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On February 27th, 1960, the US
Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets, three
goals to two, at the Winter Games in Squaw
Valley, California. (The US team went on to win
the gold medal.)
On this date:
In 1801, the District of Columbia was placed
under the jurisdiction of Congress.
In 1807, poet
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland,
In 1861, in
Warsaw, Russian troops fired on a crowd
protesting Russian rule over Poland; five
marchers were killed.
In 1922, the
Supreme Court unanimously upheld the 19th
Amendment to the Constitution that guaranteed the
right of women to vote.
In 1933, Germany's
parliament building, the Reichstag, caught fire.
The Nazis, blaming the Communists, used the fire
as a pretext for suspending civil liberties.
In 1939, the
Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.
In 1972, President
Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai
issued the Shanghai Communique at the conclusion
of Nixon's historic visit to China.
In 1973, members
of the American Indian Movement occupied the
hamlet of Wounded Knee in South Dakota, the site
of the 1890 massacre of Sioux men, women and
children. (The occupation lasted until May.)
In 1982, Wayne B.
Williams was found guilty of murdering two of the
28 young blacks whose bodies were found in the
Atlanta area over a 22-month period.
In 1997, divorce
became legal in Ireland.
Ten years ago: The
Supreme Court ruled that prison officials could
force inmates to take powerful anti-psychotic
drugs without a judge's consent.
Five years ago:
Court-appointed salvagers swarmed into Britain's
oldest investment bank to evaluate the remaining
assets of Barings PLC after Nick Leeson, a
28-year-old trader, ruined the firm by gambling
on Tokyo stock prices.
One year ago: The
Reverend Henry Lyons, president of the National
Baptist Convention USA, was convicted in Largo,
Florida, of swindling millions of dollars from
companies seeking to do business with his
followers. Nigerians voted to elect Olusegun
Obasanjo their new president as the country
marked the final phase of its return to
"All that is human
must be retrograde if it does not advance."
Edward Gibbon, English historian (1737-1794).