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Today in History (27 February 2008)

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    1560 - The Treaty of Berwick, which would expel the French from Scotland, is signed by England and the Congregation of Scotland.
    1594 - Henry IV is crowned King of France.
    1617 - Sweden and Russia sign the Treaty of Stolbovo, ending the Ingrian War and shutting Russia out of the Baltic Sea.
    1626 - Yuan Chonghuan is appointed Governor of Liaodong, after he led the Chinese into a great victory against the Manchurians under Nurhaci.
    1700 - The island of New Britain is discovered.
    1801 - Washington, DC 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 was largely responsible for his election to the Presidency.
    1861 - A crowd in Warsaw protesting against Russian rule over Poland is fired upon by Russian troops, killing five protesters.
    1864 - American Civil War: The first Northern prisoners arrive at the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia.
    1900 - Second Boer War: In South Africa, British military leaders receive an unconditional notice of surrender from Boer General Piet Cronje at the Battle of Paardeberg.
    1900 - The British Labour Party is founded.
    1921 - The International Working Union of Socialist Parties is founded in Vienna.
    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.
    1933 - Reichstag fire: Germany's parliament building in Berlin, the Reichstag, is set on fire.
    1939 - American Civil Rights Movement: Sit-down strikes are outlawed by the Supreme Court of the United States.
    1940 - Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discovered carbon-14
    1942 - World War II: During the Battle of the Java Sea, an allied (ABDA) strike force is defeated by a Japanese task force in the Java Sea in the Dutch East Indies
    1943 - The Smith Mine #3 in Bearcreek, Montana, explodes, killing 74 men.
    1943 - The Rosenstrasse protest starts in Berlin
    1951 - The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified.
    1961 - The first congress of the Spanish Trade Union Organisation is inaugurated.
    1963 - The Dominican Republic receives its first democratically elected president, Juan Bosch, since the end of the dictatorship led by Rafael Trujillo.
    1964 - The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.
    1967 - Dominica gains independence from the United Kingdom.
    1971 - Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (the Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform aborti provocati.
    1973 - The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
    1974 - People magazine is published for the first time.
    1976 - The formerly Spanish territory of Western Sahara, under the auspices of the Polisario Front declares independence as the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
    1986 - The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis.
    1989 - Venezuela is rocked by the Caracazo.
    1991 - Gulf War: U.S. President George H. W. Bush announces that "Kuwait is liberated."
    1999 - Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria's first elected president since mid-1983.
    1999 - Korea International School is founded by Soon-Il Chung. It is currently directed by Ann Clapper.
    2002 - Ryanair Flight 296 catches fire in London Stansted Airport. Subsequent investigations criticize Ryanair's handling of the evacuation.
    2002 - Godhra train burning, a Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya;
    2003 - Rowan Williams is enthroned as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury in the Anglican church.
    2004 - A bombing of a Superferry by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines worst terrorist attack kills 116.
    2004 - Former BPMC general secretary Ordrick Samuel launches a new party in Barbuda, Barbudans for a Better Barbuda.
    2007 - The general strike against Lansana Conté in Guinea ends.
    2007 - The Chinese Correction, the Shanghai Stock Exchange tumbled 9% the largest drop in 10 years.


    1963 - Pär Nuder, Swedish politician
    1964 - Todd Bodine, American race car driver
    1965 - Noah Emmerich, American actor
    1965 - Frank Peter Zimmermann, German violinist
    1965 - Joakim Sundström, Swedish sound editor, sound designer and musician
    1966 - Donal Logue, Canadian actor
    1967 - Stuart Turner, General Good Guy
    1968 - Matt Stairs, Canadian baseball player
    1969 - Brad Vander Ark, American musician
    1970 - Michael A. Burstein, American writer
    1970 - Patricia Petibon, French opera singer
    1971 - Derren Brown, British psychological illusionist
    1971 - Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, American singer (TLC)
    1973 - Ali Tabatabaee, American Iranian rapper (Zebrahead)
    1973 - Mark Taylor, Welsh rugby union footballer
    1973 - Peter André, English singer - Husband to Katie Price, Glamour model
    1975 - Prodromos Korkizoglou, Greek decathlete
    1975 - Shelby Walker, American mixed martial artist (d. 2006)
    1976 - Tony Gonzalez, American football player
    1977 - Lance Hoyt, American professional wrestler
    1977 - Ji Sung, South Korean actor
    1978 - James Beattie, English footballer
    1980 - Bobby Valentino, American singer
    1980 - Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton
    1981 - Josh Groban, American singer
    1983 - Hayley Angel Wardle, English actress
    1984 - Juliana Imai, Brazilian model
    1984 - David Noel, American basketball player
    1984 - Antti Tuisku, Finnish singer
    1984 - Lotta Schelin, Swedish female footballer
    1986 - Nicole Linkletter, America's Next Top Model
    1989 - Kelly Breeding, American singer from B5
    1991 - Azeem Rafiq, Yorkshire CCC & English U15 captain


    1972 - Pat Brady, American actor and singer (b. 1914)
    1977 - John Dickson Carr, American author (b. 1905)
    1978 - Vadim Salmanov, Russian composer (b. 1912)
    1980 - George Tobias, American actor (b. 1901)
    1981 - Jacob H. Gilbert, American politician (b. 1920)
    1985 - Henry Cabot Lodge, American politician (b. 1902)
    1986 - Jacques Plante, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1929)
    1987 - Joan Greenwood, English actress and director (b. 1921)
    1989 - Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer (b. 1897)
    1989 - Konrad Lorenz, Austrian zoologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1903)
    1990 - Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (b. 1903)
    1992 - S. I. Hayakawa, Canadian-American linguist and politician (b. 1906)
    1993 - Lillian Gish, American actress (b. 1893)
    1998 - George H. Hitchings, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1905)
    1998 - J. T. Walsh, American actor (b. 1943)
    2002 - Spike Milligan, Irish comedian (b. 1918)
    2003 - John Lanchbery, English composer (b. 1923)
    2003 - Fred Rogers, American children's television actor (b. 1928)
    2004 - Paul Sweezy, American economist and editor (b. 1910)
    2004 - Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historians (b. 1928)
    2006 - Otis Chandler, American newspaper publisher (b. 1927)
    2006 - Robert Lee Scott, Jr., U.S. General, Flying Tiger, and author (b. 1908)
    2006 - Linda Smith, British comedian (b. 1958)
    2007 - Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (b. 1924)
    2007 - Bernd von Freytag-Loringhoven, German soldier (b. 1914)

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