February 27 Events in History - February 27 Birthdays - February 27 Deaths
2015 Actor, director, photographer and writer Leonard Nimoy, most popularly known as Dr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies at age 83 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); Nimoy had been suffering from the illness for about a year
2014 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing to revise food labels by providing realistic serving sizes, emphasizing calories and sugar amounts, and breaking down fat listings into 'good' and 'bad' fats
2014 GE is focusing on development of wind power in Japan, seeing an opportunity for the nation to expand its renewable energy portfolio after Fukushima; GE has designed a wind turbine capable of weathering the country's distinct weather challenges
2013 JPMorgan reveals it plans to cut 17,000 jobs, mostly from its mortgage department, in the next two years
2013 At Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his farewell address
2012 Following an engine room fire, the cruise ship costa Allegra is left adrift in the Indian Ocean near the Seychelles
2012 Wikileaks begins releasing 5 million emails from Stratfor, a private intelligence company
2011 Wisconsin AFL-CIO assemble hundreds of union supporters claiming they will risk arrest to prevent police from clearing the Wisconsin State Capitol building
2011 Resolution 1970 is adopted by the U.N. Security Council; the resolution imposes sanctions on the regime of Muammar al-Gaddafi
2010 A tsunami warning went into effect for Chile and Peru after an 8.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Conception, Chile
2002 44th Grammy Awards, U2, Alicia Keyes, Nelly Furtado and James Taylor win major awards
1998 14th Soap Opera Digest Awards
1998 Apple discontinues developing Newton computer
1998 FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati
1998 New England Patriot David Meggett arrested in Toronto on sex assault charges
1997 "Last Night of Ballyhoo" opens at Helen Hayes Theater New York City
1997 Singer Sade (Helen Folasade), arrest in Jamaica for disobeying a cop
1996 Mark Waugh scores 126 in World Cup against India
1995 Car bomb explodes in Zakho, North-Iraq (54-80 killed)
1994 17th Winter Olympic games closes in Lillehammer, Norway
1994 Maronite church near Beirut bombed, 10 killed
1993 PBA National Championship Won by Ron Palombi Jr
1992 Larry Smith, named 9th Commissioner of the CFL
1992 Tiger Woods, 16, becomes youngest PGA golfer in 35 years
1991 Ben Elton's "Silly Cow," premieres in London
1991 6 week Gulf War ends after Iraqi troops retreated and Kuwait is liberated
1991 Noureddine Morcelli set 1500m mark at 3:34:16
1991 Singer James Brown is released from prison
1990 Exxon Corp and Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)
1990 No one elected to Hall of Fame for 2nd time in 3 years
1989 German war criminals Aus der Funten/Fischer, freed in Holland
1988 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Orient Leasing Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1988 Bonnie Blair (U.S.) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1
1988 Gulfstream G-IV goes around the world 36:08:34
1988 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating
1987 "Washington Week In Review," 20th anniversary on PBS
1987 Donald Regan resigned as White House chief of staff
1987 Mike Conley triple jumps world indoor record (17.76m)
1987 NCAA cancels SMU's entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption
1985 Farmers converge in Washington to demand economic relief
1985 Mauritania's new constitutional charter published
1984 Carl Lewis jumps world record indoor (8.675 m)
1984 WRC-AM in Washington D.C. changes call letters to WWRC
1984 Worker's union leader Billy Nair freed in South Africa
1983 Eamonn Coghlan set indoor mile record of 3:49.78
1983 Jan Stephenson wins Tucson Conquistadores LPGA Golf Tournament
1982 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw
1982 Earl Anthony becomes 1st pro bowler to win more than $1 million
1982 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1982 Wayne Williams found guilty of murdering 2 of 28 blacks in Atlanta
1981 Greatest passenger load on a commercial airliner-610 on Boeing 747
1981 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder record "Ebony and Ivory"
1980 22nd Grammy Awards: What a Fool Believe, Streisand-Diamond duet
1980 Israel and Egypt exchange ambassadors
1980 Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF wins elections in Zimbabwe
1980 Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota
1978 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1977 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
1977 Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession, Canada
1976 Final meeting between Mao tse Tung and Richard Nixon
1975 CDU-politician Peter Lorentz kidnapped in West Berlin
1975 House of Representatives pass $21.3 billion anti-recession tax-cut bill
1974 "People" magazine begins sales
1974 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1973 American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota
1973 Dick Allen signs a record $675,000 3-yr contract with White Sox
1973 Members of American Indian Movement begin occupation of Wounded Knee
1973 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius
1973 White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3-year $750,000 contract
1972 President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued Shanghai Communique
1970 New York Times falsely reports U.S. Army has ended domestic surveillance
1969 General Hafez al-Assad becomes head of Syria via miltary coup
1969 President Nixon visits West-Berlin
1967 Antigua and St. Christopher-Nevis become associated states of UK
1967 Dominica gains independence from England
1967 Pink Floyd finishes recordin the single, 'Arnold Layne" at London's EMI Studios
1967 Rio de la Plata Treaty
1966 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler/Bernard Ford GRB
1966 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Belousova and Protopopov of URS
1966 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of U.S.
