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This Day in History for February 27

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This Day In History1563 – William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral.

1801 – Washington, DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction.

1813 – 1st federal vaccination legislation enacted.

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

1827 – 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans.

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.

1869 – John Menard is 1st black to make a speech in the US Congress.

1883 – Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine.

1901 – National League Rules Committee decrees that all fouls are to count as strikes except after two strikes.

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 Cable & Claudette Colbert win.

1959 – Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers.

1969 – President Nixon visits West Berlin.

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.

1991 – Gulf War ends after Iraqi troops retreat and Kuwait is re-taken by the US.

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

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

2014 – Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona vetoes a “religious freedom” bill that would have allowed businesses to turn away gay customers.

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