 years old (1960) – Musician (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)

Adam Baldwin – 56 years old (1962) – Actor (“Wyatt Earp,” “Ordinary People”, “My Bodyguard”, “DC Cab”, “Full Metal Jacket”, “Independence Day”, TV’s “Firefly”)

Grant Show – 56 years old (1962) – Actor (TV’s “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills 90210”). Born in Detroit, MI.

Chelsea Clinton – 38 years old (1980) – Daughter of President Bill Clinton & Hillary Clinton

Josh Groban – 37 years old (1981) – Singer, Host (TV’s “Rising Star”)

Ashthon Jones – 32 years old (1986) – Singer (Finished 13th on TV’s “American Idol: Season 10”)

Stefano Langone – 29 years old (1989) – Singer (Finished 7th on TV’s “American Idol: Season 10”)

 

TODAY IS:

Kahlua Day

Pokémon Day

Polar Bear Day

Strawberry Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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