Return to home274 Feb 27,
Constantine I was born. He became the great Roman emperor (324-337)
who adopted Christianity. [see c288]
425 Feb 27, Theodosius
effectively founded a university in Constantinople.
1167 Feb 27, Robert of Melun,
English philosopher, bishop of Hereford, died.
1425 Feb 27, Moscow's Grand Duke
Vasilii died and his brother-in-law, Vytautas, became guardian of
his son, Vasilii, and daughter, Sophia.
1526 Feb 27, Saxony and Hesse
formed the League of Gotha, a league of Protestant princes.
1531 Feb 27, German Protestants
formed the League of Schmalkalden to defend themselves against
Charles V and the Roman Catholic states.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.14)(HN, 2/27/99)
1557 Feb 27, The 1st Russian
Embassy opened in London.
1563 Feb 27, William Byrd,
English composer, was appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.20)(MC, 2/27/02)
1622 Feb 27, Rembrandt Carel
Fabritius (d.1654), Dutch painter, was born.
(SFC, 4/4/01, p.C1)(MC, 2/27/02)
1649 Feb 27, Johann Philipp
Krieger, composer, was born.
1670 Feb 27, Jews were expelled
from Austria by order of Leopold I.
1700 Feb 27, The Pacific Island
of New Britain was discovered. It is the largest of group of islands
in the South Pacific, NE of New Guinea.
(HN, 2/27/98)(WUD, 1994, p.962)
1706 Feb 27, John Evelyn,
1733 Feb 27, Johann Adam
Birkenstock (46), composer and sandal designer, died.
1735 Feb 27, Dr. John Arbuthnot
(b.1667), English physician, satirist and polymath, died. In 1712 he
invented the figure of John Bull, a national personification of
Great Britain in general and England in particular, especially in
political cartoons and similar graphic works.
1746 Feb 27, Gian Francesco
Fortunati, composer, was born.
1801 Feb 27, The District of
Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.
1807 Feb 27, Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow (d.1882), was born in Portland, Maine. He was an American
poet famous for "The Children's Hour," and "Evangeline." "What is
time? The shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock, the running
of the sand, day and night, summer and winter, months, years,
centuries—these are but arbitrary and outward signs, the measure of
Time, not Time itself. Time is the Life of the soul."
(AP, 10/11/97)(AP, 2/27/98)(HN, 2/27/99)
1813 Feb 27, The 1st federal
vaccination legislation was enacted.
1814 Feb 27, Ludwig von
Beethoven's 8th Symphony in F, premiered.
1814 Feb 27, Napoleon's Marshal
Nicholas Oudinot was pushed back at Barsur-Aube by the Emperor's
allied enemies shortly before his abdication.
1823 Feb 27, William Buel
Franklin (d.1903), Major General (Union volunteers), was born.
1827 Feb 27, Richard W. Johnson
(d.1897), Bvt Major General (Union Army), was born.
1827 Feb 27, A Mardi Gras
street procession in New Orleans was initiated by students, who were
home from school in France. They formed a parade of masked marchers
on Shrove Tuesday, the day before the period of penance begins on
(HN, 2/27/98)(HNQ, 2/9/99)
1836 Feb 27, Mexican forces
under General Jose de Urrea defeated Texan forces at the Battle of
1841 Feb 27, [Eleanor] Agnes
Lee, daughter of US general Robert E. Lee, was born.
1844 Feb 27, Dominican Republic
rebels, under the leadership of Francisco del Rosario Sanchez and
Ramon Mella, launched their uprising and gained independence from
Haiti (National Day). [see Nov 6]
1848 Feb 27, Charles Hubert H.
Parry, musicologist, composer (Jerusalem), was born in England.
1850 Feb 27, Henry Edwards
Huntington, US railroad exec, was born.
1854 Feb 27, Composer Robert
Schumann was saved from a suicide attempt in Rhine.
1860 Feb 27, Abraham Lincoln
spoke at the Great Hall of Cooper Union College in NYC: “Let us have
faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end,
dare to do our duty as we understand it."
