What happened on February 27? There are more than 260 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About February 27

February 27 In HistoryFebruary 27 is the 58th day of the year 2021. There are 307 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday. This day falls under the 8th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Springfield, Illinois 62715 sunrise occured at 06:32 AM and sunset occured at 05:49 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Pisces. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 339 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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Historical Events For February 27

  • 380
    Edict of Thessalonica: Emperor Theodosius I, with co-emperors Gratian and Valentinian II, declare their wish that all Roman citizens convert to trinitarian Christianity.
  • 425
    The University of Constantinople is founded by Emperor Theodosius II at the urging of his wife Aelia Eudocia.
  • 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.
  • 1776
    American Revolutionary War: the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge in North Carolina breaks up a Loyalist militia.
  • 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
    Manuel Belgrano raises the Flag of Argentina in the city of Rosario for the first time.
  • 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.
  • 1861
    Russian troops fire on a crowd in Warsaw protesting against Russian rule over Poland, killing five protesters.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: The first Northern prisoners arrive at the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia.
  • 1870
    The current flag of Japan is first adopted as the national flag for Japanese merchant ships.
  • 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.
  • 1902
    Second Boer War: Harry ‘Breaker’Harbord Morant is executed in Pretoria.
  • 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
    United States labor law: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners’ rights and are therefore illegal.
  • 1940
    Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14
  • 1942
    World War II: During the Battle of the Java Sea, an allied strike force is defeated by a Japanese task force in the Java Sea in the Dutch East Indies
  • 1943
    The Rosenstrasse protest starts in Berlin
  • 1943
    The Smith Mine #3 in Bearcreek, Montana, explodes, killing 74 men.
  • 1951
    The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified.
  • 1955
    Soviet Union regional elections, 1955.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 riots.
  • 1991
    Gulf War: U.S. President George H. W. Bush announces that “Kuwait is liberated”.
  • 2002
    Godhra train burning: a Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya;
  • 2002
    Ryanair Flight 296 catches fire at London Stansted Airport. Subsequent investigations criticize Ryanair’s handling of the evacuation.
  • 2004
    A bombing of a Superferry by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines’ worst terrorist attack kills 116.
  • 2004
    The initial version of the John Jay Report, with details about the Catholic sexual abuse scandal in the United States, is released.
  • 2007
    The Chinese Correction: the Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years.
  • 2010
    An earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale strikes central parts of Chile leaving over 500 victims, and thousands injured. The quake triggered a tsunami which struck Hawaii shortly after.

Who Were Born On February 27?

