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:
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:
In 1922The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the 19th amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed women’s suffrage, in the Reader v. Garnett case.
In 1939The Supreme Court ruled in the National Labor Relations Board v Fansteel Metallurgical Corp. Sit-in strikes effectively prohibited.
In 1942The Battle of the Java Sea began in World War II. The Japanese Imperial Naval Forces achieved a decisive victory over the Allies.
In 1951The 22nd amendment to the constitution, which limits a president to two terms, has been ratified.
In 1968At the end of a CBS News special report on the Vietnam War, Walter Cronkite made a comment saying the conflict was “sinking into a stalemate”.
In 1973Members of the Indian movement occupied the hamlet of Wounded Knee in South Dakota, where the 1890 massacre of Sioux men, women and children took place. (The occupation lasted until the following May.)
In 1982 Wayne Williams was convicted of murdering two of the 28 young blacks whose bodies were found in the Atlanta area over a period of 22 months. (Williams, who has also been blamed for 22 other deaths, has preserved his innocence.)
In 1991Operation Desert Storm came to a close when President George HW Bush declared “Kuwait is liberated, the Iraqi army is defeated” and announced that the Allies would cease fighting at midnight Eastern time.
In 1998With the approval of Queen Elizabeth II, the House of Lords agreed to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving the firstborn daughter of a monarch the same right to the throne as any firstborn son.
In 2003Children’s television presenter Fred Rogers died in Pittsburgh at the age of 74.
In 2010An 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Chile killed 524 people, inflicted $ 30 billion in damage and left more than 200,000 homeless.
In 2015The 83-year-old actor Leonard Nimoy, world famous for Star Trek fans, when the pointy, 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 Academy Awards including 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 overwhelmed Bernie Sanders in elementary school in South Carolina. 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, as 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.
Today’s birthdays: Actor Joanne Woodward is 91. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is 87. Actor Barbara Babcock is 84. Actor Howard Hesseman is 81. Actor Debra Monk is 72. Singer-musician Neal Schon (Reise) is 67. Musician Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and the actor Timothy Spall are 64 years old. The musician Paul Humphreys (orchestral maneuvers in the dark) and the singer Johnny Van Zant (Van Zant) are 61 years old. Musician Leon Mobley (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals) and Basketball Hall of Famer James Worthy are 60 years old. The actors Adam Baldwin and Grant Show are 59. Actor Noah Emmerich is 56. Actor Donal Logue is 55. Singer Chilli (TLC) is 50. Musician Jeremy Dean (Nine Days) is 49. Country rock musician Shonna is Tucker 43. Chelsea Clinton, actor Brandon Beemer, musicians Cyrus Bolooki (New Found Glory) and Jake Clemons (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band), and R&B singer Bobby V are 41.Singer Josh Groban and banjoist Noam Pikely are 40. Musician Jared Champion (Cage the Elefant) and actress Kate Mara are 38. TV personality JWow w (AKA Jenni Farley) is 35. Actor Lindsey Morgan is 31.