February 27, 2024 at 1:05 a.m.
Today In History

Today In History – February 27

February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar


There are many events that happened on this date in history. Here are just a few of them!

February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 307 days remain until the end of the year (308 in leap years).

EVENTS

1594 – Henry IV is crowned King of France.

1776 – American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in North Carolina breaks up a Loyalist militia.

1782 – American Revolutionary War: The House of Commons of Great Britain votes against further war in America.

1801 – Pursuant to the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801, Washington, D.C. is placed under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress.

1812 – Poet Lord Byron gives his first address as a member of the House of Lords, in defense of Luddite violence against Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire.

1844 – The Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti.

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.

1864 – American Civil War: The first Northern prisoners arrive at the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia.

1922 – A challenge to the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, allowing women the right to vote, is rebuffed by the Supreme Court of the United States in Leser v. Garnett.

1951 – The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified.

1964 – The Government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.

BIRTHS

272 – Constantine the Great, Roman emperor (d. 337)

1799 – Edward Belcher, British naval officer, hydrographer, and explorer (d. 1877)

1867 – Irving Fisher, American economist and statistician (d. 1947)

1867 – Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, Swedish composer and critic (d. 1942)

1869 – Alice Hamilton, American physician and academic (d. 1970)

1888 – Stephen McKenna, English novelist (d. 1967)

1891 – David Sarnoff, American businessman, founded RCA (d. 1971)

1892 – William Demarest, American actor (d. 1983)

1897 – Marian Anderson, American singer (d. 1993)

1910 – Joan Bennett, American actress (d. 1990)

1917 – John Connally, American lieutenant and politician, 39th Governor of Texas and 61st United States Secretary of Treasury (d. 1993)

1930 – Joanne Woodward, American actress

1932 – Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress and humanitarian (d. 2011)

1934 – Ralph Nader, American lawyer, politician, and activist

1937 – Barbara Babcock, American actress

1940 – Howard Hesseman, American actor (d. 2022)

1949 – Debra Monk, American actress, singer, and writer

1961 – James Worthy, American basketball player and sportscaster

1962 – Adam Baldwin, American actor

1967 – Jony Ive, English-American industrial designer, former chief design officer of Apple

1971 – Sara Blakely, American businesswoman, founded Spanx

1971 – Derren Brown, English magician and painter

1980 – Chelsea Clinton, American journalist and academic

1981 – Josh Groban, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

DEATHS

1887 – Alexander Borodin, Russian composer and chemist (b. 1833)

1892 – Louis Vuitton, French fashion designer and businessman, founded Louis Vuitton (b. 1821)

1936 – Joshua W. Alexander, American judge and politician, 2nd United States Secretary of Commerce (b. 1852)

1936 – Ivan Pavlov, Russian physiologist and physician, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1849)

1980 – George Tobias, American actor (b. 1901)

1985 – Ray Ellington, English singer and drummer (b. 1916)

1985 – Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., American politician and diplomat, 3rd United States Ambassador to the United Nations (b. 1902)

1985 – J. Pat O'Malley, English-American actor and singer (b. 1904)

1993 – Lillian Gish, American actress (b. 1893)

2003 – Fred Rogers, American minister and television host (b. 1928)

2013 – Van Cliburn, American pianist (b. 1934)


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