February 27 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1693 1st women’s magazine “Ladies’ Mercury” published in London, England

1900 In London, the Trades Union Congress and the Independent Labour Party (formed in 1893) meet, results in a Labour Representative Committee and eventually the modern Labour Party in 1906

1933 Nazi Germany’s parliament building “The Reichstag” is destroyed by fire; possibly set by the Nazis, who blame and execute Dutch Communist Marinus van der Lubbe

1940 Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14 (radiocarbon dating) at the University of California Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California

1950 General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China

1957 Mao’s famous speech to the Supreme State Conference “On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People” expounding Maoist ideals

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

Today’s Historical Events

837 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

1526 Saxony and Hesse form League of Gotha (league of Protestant princes)

1531 Evangelical German towns form Schmalkaldische Union

1557 1st Russian Embassy arrives in London

1594 Henry IV crowned King of France

1626 Yuan Chonghuan is appointed Governor of Liaodong, after he led the Chinese into a great victory against the Manchurians under Nurhaci

1665 Battle at Elmina, Gold Coast: Vice-admiral De Ruyter beats English

1667 Abraham Crijnssen conquers Fort Willoughby (Zeelandia), Suriname

Today’s Historical Events in Flim and TV

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

1941 13th Academy Awards: “Rebecca”, James Stewart & Ginger Rogers win

1957 Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an “X”: “Xavier Cugat Show” on NBC (until X-Files)

1964 Erwin Drake’s musical “What Makes Sammy Run?”, starring Steve Lawrence, Robert Alda, and Sally Ann Howes, opens at 54th St Theater, NYC; runs for 540 performances

1965 Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray’s musical “High Spirits”, based on Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”, closes at Alvin Theater, NYC, after 375 performances

1968 CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite delivers a scathing editorial on America’s chances of winning the Vietnam War

1986 The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis

1996 American film production company “Happy Madison Productions” is founded by Adam Sandler

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1563 British composer William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, England

1814 Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Symphony No. 8 in F major premieres in Vienna

1854 German composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine River

1977 Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession in Canada

1977 Swedish pop group ABBA arrives in Australia for the first time, sparking “ABBA-mania”

1980 22nd Grammy Awards: Song of the Year – Kenny Loggins’ “What A Fool Believes”; Best Album – Billy Joel‘s “52nd Street”

1981 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder record the single “Ebony & Ivory”

1990 “Hold On” single released by Wilson Phillips (Billboard Song of the Year 1990)

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1850 12th Grand National: Chris Green wins aboard Irish outsider Abd-El-Kader; goes on to become first dual winner and first to win in consecutive years

1856 18th Grand National: George Stevens wins aboard 25/1 Freetrader; first of Stevens’ record 5 GN victories

1874 Baseball 1st played in England at Lord’s Cricket Ground

1921 US Female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard; US male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger

1925 Test Cricket debut of Clarrie Grimmett, who took 5-45 & 6-37 v England

1936 Dutch swimmer Willy den Ouden sets new women’s world 100m freestyle record (1:04.6) in Amsterdam; lasts 22 years until broken in 1956 by Dawn Fraser of Australia

1937 Australian cricketer Don Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test match v England in 223 minutes, ensuring Australia wins the Ashes 3-2

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


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