(SSFC, 8/15/04, p.D11)
1861 Feb 27, In the Warsaw
massacre Russian troops fired on a crowd protesting Russian rule
over Poland. Five marchers were killed.
1864 Feb 27, The 6th and last
day of battle at Dalton, Georgia, (about 600 casualties).
1864 Feb 27, The first Union
prisoners arrived at Camp Sumter prison near Andersonville, Georgia.
It was designed for 6,000 prisoners but by summer’s end held 33,000.
After enduring the hardship of being held in the South's
Andersonville and Cahaba prison camps, A terrible disaster befell
hundreds of Union soldiers who were being shipped home on the
steamer Sultana at the end of the Civil War. The setting was made
into a film for TV by John Frankheimer in 1996 based on an original
script by David Rintels. Of the 45,000 Union prisoners of war that
were brought to Andersonville, 29% i.e. 12,914, died there. In 1971
it became a National Park Service site.
(WSJ, 2/26/96, p.A-10)(SFC, 4/28/96, p.T-10)(HN,
2/27/98)(AH, 10/02, p.20)
1865 Feb 27, Confederate raider
William Quantrill and his bushwackers attacked Hickman, Kentucky,
shooting women and children.
1865 Feb 27, A Civil War
skirmish took place near Sturgeon, Missouri.
1873 Feb 27, Enrico Caruso
(d.1921), was born. He was the Italian operatic lyric tenor who
excelled in operas such as Pagliacci.
1879 Feb 27, Constantine
Fahlberg discovered saccharin, an artificial sweetener.
1883 Feb 27, Oscar Hammerstein
patented the 1st cigar-rolling machine.
1886 Feb 27, Hugo L. Black
(d.1971) was born in Alabama. He became the 78th Supreme Court
Justice (1937-71) and wrote opinions forbidding prayer in schools
1887 Feb 27, Alexander
Porfiryevich Borodin (53), Russian physician, composer (Prince
Igor), died. [see Feb 15]
1888 Feb 27, Lotte Lehmann,
German opera singer, was born.
1891 Feb 27, David Sarnoff, RCA
Board Chairman and a pioneer of U.S. television, was born.
1895 Feb 27, Rudolf von
Eschwege, German fighter pilot with 20 victories in World War I, was
born. He was the only German fighter pilot on the Macedonian Front.
1897 Feb 27, Miriam Anderson,
was born. She became a world renown opera singer and civil rights
pioneer, and is best remembered for singing "My Country Tis of Thee"
in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
1899 Feb 27, Charles H. Best,
physiologist, co-discoverer of Insulin, was born in Maine.
1902 Feb 27, John Steinbeck
(d.1968), American novelist (Nobel 1962), was born in Salinas, Ca.
He authored "The Grapes of Wrath," "Of Mice and Men" and "The Log
from the Sea of Cortez." "A man, after he has brushed off the dust
and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean question:
Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well—or ill?"
(AP, 6/27/97) (SFEC, 6/21/98, DB p.67)(HN,
2/27/99)(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A21)
1902 Feb 27, Harry 'Breaker'
Morant (1864-1902) and Peter Handcock were executed for the murder
of 12 prisoners of war in the dying days of the Boer war. George
Witton had his death sentence commuted because it contained serious
errors. Morant, who volunteered to fight with the British in South
Africa, was born in England but became well known in Australia as a
poet and a horsebreaker. In 1980 the film ‘Breaker’ Morant was
produced in Australia. In 2010 Australia sent Britain a petition
calling for posthumous pardons for Morant and Handcock. The petition
argued the accused were denied the right to communicate with the
Australian government or relatives after their arrest and during
their trials and were refused an opportunity to prepare their cases.
1904 Feb 27, James T. Farrell
(d.1979), author (Young Lonigan), was born. In 2004 Robert K.
Landers authored "The Life and Times of James T. Farrell."
(HN, 2/27/01)(SFC, 2/26/04, p.E1)
1905 Feb 27, Japanese pushed
Russians back in Manchuria, and cross the Sha River.
