A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, February 27th!
|1801||The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.|
|1807||Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine.|
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
|1827||The first Mardi-Gras celebration is held in New Orleans.|
|1902||Author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, Calif.|
|1951||The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting a president to two terms of office, was ratified.|
|1973||Members of the American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee, S.D., the site of the 1890 massacre of Sioux men, women and children. The occupation lasted until May.|
|1991||President George H.W. Bush announced the end of the Persian Gulf War, saying the allies would suspend combat operations at midnight.|
|1997||Divorce became legal in Ireland.|
|1997||Legislation banning most handguns in Britain went into effect.|
|2002||Alicia Keys won five Grammy Awards for her debut album, “Songs in A Minor.”|
|2002||A mob of Muslims set fire to a train carrying hundreds of Hindu nationalists in Godhra, India; some 60 people died.|
|2008||Author and conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. died at age 82.|
William F. Buckley Jr.
|2010||An 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami killed 524 people in Chile caused $30 billion in damage and left over 200,000 homeless.|
Today in History facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.