  • 272
    Constantine the Great, Roman emperor (d. 337)
  • 1691
    Edward Cave, English editor and publisher (d. 1754)
  • 1711
    Constantine Mavrocordatos, Prince of Wallachia and Prince of Moldavia (d. 1769)
  • 1779
    Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (d. 1842)
  • 1789
    Manuel Rodríguez, Chilean lawyer and guerrilla leader, considered one of the founders of independent Chile (d. 1818)
  • 1807
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (d. 1882)
  • 1831
    Hiram Bond Everest, American co-founder of The Vacuum Oil Company (d. 1913)
  • 1847
    Ellen Terry, English actress (d.1928)
  • 1848
    Hubert Parry, English composer (d. 1918)
  • 1862
    Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (d. 1937)
  • 1867
    Irving Fisher, American economist (d. 1947)
  • 1875
    George Rodocanachi, Greek-British physician (d. 1944)
  • 1877
    Adela Verne, English pianist (d. 1952)
  • 1877
    Walter Briggs, Sr., American entrepreneur and sports team owner (d. 1952)
  • 1878
    Alvan T. Fuller, 50th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • 1879
    René Lefebvre, martyr of the French Resistance (d. 1944)
  • 1886
    Hugo Black, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1971)
  • 1888
    Earl Caddock, American professional wrestler (d. 1950)
  • 1888
    Lotte Lehmann, German singer (d. 1976)
  • 1888
    Roberto Assagioli, Italian psychiatrist (d. 1974)
  • 1890
    Freddie Keppard, American jazz musician (d. 1933)
  • 1891
    Anne Samson, oldest-ever nun documented (d. 2004)
  • 1891
    David Sarnoff, Russian-born broadcast pioneer (d. 1971)
  • 1892
    William Demarest, American actor (d. 1983)
  • 1895
    Miyagiyama Fukumatsu, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 29th Yokozuna (d. 1943)
  • 1897
    Marian Anderson, American contralto (d. 1993)
  • 1899
    Charles Best, Canadian medical scientist (d. 1978)
  • 1902
    Gene Sarazen, American golfer (d. 1999)
  • 1902
    John Steinbeck, American writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1968)
  • 1903
    Grethe Weiser, German actress (d. 1970)
  • 1904
    André Leducq, French cyclist (d. 1980)
  • 1904
    Chick Fullis, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • 1904
    James T. Farrell, American writer (d. 1979)
  • 1904
    Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist (d. 1996)
  • 1905
    Franchot Tone, American actor (d. 1968)
  • 1907
    Mildred Bailey, American singer (d. 1951)
  • 1907
    Walter Wolf, German politician (d. 1977)
  • 1910
    Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, American aircraft engineer (Lockheed Skunk Works) (d. 1990)
  • 1910
    Genrikh Gasparyan, Armenian chess player and composer (d. 1995)
  • 1910
    Joan Bennett, American actress (d. 1990)
  • 1910
    Peter De Vries, American writer (d. 1993)
  • 1910
    Ted Horn, American race car driver (d. 1948)
  • 1911
    Oscar Heidenstam, British bodybuilding champion (d. 1991)
  • 1912
    Kusumagraj, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • 1912
    Lawrence Durrell, British writer (d. 1990)
  • 1913
    Irwin Shaw, American writer (d. 1984)
  • 1913
    Kazimierz Sabbat, Polish president (d. 1989)
  • 1913
    Paul Ricoeur, French philosopher (d. 2005)
  • 1917
    John Connally, American politician, 55th United States Secretary of the Navy, 39th Governor of Texas, and 61st United States Secretary of Treasury (d. 1993)
  • 1921
    Theodore Van Kirk, American navigator of the Enola Gay
  • 1922
    Hans Rookmaaker, Dutch professor and art historian (d. 1977)
  • 1923
    Dexter Gordon, American jazz saxophonist (d. 1990)
  • 1925
    Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (d. 2004)
  • 1926
    David H. Hubel, Canadian neuroscientist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1927
    Guy Mitchell, American singer (d. 1999)
  • 1927
    Lynn Cartwright, American actress (d. 2004)
  • 1929
    Djalma Santos, Brazilian footballer
  • 1929
    Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (d. 2008)
  • 1930
    Joanne Woodward, American actress
  • 1930
    Paul von Ragué Schleyer, American chemist
  • 1930
    Peter Stone, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1932
    Elizabeth Taylor, British-American actress (d.2011)
  • 1933
    Raymond Berry, American football player
  • 1934
    N. Scott Momaday, American writer
  • 1934
    Ralph Nader, American author, activist and political figure
  • 1934
    Van Williams, American actor
  • 1934
    Vincent Fourcade, French interior designer (d. 1992)
  • 1935
    Mirella Freni, Italian soprano
  • 1936
    Roger Mahony, fourth Archbishop of Los Angeles
  • 1936
    Ron Barassi, Australian rules footballer
  • 1937
    Barbara Babcock, American actress
  • 1937
    David Ackles, American singer songwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1938