1908 Feb 27, Baseball’s
sacrifice fly was adopted. It was repealed in 1931 and reinstated in
1908 Feb 27, The forty-sixth
star was added to the U.S. flag, signifying Oklahoma's admission to
1910 Feb 27, Peter De Vries,
writer, poetry editor (Reuben Reuben, Prick of Noon)(Poetry
Magazine, The New Yorker), was born.
(HN, 2/27/01)(MC, 2/27/02)
1912 Feb 27, Lawrence Durrell,
English novelist and poet, was born. His books included "The
Alexandria Quartet." In 1998 Ian MacNiven wrote the biography:
(WUD, 1994, p.443)(SFEC, 7/12/98, BR p.7)(HN,
1913 Feb 27, Irwin Shaw, US
novelist (Rich Man Poor Man), was born.
1917 Feb 27, John Connally,
Texas Governor, wounded in the assassination of President John
Kennedy, was born.
1919 Feb 27, 1st public
performance of Gustav Holst's "Planets."
1919 Feb 27, The
Bolsheviks took Lithuania and joined it with Belarus as a single
Soviet republic. Litbel lasted until June 25.
1920 Feb 27, The US rejected a
Soviet peace offer as propaganda.
1920 Feb 27, The Boys’ and
Girls’ Bureau, formed in 1919 and headed by Theodore N. Vail,
president of AT&T, changed its name to the Junior Achievement
1920 Feb 27, The
Lithuanian government offered the representatives of the National
Council of Prussian Lithuania assent to co-optation in the
Lithuanian government. They co-opted March 20.
1922 Feb 27, G.B. Shaw's "Back
to Methuselah I/II" premiered in NYC.
1922 Feb 27, Commerce Sec.
Herbert Hoover convened the 1st National Radio Conference.
1922 Feb 27, The Supreme Court
unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that
guaranteed the right of women to vote.
1925 Feb 27, Glacier Bay
National Monument was dedicated in Alaska.
1925 Feb 27, Hitler resurrected
the NSDAP (Nazi) political party in Munich.
1927 Feb 27, For the 2nd Sunday
in a row golfers in SC were arrested for violating Sabbath.
1929 Feb 27, Briton Hadden
(b.1898) co-founder of Time Magazine with his Yale classmate Henry
Luce, died of a mysterious infection. In 2006 Isaiah Wilner authored
“The Man Time Forgot," a biography of Hadden.
1930 Feb 27, Joanne Woodward,
actress, was born. Her films included "Rachel, Rachel" and "The
Three Faces of Eve."
1932 Feb 27, Elizabeth Taylor,
actress, was born. Her films included "Cleopatra" and "Who’s Afraid
of Virginia Woolf?"
(SFC, 2/16/97, Par. p.22)(HN, 2/27/01)
1932 Feb 27, The Glass-Steagall
Act was passed, giving the Federal Reserve the right to expand
credit in order to increase money circulation. It separated regular
banks from investment banks. Senator Carter Glass (d.1946 at 88) of
Virginia and Rep. Henry Steagall (d.1943 at 70) of Alabama sponsored
it. The act had two measures. The 1932 act was a bookkeeping
provision that allowed the Treasury to balance its account. [see
(SFC, 4/7/97, p.A4)(WSJ, 8/8/97, p.A11)(HN,
2/27/98)(WSJ, 4/10/98, p.A1,6)
1932 Feb 27, Explosion in coal
mine in Boissevain, Virginia, left 38 dead.
1933 Feb 27, Jean Genet's
"Intermezzo," premiered in Paris.
1933 Feb 27, Germany's
parliament building, the Reichstag, caught fire. The Nazis blamed
the Communists and used the fire as a pretext for suspending civil
liberties and increasing their power. Georgi Dimitrov, a Bulgarian
Communist, was one of the accused plotters, but was acquitted. After
WW II Dimitrov became the 1st premier of communist Bulgaria. In 2003
Ivo Banac edited "The Diary of Georgi Dimitrov."
