St. Augustine Record
Today is Saturday, February 27th, the 58th day of the year 2021. There are still 307 days in the year.
Today’s highlight in history
On February 27, 1933, the German parliament building, the Reichstag, was destroyed by fire. Chancellor Adolf Hitler, who accused the communists, used the fire to justify the abolition of civil liberties.
On this date
1922: The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the 19th amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing women’s suffrage in the Reader v Garnett case.
1939: The Supreme Court ruled in the National Labor Relations Board v Fansteel Metallurgical Corp. Sit-in strikes effectively prohibited.
1942: The Battle of the Java Sea began in World War II. The Japanese Imperial Naval Forces achieved a decisive victory over the Allies.
1951: The 22nd amendment to the constitution, restricting a president to two terms, was ratified.
1968: At the conclusion of a CBS News special report on the Vietnam War, Walter Cronkite made a comment saying the conflict was “sinking into a stalemate”.
1973: Members of the Indian movement occupied the hamlet of Wounded Knee in South Dakota, where the massacre of Sioux men, women and children took place in 1890. (The occupation lasted until the following May.)
1982: Wayne Williams was convicted of murdering two of the 28 young blacks whose bodies were found in the Atlanta area over a 22-month period. (Williams, who has also been blamed for 22 other deaths, has preserved his innocence.)
1991: Operation Desert Storm came to an end when President George HW Bush declared “Kuwait is liberated, the Iraqi army is defeated” and announced that the Allies would cease fighting at midnight (east coast time).
1998: With the approval of Queen Elizabeth II, the House of Lords agreed to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving a monarch’s firstborn daughter the same right to the throne as any firstborn son.
2003: Children’s TV presenter Fred Rogers died in Pittsburgh at the age of 74.
2010: An 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami killed 524 people, caused $ 30 billion in damage and left more than 200,000 homeless in Chile.
2015: The 83-year-old actor Leonard Nimoy, world famous to Star Trek fans as the pointed-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, died in Los Angeles. Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and harsh critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down near the Kremlin.
Ten years ago: “The King’s Speech” won four Oscar awards, including the best picture. Colin Firth was named Best Actor for his portrayal of the British King George VI. Frank Buckles, the last surviving American World War I veteran who also survived World War II as a civilian prisoner of war in the Philippines, died at the age of 110 in Charles Town, West Virginia. Duke Snider, 84, Baseball Hall of Famer, who helped the Dodgers bring their only World Series crown to Brooklyn, died in Escondido, California.
Five years ago: Hillary Clinton overpowered Bernie Sanders in South Carolina elementary school. A ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia went into effect across Syria. Three people were stabbed to death in a violent clash between members of the Ku Klux Klan and counter-demonstrators in Anaheim, California. “Fifty Shades of Gray” won five awards at the Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Screenplay, Actor, Actress, Film Combination, and Fantastic Four Film of the Year.
A year ago: US stocks posted their worst one-day decline since 2011, when global markets collapsed amid growing coronavirus concerns. The Dow fell nearly 1,200 points. President Donald Trump said a widespread outbreak of the virus in the US was not inevitable, even if top health officials on his side warned that more infections would come. Vice President Mike Pence convened his first meeting of the president’s coronavirus task force the day after he was appointed as the government’s point of contact for the epidemic. Saudi Arabia has closed the holiest places in Islam to foreign pilgrims due to the corona virus.