    Jake Thackray, Engish singer-songwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1939
    Peter Revson, American racecar driver (d. 1974)
  • 1940
    Bill Hunter, Australian actor
  • 1940
    Howard Hesseman, American actor
  • 1941
    Paddy Ashdown, British politician
  • 1942
    Charlayne Hunter-Gault, American journalist
  • 1942
    Michel Forget, Canadian actor
  • 1942
    Robert H. Grubbs, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1943
    Mary Frann, American actress (d. 1998)
  • 1943
    Morten Lauridsen, American composer
  • 1944
    Graeme Pollock, South African cricketer
  • 1944
    Ken Grimwood, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1944
    Roger Scruton, British philosopher
  • 1945
    Carl Anderson, American singer and actor (d. 2004)
  • 1947
    Alan Guth, American theoretical physicist and cosmologist
  • 1947
    Gidon Kremer, Latvian violinist
  • 1949
    Rosalinda Galli, Italian voice actress
  • 1950
    Julia Neuberger, British rabbi and politician
  • 1951
    Lee Atwater, American political figure (d. 1991)
  • 1951
    Steve Harley, British rock musician (Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel)
  • 1952
    Stathis Psaltis, Greek actor
  • 1953
    Gabriela Svobodová, Czech cross country skier
  • 1954
    Neal Schon, American musician (Journey)
  • 1954
    Uri Shulevitz, American author and illustrator
  • 1955
    Peter Christopherson, English musician and video director
  • 1957
    Adrian Smith, English musician (Iron Maiden)
  • 1957
    Danny Antonucci, Canadian animator
  • 1957
    Timothy Spall, English actor
  • 1957
    Viktor Markin, Russian athlete
  • 1958
    Naas Botha, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1958
    Nancy Spungen, American murder victim (d. 1978)
  • 1959
    Johnny Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • 1960
    Andrés Gómez, Ecuadorian tennis player
  • 1961
    James Worthy, American basketball player
  • 1962
    Adam Baldwin, American actor
  • 1962
    Grant Show, American actor
  • 1963
    Pär Nuder, Swedish politician
  • 1964
    Todd Bodine, American race car driver
  • 1965
    Frank Peter Zimmermann, German violinist
  • 1965
    Joakim Sundström, Swedish sound editor and sound designer
  • 1965
    Noah Emmerich, American actor
  • 1966
    Donal Logue, Canadian actor
  • 1968
    Matt Stairs, Canadian baseball player
  • 1969
    Brad Vander Ark, American musician
  • 1970
    Kent Desormeaux, American jockey
  • 1970
    Matthias Lechner, German art director
  • 1970
    Michael A. Burstein, American writer
  • 1970
    Patricia Petibon, French opera singer
  • 1971
    “Chilli” Thomas, American singer (TLC)
  • 1971
    Derren Brown, British psychological illusionist
  • 1971
    Paul Hudson, BBC Look North Weatherman.
  • 1972
    Jennifer Lyon, American reality television personality (Survivor: Palau) (d. 2010)
  • 1973
    Ali Tabatabaee, American Iranian rapper (Zebrahead)
  • 1973
    Mark Taylor, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • 1973
    Peter André, Australian singer
  • 1974
    Carte Goodwin, American politician, junior senator of West Virginia
  • 1974
    Colin Edwards, American motorcycle racer
  • 1975
    Prodromos Korkizoglou, Greek decathlete
  • 1975
    Shelby Walker, American mixed martial artist (d. 2006)
  • 1976
    Tony Gonzalez, American football player
  • 1977
    James Wan, Australian film director
  • 1977
    Ji Sung, South Korean actor
  • 1977
    Lance Hoyt, American professional wrestler
  • 1978
    James Beattie, English footballer
  • 1980
    Bobby V, American singer
  • 1980
    Brandon Beemer, American actor
  • 1980
    Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton
  • 1980
    Scott Prince, Australian Rugby League Player
  • 1981
    Élodie Ouédraogo, Belgian athlete
  • 1981
    Cameron Ling, Australian Rules footballer
  • 1981
    Josh Groban, American singer
  • 1983
    Devin Harris, American basketball player
  • 1983
    Duje Draganja, Croatian swimmer
  • 1983
    Hayley Angel Wardle, English actress
  • 1983
    Kate Mara, American actress
  • 1984
    Antti Tuisku, Finnish singer
  • 1984
    David Noel, American basketball player
  • 1984
    Lotta Schelin, Swedish female footballer
  • 1985
    Braydon Coburn, Canadian hockey player
  • 1985
    Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Russian footballer
  • 1986
    Yovani Gallardo, American baseball player
  • 1988
    Dustin Jeffrey, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1989
    David Button, English footballer
  • 1989
    Shota Shimizu, Japanese musician
  • 1989
    Stefano Langone, American Idol season 10 contestant
  • 1991
    Azeem Rafiq, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1992
    Jonjo Shelvey, English footballer
  • 1994
    Hou Yifan, Chinese chess player