(AP, 2/27/98)(HN, 2/27/99)(WSJ, 6/6/03, p.W9)
1934 Feb 27, Ralph Nader,
consumer advocate, was born. He was Connecticut lawyer who invented
the automobile safety movement. His 1965 book "Unsafe at Any Speed"
characterized the Chevrolet Corvair as unsafe and pushed for a
(WSJ, 6/19/96, Adv. Supl)(HN, 2/27/01)
1934 Feb 27, Compania de
Cementos Argos was founded in Medellin, Colombia. In 1936, the
factory began production and it issued its first dividend in 1938.
1935 Feb 27, Mirella Freni,
lyric soprano (Madame Butterfly), was born in Modena, Italy.
1936 Feb 27, Ivan P. Pavlov
(86), Russian physiologist (reflexes, "drooling dog" Nobel 1904),
1938 Feb 27, Britain and France
recognized the Franco government in Spain.
1939 Feb 27, The US Supreme
Court, in Leser v. Garnett, unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment to
the Constitution that guaranteed the right of women to vote.
(HN, 2/27/98)(AP, 2/27/08)
1939 Feb 27, Nadezjda K.
Krupskaja (70), Russian revolutionary, wife of Lenin, died.
1941 Feb 27, Jewish musicians
came together in Berlin and performed Gustav Mahler’s Second
Symphony. In 2001 Martin Goldsmith authored "The Inextinguishable
Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany."
(SSFC, 4/8/01, BR p.5)
1942 Feb 27, The 1st transport
of French Jews left to Nazi Germany.
1942 Feb 27, Battle of Java Sea
began. 13 US warships sank-2 Japanese.
1942 Feb 27, British Commandos
raided a German radar station at Bruneval on the French coast. The
warrior spies of the Abwehr, Germany's intelligence agency, were the
1947 Feb 27, Gidon Kremer,
violinist (Tchaikovsky Prize 1970), was born in Riga, Latvia.
1949 Feb 27, Chaim Weizmann
became the 1st Israeli president.
1951 Feb 27, Lee Atwater,
Republican National Committee Chairman (1989-91), was born.
1951 Feb 27, The 22nd Amendment
to the US Constitution, limiting a president to two terms of office,
1953 Feb 27, F-84 Thunderjets
raided North Korean base on Yalu River. A year after leaving West
Point, Lt. Joe Kingston was en route to Korea, where he, like a lot
of others, found himself retreating and advancing in a single day.
1956 Feb 27, Female suffrage
was granted in Egypt.
1957 Feb 27, Mao made his
speech "On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People."
1958 Feb 27, Harry Cohn, CEO of
Columbia Pictures, died of a heart attack.
1960 Feb 27, The U.S. Olympic
hockey team defeated the Soviets, 3-2, at the Winter Games in Squaw
Valley, Calif. The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.
1960 Feb 27, Adriano Olivetti
(58), Italian engineer, manufacturer, died.
1962 Feb 27, South Vietnamese
president Ngo Dinh Diem was unharmed as two planes bombed the
presidential palace in Saigon. The 1st US national was killed.
Although Diem had shortcomings as a leader, he had led South Vietnam
for eight years and at the time of his death was attempting to deal
with Buddhist factionalism.
(HN, 2/27/98)(MC, 2/27/02)
1963 Feb 27, The USSR said that
10,000 troops would remain in Cuba.
1964 Feb 27, "What Makes Sammy
Run?" opened at 84th St Theater in NYC for 540 performances.
1968 Feb 27, CBS News anchorman
Walter Cronkite‘s commentary on the progress of the Vietnam War
solidified President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s decision not to seek
reelection in 1968. Cronkite, who had been at Hue in the midst of
the Tet Offensive earlier in February, said: "Who won and who lost
in the great Tet Offensive against the cities? I‘m not sure." He
concluded: "It is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only
rational way out...will be to negotiate, not as victors but as an
honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy,
and did the best they could." Johnson called the commentary a
"turning point," saying that if he had "lost Cronkite," he‘d "lost
Mr. Average Citizen." On March 31, Johnson announced he would not
1968 Feb 27, Frankie Lymon
(b.1942), American singer died. He was an African-American rock and
roll/rhythm and blues singer, best known as the boy soprano lead
singer of a New York City-based early rock and roll group called the
Teenagers. Their first single, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" (1956),
was also their biggest hit. The 1998 film "Why Do Fools Fall in
Love" was a musical comedy-drama with Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox,
Lela Rochon and Little Richard. It was directed by Gregory Nava and
set in the 1950s based on the life of Frankie Lymon.