1966 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Emmerich Danzer AUT
1965 "High Spirits" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 375 performances
1965 Dutch Marijnen government resigns
1965 France performs Underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
1964 "What Makes Sammy Run?" opens at 84th St. Theater New York City for 540 performances
1963 Mickey Mantle of New York Yankees sign a baseball contract worth $100,000
1962 South-Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem's palace bombed, 1st U.S. killed
1960 Oil pipeline from Rotterdam to Ruhrgebied opens
1960 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team beats U.S.S.R. 3-2 en route to gold medal
1959 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to Los Angeles Rams for 9 players
1959 Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers
1958 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1957 Mao's speech "On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People"
1957 Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an "X": "Xavier Cugat Show" on NBC (until X-Files)
1956 Elvis Presley's releases "Heartbreak Hotel"
1956 Female suffrage in Egypt
1955 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
1951 22nd amendment ratified, limiting president to 2 terms
1950 General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China
1949 Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st Israeli president
1947 Paul-Emile Victor French polar expeditions organized
1946 4th "Road" film, "Road to Utopia" premieres (New York City)
1945 Battle of U.S. 94 Infantry
1942 1st transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany
1942 Battle of Java Sea began 13 U.S. warships sunk - 2 Japanese
1942 J. S. Hey discovers radio emissions from Sun
1939 Belgian government of Pierlot falls
1939 English Spook house Borley Rectory destroyed in a fire
1939 France recognizes Franco's regime in Spain
1939 Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes
1938 Britain and France recognize Franco government in Spain
1937 Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket vs. England in 223 minutes
1936 Willy den Ouden swims world record 100 m free style (1:04.6)
1933 Jean Genet's "Intermezzo," premieres in Paris
1933 Nazis set fire to German parliament building, Reichstag, blame it on Communists
1932 38 die in coal mine explosion Boissevain, Virginia, USA
1930 Bouvet Island declared a Norwegian dependency
1929 Turkey signs Litvinov-pact
1927 For 2nd Sunday in a row golfers in South Carolina arrested for violating Sabbath
1925 Hitler's resurrects NSDAP political party in Munich
1925 Test Cricket debut of Clarrie Grimmett, who took 5-45 and 6-37 vs. England
1924 Belgium's Theunis government falls
1922 Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover convenes 1st National Radio Conference
1922 G. B. Shaw's "Back to Methusaleh I/II," premieres in New York City
1922 Supreme Court unanimously upheld 19th amend woman's right to vote
1921 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard
1921 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
1919 1st public performance of Holst's "Planets"
1919 American Association for Hard of Hearing forms (New York City)
1912 Lord Kitchener opens Khartoum-El Obeid (Nyala) railway
1908 Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954)
1908 Star #46 was added to U.S. flag for Oklahoma
1906 France and Britain agree to joint control of New Hebrides
1901 NL Rules Committee decrees that all fouls are to count as strikes except after two strikes
1900 Battle at Pietershoogte
1900 Boer General Cronje surrenders to English in Pardenberg, South Africa
1900 British Labour Party forms
1890 D Needham and P Kerrigan box 100 rounds (6 h 39 m), SF; match is draw
1883 Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine
1881 Battle at Amajuba, South Africa: Boers vs. British army under General Colley
1879 Constantine Fahlberg discovers saccharin the artificial sweetener
1877 U.S. Electoral College declares R. Hayes winner presidential election
1874 Baseball 1st played in England, at Lord's Cricket Grounds
1873 Dutch socialist Samuel van Wooden demands law against child labor
1872 Charlotte Ray, 1st Black woman lawyer, graduated Harvard University
1871 Meeting of Alabama claims commission
1869 John Menard is 1st black to make a speech in Congress
1865 Civil War skirmish near Sturgeon, Missouri
1864 6th and last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia (about 600 casualties)
1864 Near Andersonville Georgia, rebels open a new POW camp "Camp Sumpter"
1861 Russians shoot at Poles protesting Russian rule of Poland
1861 U.S. Congress authorizes 1st stamped newspaper wrappers for mailing
1861 Warsaw Massacre: Russians fire on crowd demonstrating against Russia
1854 Composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine
1844 Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti (National Day)
1827 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans
1816 Dutch regain Suriname
1814 Ludwig von Beethovens 8th Symphony in F, premieres
1813 1st federal vaccination legislation enacted
1813 Congress authorizes use of steamboats to transport mail
1803 Great fire in Bombay, India
1801 Washington D.C. placed under Congressional jurisdiction
1713 French troops bomb Willemstad Curacao
1700 Pacific Island of New Britain discovered
1696 English / Welsh nobles lay down Oath of Assn
1678 Earl of Shaftesbury freed out of London Tower
1670 Jews expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I
1667 Abraham Crijnssen conquerors Fort Willoughby (Zeelandia), Suriname
1665 Battle at Elmina, Gold Coast: Vice-Admiral De Ruyter beats English
1594 Henri IV crowned king of France
1563 William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral
1557 1st Russian Embassy opens in London, Russia and U.S. sign trade agreement
1531 Evangelical German monarchy/towns form Schmalkaldische Union
1526 Saxony and Hesse form League of Gotha (league of Protestant princes)
837 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet