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This Day in History for February 27

This Day In History1801 – Washington, DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction.

 

1813 – US Congress authorizes use of steamboats to transport mail.

 

1827 – 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans.

 

1864 – US Congress authorizes 1st stamped newspaper wrappers for mailing.

 

1879 – Constantine Fahlberg discovers saccharin (artificial sweetener).

 

1919 – American Association for Hard of Hearing forms (NYC).

 

1922 – US Supreme Court unanimously upheld 19th amendment to the US Constitution – women’s right to vote.

 

1935 – 7th Academy Awards: “It Happened One Night”, Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert win.

 

1951 – 22nd amendment ratified, limiting US Presidents to 2 terms.

 

1963 – Mickey Mantle of NY Yankees signs a baseball contract worth $100,000.

 

1964 – “What Makes Sammy Run?” opens at 84th St. Theater NYC for 540 performances.

 

1966 – 8th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (160.927 MPH).

 

1974 – “People” magazine begins sales.

 

1975 – US House of Representatives pass $21.3 billion anti-recession tax-cut bill.

 

1981 – Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder record “Ebony & Ivory”.

 

1985 – Farmers converge in Washington to demand economic relief.

 

1990 – No one elected to Baseball Hall of Fame for 2nd time in 3 years.

 

1992 – Tiger Woods, 16, becomes youngest PGA golfer in 35 years.

 

2005 – 77th Academy Awards: “Million Dollar Baby”, Jamie Foxx & Hilary Swank win.

 

2012 – Wikileaks begins disclosing 5 million emails from private intelligence company Stratfor.

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