(SFC, 8/28/98, p.C1)(SFC, 9/2/98,
1969 Feb 27, President Nixon
arrived in Rome from West Berlin amid protests by thousands of
1973 Feb 27, U.S. Supreme Court
ruled that a Virginia pool club could not bar residents because of
1973 Feb 27, 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. They protested illegal and discriminatory acts on the part
of the Pine Ridge Sioux Tribal Council. The FBI was called in and a
siege lasted for 69 days with 2 AIM leaders killed. The story is
told in the 1996 book "Like A Hurricane, The Indian Movement From
Alcatraz to Wounded Knee" by Paul Chaat Smith and Robert Allen
(SFC, 6/14/96, p.A19)(AP, 2/27/98)(SFC, 12/30/98,
p.A17)(SFEC, 1/5/97, BR p.8)
1976 Feb 27, The final meeting
between Mao tse Tung and Richard Nixon took place.
1979 Feb 27, Jane M. Byrne
confounded Chicago's Democratic political machine as she upset Mayor
Michael A. Bilandic to win their party's mayoral primary. Byrne went
on to win the election.
1980 Feb 27, Chelsea Clinton,
daughter of President Clinton (1993-2001), was born in Little Rock,
1980 Feb 27, The M-19
revolutionary group took over the embassy of the Dominican Republic
in Bogota, Colombia. After 61 days they were given $1 million and
asylum to Cuba in a deal negotiation by Pres. Turbay.
(SFC, 1/7/97, p.A10)(WSJ, 1/8/97, p.A12)(AP,
1982 Feb 27, 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.
1985 Feb 27, In San Francisco
the Irwin Memorial Blood Bank said that 80 Bay Area residents have
received blood since 1979 from donors who are know to have
(SSFC, 2/21/10, DB p.42)
1985 Feb 27, Henry Cabot Lodge
(82), former ambassador, died in Beverly, Mass. He had served 3
terms as a U.S. senator and ran as the 1960 Republican
1986 Feb 27, The U.S. Senate
approved telecasts of its debates on a trial basis.
1986 Feb 27 John Demjanjuk
(66), a retired auto worker from Ohio, was extradited to Israel on
charges of being "Ivan the Terrible," a Nazi death camp guard who
had killed tens of thousands of people. He was later convicted, but
the Israeli Supreme Court overturned the ruling.
(AP, 4/25/98)(SFC, 2/22/02,
1987 Feb 27, "Washington Week
In Review" celebrated its 20th anniversary on PBS.
1987 Feb 27, Donald Regan
resigned as White House chief of staff.
1988 Feb 27, Katarina Witt of
East Germany won the gold medal in women's figure skating at the
Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, with Elizabeth Manley of Canada
placing second and Debi Thomas of the United States, third. Debi
Thomas became the first African American to win a medal at the
(AP, 2/27/98)(HN, 2/27/99)
1989 Feb 27, President Bush
warned of what he called the "fool's gold" of trade protectionism as
he addressed South Korea's National Assembly before returning home.
1989 Feb 27, Konrad Lorenz
(b.1903), Austrian zoologist (Nobel 1973), died. He studied
instinctive behaviour in animals, especially in grey geese and is
considered to be the founder of modern ethology. He discovered the
principle of imprinting in psychology. His books included “King
Solomon’s Ring" (1952).
1989 Feb 27, In Venezuela riots
took place in Caracas. Known as the "Caracazo," they were triggered
by a hike in gasoline prices and public transportation fares. The
government said at least 300 people died, but some rights activists
say hundreds more were killed — many of them shot by security forces
struggling to re-establish order. In 2011 retired generals Freddy
Maya Cardona of the National Guard and Luis Fuentes Serra of the
Caracas police were charged for their roles in some of the deaths.
