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Today is 2021-02-27

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1526Saxony and Hesse form League of Gotha (league of Protestant princes)
1531Evangelical German monarchy / towns form Schmalkaldische Union
15571st Russian Embassy opens in London, Russia and US sign trade agreement
1563William Byrd is appointed Organist at Lincoln Cathedral
1594Henri IV crowned King of France
1665Battle at Elmina, Gold Coast: Vice-adm De Ruyter beats English
1670Jews expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I
1678Earl of Shaftesbury freed out of London Tower
1696English / Welsh nobles lay down Oath of Assn
1700Pacific Island of New Britain discovered
1713French troops bomb Willemstad Curacao
1801Washington DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction
1803Great fire in Bombay, India
18131st federal vaccination legislation enacted
1813Congress authorizes use of steamboats to transport mail
1814Ludwig von Beethovens 8th Symphony in F, premieres
1816Dutch regain Suriname
18271st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans
1844Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti (National Day)
1854Composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine
1861Russians shoot at Poles protesting Russian rule of Poland
1861US Congress authorizes 1st stamped newspaper wrappers for mailing
1861Warsaw Massacre: Russians fire on crowd demonstrating against Russia
18646th and last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia (about 600 casualties)
1864Near Andersonville GA, rebels open a new POW camp Camp Sumpter""""
1865Civil War skirmish near Sturgeon, Missouri
1869John Menard is 1st black to make a speech in Congress
1871Meeting of Alabama claims commission
1872Charlotte Ray, 1st Black woman lawyer, graduated Harvard University
1873Dutch socialist Samuel van Wooden demands law against child labor
1877US Electoral College declares R Hayes winner presidential election
1879Constantine Fahlberg discovers saccharin (artificial sweetener)
1881Battle at Amajuba, S Afr: Boers vs. British army under General Colley
1883Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine
1890D Needham and P Kerrigan box 100 rounds (6 h 39 m), SF; match is draw
1900Battle at Pietershoogte
1900British Labour Party forms
1901NL Rules Committee decrees that all fouls are to count as strikes except after two strikes
1906France and Britain agree to joint control of New Hebrides
1908Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954)
1908Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma
1912Lord Kitchener opens Khartoum-El Obeid (Nyala) railway
1919American Association for Hard of Hearing forms (NYC)
1921US female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard
1921US male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
1922Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover convenes 1st National Radio Conference
1927For 2nd Sunday in a row golfers in SC arrested for violating Sabbath
1929Turkey signs Litvinov-pact
1930Bouvet Island declared a Norwegian dependency
1932Explosion in coal mine Boissevain, Virginia, USA (38 dead)
1933German parliament building, Reichstag, destroyed by fire
1933Nazis set fire to German parliament, blame it on Communists
1936Willy den Ouden swims world record 100 m free style (1:04.6)
1938Britain and France recognize Franco government in Spain
1939Belgian government of Pierlot falls
1939English Spook house Borley Rectory destroyed in a fire
1939Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes
19421st transport of French Jews to Nazi-Germany
1942Battle of Java Sea began 13 US warships sunk-2 Japanese
1942J S Hey discovers radio emissions from Sun
1945Battle of US 94 Infantry
19464th Road" film"
1947Paul-Emile Victor French polar expeditions organized
1949Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st Israeli President
1950General Chiang Kai-shek elected President of Nationalist China
195122nd amendment ratified, limiting President to 2 terms
1955Betty Jameson wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
1956Female suffrage in Egypt
1957Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an X": ""Xavier Cugat Show"" on NBC (until X-Files)"""
1959Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers
1959Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
1960Oil pipe line from Rotterdam to Ruhrgebied opens
1960US Olympic Ice Hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal
1963Mickey Mantle of New York Yankees sign a baseball contract worth $100,000
1964What Makes Sammy Run?" opens at 84th St. Theater NYC for 540 performances"""
1965High Spirits" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 375 performances"""
1965Dutch Marijnen government resigns
1966Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler / Bernard Ford GRB
1966Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Belousova and Protopopov (USSR)
1966Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of US
1967Antigua and St. Christopher-Nevis become associated states of the UK
1967Dominica gains independence from England
1967Pink Floyd release their 1st single Arnold Layne""""
1967Rio de la Plata Treaty
1969Gen Hafez al-Assad becomes head of Syria via milt coup
1969President Nixon visits West-Berlin
1970New York Times (falsely) reports US army has ended domestic surveillance
1972President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued Shanghai Communique
1973American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota
1973Dick Allen signs a record $675,000 3-yr contract with White Sox
1973Members of American Indian Movement begin occupation of Wounded Knee
1973Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius
1973White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3-year $750,000 contract
1974People" magazine begins sales"""
1975CDU-politician Peter Lorentz kidnapped in West Berlin
1975House of Reps pass $21.3 billion anti-recession tax-cut bill
1976Final meeting between Mao tse Tung and Richard Nixon
1977Judy Rankin wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
1977Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession, Canada
198022nd Grammy Awards: What a Fool Believe, Streisand-Diamond duet
1980Israel and Egypt exchange ambassadors
1980Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota
1981Greatest passenger load on a commercial airliner-610 on Boeing 747
1981Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder record Ebony and Ivory""""
1982Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw
1982Earl Anthony becomes 1st pro bowler to win more than $1 million
1982Wayne Williams found guilty of murdering 2 of 28 blacks in Atlanta
1983Eamonn Coghlan set indoor mile record of 3:49.78
1983Jan Stephenson wins Tucson Conquistadores LPGA Golf Tournament
1984Carl Lewis jumps world record indoor (8,675 m)
1984WRC-AM in Washington DC changes call letters to WWRC
1985Farmers converge in Washington to demand economic relief
1987Washington Week In Review
1987Donald Regan resigned as White House Chief of Staff
1987Mike Conley triple jumps world indoor record (17.76m)
1988Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Orient Leasing Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1988Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1
1988Gulfstream G-IV goes around the world 36:08:34
1988Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating
1990Exxon Corp and Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)
1990No one elected to Hall of Fame for 2nd time in 3 years
1991Gulf War ends after Iraqi troops retreated and Kuwait is liberated
1991Noureddine Morcelli set 1500m mark at 3:34:16
1991Singer James Brown is released from prison
1991US led allied 6 week war with Iraq ends
1992Larry Smith, named 9th Commissioner of the CFL
1992Tiger Woods, 16, becomes youngest PGA golfer in 35 years
1993PBA National Championship Won by Ron Palombi Jr
199417th Winter Olympic games closes in Lillehammer, Norway
1994Maronite church near Beirut bombed, 10 killed
1995Car bomb explodes in Zakho, North-Iraq (54-80 killed)
1996Mark Waugh scores 126 in World Cup against India
1997Last Night of Ballyhoo" opens at Helen Hayes Theater"
1997Singer Sade (Helen Folasade), arrest in Jamaica for disobeying a cop
199814th Soap Opera Digest Awards
1998Apple discontinues developing Newton computer
1998FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati
1998NE Patriot David Meggett arrested in Toronto on sex assault charges

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