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What Happened On This Day In History?


Monday, February 27th 2017

Today is the 58th day of 2017.  There are 307 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1801
The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.
1861
In Warsaw, Russian troops fired on a crowd protesting Russian rule over Poland. Five marchers were killed.
1922
The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that guaranteed the right of women to vote.
1933
Germany's parliament building, the Reichstag, caught fire. The Nazis, blaming the Communists, used the fire as a pretext for suspending civil liberties.
1939
The Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.
1960
The U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviet Union 3-2 at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, Calif. The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.
1972
President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued the Shanghai Communique at the conclusion of Nixon's historic visit to China.
1982
Wayne B. Williams was found guilty of murdering two of the 28 young blacks whose bodies were found in the Atlanta area over a 22-month period.
1986
The U.S. Senate approved telecasts of its debates on a trial basis.
1991
President Bush declared that "Kuwait is liberated, Iraq's army is defeated," and announced that the allies would suspend combat operations at midnight.
1997
Divorce became legal in Ireland.
1998
With the approval of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's House of Lords agreed 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.

Notable Births

1807
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine.
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