1990 Feb 27, The US Supreme
Court ruled that prison officials could force inmates to take
powerful anti-psychotic drugs without a judge's consent.
1990 Feb 27, Exxon Corp and
Exxon Shipping were indicted on 5 criminal counts for the oil spill
at Valdez, Alaska.
1991 Feb 27, President Bush
declared that "Kuwait is liberated, Iraq’s army is defeated," and
announced that the allies would suspend combat operations at
midnight. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the US commander in the
Gulf, briefed reporters in detail on the successful allied
offensive. Coalition forces liberated Kuwait after seven months of
occupation by the Iraqi army.
(SFC, 2/24/98, p.A9)(HN, 2/27/99)(AP, 2/27/01)
1991 Feb 27, In California Jim
Mitchell shot and killed his brother Artie Mitchell at Artie’s home
in Corte Madera. The brothers had produced pornographic films and
operated a number of pornographic theaters that included the
O’Farrell Theater in SF. He was found guilty of voluntary
manslaughter and sentenced to 6 years in prison. He was released on
parole in 1997.
(SFC, 10/3/97, p.A1)
1991 Feb 27, In San Francisco
Karen Wong (39) was found raped and killed in her flat in the 400
block of 47th Ave. In 2008 DNA evidence identified Otis Hughes (56),
a paroled burglar, as the murderer. In 2013 Hughes faced a jury
(SFC, 12/11/08, p.B2)(SFC, 12/13/13, p.C2)(SFC,
1991 Feb 27, In San Francisco
wrecking balls began demolishing the Embarcadero Freeway.
(SSFC, 3/6/11, p.A2)
1991 Feb 27, Bangladesh General
H.M. Ershad, leader of the Jatiya Party, was toppled in elections.
He was then jailed for the next 6 years for corruption and abuse of
power. The Nationalist Party of Khaleda Zia, widow of General Ziaur
Rahman won the elections and moved the country away from a socialist
economic system begun by Sheik Mujibur.
(SFC, 6/12/96, p.E3)(SFC,11/27/97,
1992 Feb 27, Tiger Woods (16)
became the youngest PGA golfer in 35 years.
1992 Feb 27, William Aramony
resigned as president of United Way of America amid charges of
financial mismanagement and lavish spending. Aramony was later
convicted and spent 7 years in Federal Prison Camp at Seymour
Johnson Air Force Base, near Goldsboro, NC.
1992 Feb 27, Former Sen. S.I.
Hayakawa died in San Francisco at age 85.
1993 Feb 27, President Clinton,
in his weekly radio address, promised to find out who was behind the
huge explosion at New York City's World Trade Center, a bombing
later blamed on Islamic militants.
1993 Feb 27, Jose Duval (72),
actor and singer, died. He played coffee pitchman Juan Valdez.
1993 Feb 27, Actress Lillian
Gish died in New York at age 99.
1994 Feb 27, The Winter Olympic
Games ended in Lillehammer, Norway.
1994 Feb 27, A Maronite church
near Beirut was bombed and 10 people were killed.
1995 Feb 27, 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.
1995 Feb 27, Bernard Cornfield
(b.1927), British financier, died. In 1972 Charles Raw, Bruce Page
and Godfrey Hodgson authored “Do You Sincerely Want to Be Rich: The
full story of Bernard Cornfield and IOS."
1996 Feb 27, Bob Dole won the
North Dakota and South Dakota primaries, while Steve Forbes captured
Arizona’s winner-take-all primary.
1996 Feb 27, It was reported
that element 112, aka unumbium, was first made in Darmstadt,
Germany, in an experiment led by Peter Armbruster.
1996 Feb 27, A Sudanese
military plane crashed 25 miles south of Khartoum and killed 91
people on board. The plane was a US made C-130.
(WSJ, 2/28/96, p.A-1)
1997 Feb 27, A jury in
Fayetteville, N.C., convicted former Army paratrooper James N.
Burmeister of murdering a black couple so he could get a skinhead
tattoo. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
1997 Feb 27, Legislation
banning most handguns in Britain went into effect.