Who Died On February 27?

  • 956
    Theophylact, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 917)
  • 1659
    Henry Dunster, first President of Harvard College (b. 1609)
  • 1699
    Charles Paulet, 1st Duke of Bolton, English politician (b. c.1625)
  • 1706
    John Evelyn, English diarist (b. 1620)
  • 1720
    Samuel Parris, English-born Puritan minister (b. 1653)
  • 1735
    John Arbuthnot, English physician and writer (b. 1667)
  • 1795
    Tanikaze Kajinosuke, Jamapese sumo wrestler, the 4th Yokozuna (b. 1750)
  • 1844
    Nicholas Biddle, President of the Second Bank of the United States (b. 1786)
  • 1887
    Alexander Borodin, Russian composer and chemist (b. 1833)
  • 1892
    Louis Vuitton, French luggage maker (b. 1821)
  • 1902
    Harry ‘Breaker’Morant, Anglo-Australian Soldier executed in the Second Boer War under controversial circumstances (b. 1864)
  • 1902
    Peter Handcock, Australian Soldier executed in the Second Boer War under controversial circumstances (b. 1869)
  • 1921
    Schofield Haigh, English cricketer (b. 1871)
  • 1932
    William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher (b. 1843)
  • 1936
    Ivan Pavlov, Russian physiologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1849)
  • 1936
    Joshua W. Alexander, U.S. Secretary of Commerce under Woodrow Wilson (b. 1852)
  • 1941
    William D. Byron, U.S. Congressman (b. 1895)
  • 1943
    Kostis Palamas, Greek poet, twice nominated for the Nobel prize (b. 1859)
  • 1964
    Orry-Kelly, Australian costume designer (b. 1897)
  • 1968
    Frankie Lymon, American singer (b. 1942)
  • 1969
    Marius Barbeau, Canadian folklorist (b. 1883)
  • 1970
    Marie Dionne, one of the Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)
  • 1972
    Pat Brady, American actor and singer (b. 1914)
  • 1973
    Bill Everett, American comic book artist, co-created Daredevil and Namor the Sub-Mariner for Marvel Comics (b. 1917)
  • 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 goaltender (b. 1929)
  • 1987
    Bill Holman, American cartoonist (Smokey Stover) (b. 1903)
  • 1987
    Franciszek Blachnicki, Polish priest (b. 1921)
  • 1987
    Joan Greenwood, English actress and director (b. 1921)
  • 1989
    Konrad Lorenz, Austrian zoologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1903)
  • 1989
    Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer (b. 1897)
  • 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
    Fred Rogers, American children’s television actor (b. 1928)
  • 2003
    John Lanchbery, English composer (b. 1923)
  • 2004
    Paul Sweezy, American economist and editor (b. 1910)
  • 2004
    Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historians (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    Jessica Lunsford, murder victim (b. 1995)
  • 2006
    Linda Smith, British comedian (b. 1958)
  • 2006
    Otis Chandler, American newspaper publisher (b. 1927)
  • 2006
    Robert Lee Scott, Jr., U.S. General, Flying Tiger, and author (b. 1908)
  • 2007
    Bernd von Freytag-Loringhoven, German soldier (b. 1914)
  • 2007
    Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (b. 1924)
  • 2008
    Boyd Coddington, American automobile designer (b. 1944)
  • 2008
    Myron Cope, American sports broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • 2008
    William F. Buckley, Jr., American conservative author, commentator and entrepreneur(b. 1925)
  • 2011
    Duke Snider, American professional baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2011
    Frank Buckles, last surviving American World War I veteran (b. 1901)

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