1997 Feb 27, Divorce became
legal in Ireland. [see Jan 17]
1998 Feb 26, A jury in
Amarillo, Texas, rejected an $11 million lawsuit brought by Texas
cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey's talk show for a price fall
after a segment on food safety that included a discussion about
1998 Feb 26, The US waived the
2-year-old sanctions against Columbia. Military and economic aid
were expected to follow.
(WSJ, 2/27/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 26, The US certified
Mexico as a fully cooperating partner in the war on drugs.
(SFC, 2/27/98, p.A18)
1998 Feb 26, Azerbaijan accused
Armenia of launching fresh attacks over the disputed
(WSJ, 2/27/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 26, Three Israeli
soldiers were killed in a Hezbollah attack in southern Lebanon.
(WSJ, 2/27/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 26, Near Tokyo 3
businessmen hanged themselves in a suburban hotel due to
economic difficulties and the resulting loss of face.
(SFC, 2/27/98, p.D4)
1998 Feb 27, FBI arrested
suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati, their 10th most wanted.
1998 Feb 27, The journal
Science reported that scientists suspected an unknown "repulsive
force" to be acting against gravity and speeding the expansion of
(SFC, 2/27/98, p.A5)
1998 Feb 27, Jack Micheline
(born as Harvey Martin Silver in NY), Bohemian poet, died at 68 of a
heart attack on a BART train between SF and Orinda. His first book
of poetry was "River of Red Wine," and his last was "Sixty Seven
Poems for Downtrodden Saints."
(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.D8)
1998 Feb 27, With the approval
of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's House of Lords agreed to end 1,000
years of male preference by giving a monarch's first-born daughter
the same claim to the throne as any first-born son.
1998 Feb 27, The World Court
ruled that it has the authority to decide on the location of a trial
for the 2 Libyans accused of blowing up a jet over Lockerbie,
Scotland in 1988.
(SFC, 2/28/98, p.A10)
1998 Feb 27, From Indonesia it
was reported that hundreds of fires were burning in Kalimantan,
Borneo. Most were set by loggers and small farmers. Drought was
fueling the fires and already 34,600 acres were destroyed this year.
(SFC, 2/27/98, p.D2)
1999 Feb 27, Rev. Henry J.
Lyons, president of the National Baptist Convention USA, was
convicted in Largo, Florida, of racketeering, grand theft and
swindling millions of dollars from companies seeking to do business
with his followers. He announced his resignation Mar 15. Lyons was
sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison and ordered to repay almost $2.5
(SFEC, 2/28/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/16/99, p.A3)(SFC,
4/1/99, p.A3)(AP, 2/27/00)
1999 Feb 27, Western planes
bombed targets in southern Iraq and Baghdad claimed that 23 people
(SFEC, 2/28/99, p.A23)
1999 Feb 27, Brazilian poet
Haraldo de Campos (b.1929) won the Mexican Octavio Paz Prize for
poetry and essay writing. His major works include "Chess Game of the
Stars" and "The Education of the Five Senses."
(SFC, 3/1/99, p.E5)
1999 Feb 27, Eritrea agreed to
accept an African sponsored proposal to end its border dispute with
Ethiopia. This followed an Ethiopian breakthrough at Badme.
(SFEC, 2/28/99, p.A23)
1999 Feb 27, Hezbollah
guerrillas in Lebanon detonated 2 roadside bombs and killed Israeli
Brig. Gen'l. Erez Gerstein, 2 soldiers and a reporter.
(SFC, 3/1/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 27, The $60 billion
bid by Olivetti for Telecom Italia was ruled legally admissible by
Italian stock market regulators.
(SFEC, 2/28/99, p.A24)
1999 Feb 27, From Niger it was
reported that a mass grave containing 149 old men, women and
children had been found in eastern Niger. The victims were Toubou
refugees displaced by fighting several years ago.
(SFC, 2/27/99, p.A16)
1999 Feb 27, In Nigeria
Presidential elections were held. Nigerians voted to elect Olusegun
Obasanjo their new president as the country marked the final phase
of its return to democracy. Also it was reported that some 1,200
soldiers had died in fighting the rebels of the Revolutionary United
Front in Sierra Leone.
(SFC, 2/27/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 2/26/99, p.A1)(AP,
2000 Feb 27, Texas Governor
George W. Bush’s campaign released a letter to New York Cardinal
John O’Connor in which the Republican presidential candidate said he
"deeply" regretted "causing needless offense" by making a campaign
appearance at Bob Jones University, a South Carolina school whose
leaders had espoused anti-Catholic views.
2000 Feb 27, Minister Louis
Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam ended 2 decades of bitter rivalry
and embraced W. Deen Mohammad, son of the late Elijah Mohammad
(d.1975), onetime leader of the black Muslims.
(SFC, 2/28/00, p.A3)
2000 Feb 27, Jose Imperatori,
the Cuban diplomat expelled from the US for spying, took refuge in
the Cuban embassy in Ottawa.
(SFC, 2/28/00, p.C2)
2000 Feb 27, In Germany voters
in Schleswig-Holstein gave victory to the Social Democrats over the
Christian Democrats in the 1st elections following the financial
scandals of Helmut Kohl and the Christian Democrats. Heidi Simonis
was returned to office as state premier.
(SFC, 2/28/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 27, In Germany 3
teenagers of American soldiers hurled large stones off a pedestrian
bridge in Darmstadt and killed Sandra Ottman (20) and Karin
Rothermel (41). The 3 teens were convicted of murder and sentenced
up to 8 ½ years in prison.
(SFC, 3/1/00, p.A13)(SFC, 12/23/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 27, In Iceland the
Mount Hekla volcano erupted.
(WSJ, 2/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 27, India claimed that
Pakistani soldiers had crossed the cease-fire line and killed one
Indian officer and 6 other soldiers. Police reported that separatist
rebels killed a public-works minister and 4 others with a
remote-controlled device in Assam
(SFC, 2/28/00, p.C2)
2000 Feb 27, In Tijuana
municipal police chief Alfredo de la Torre Marquez (49) was shot to
death by assassins who sprayed his car with over 100 bullets.
(SFC, 2/28/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 27, In Serbia growing
numbers of Albanians had fled the southern towns of Presevo,
Bujanova and Medveda and crossed over to Kosovo as Yugoslav police
conducted aggressive searches for Albanian separatists. Belgrade
believed that the 480-sq. mile region planned to break away to join
(SFC, 2/28/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 27-29, In China some
20 thousand workers battled police and soldiers in Yangjiazhangzi
due to loss of work and alleged corruption at a local molybdenum
mine. The facility had closed last November and in Feb. workers
received $68 for each year they had worked there.
(SFC, 4/5/00, p.A10,14)
2001 Feb 27, President Bush
went before Congress with a $1.9 trillion spending plan that would
sharply reduce growth in many government programs while leaving room
to give Americans the biggest tax cut in two decades.
(SFC, 2/28/01, p.A1)(AP, 2/27/02)
2001 Feb 27, The US Supreme
Court voted that the nation’s health, and not industry costs, must
guide government in fighting air pollution.
(SFC, 2/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 27, A new US law took
effect that granted citizenship to foreign-born children of US
(SFC, 2/28/01, p.A3)
2001 Feb 27, In Borneo
government soldiers and police clashed with each other. Refugees
claimed that security forces have demanded money in exchange for
permission to board ships.
(SFC, 2/28/01, p.A10)
2001 Feb 27, In Mexico some 30
protesters were injured and another 30 arrested near the meeting of
the World Economic Forum in Cancun.
(SFC, 2/28/01, p.A10)
2001 Feb 27, Rwanda began
pulling back troops from a front-line Congo town.
(WSJ, 2/28/01, p.A1)
2002 Feb 27, Alicia Keys won in
5 categories at the 44th annual Grammy Awards. Train won for best
rock song: "Drops of Jupiter," U2 won for best record of the year:
"Walk On," and Various Artists won the album of the year: "O
Brother, Where Art Thou."
(SFC, 2/28/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 27, US officials
announced a $5 million reward for information in the kidnap-murder
in Pakistan of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
2002 Feb 27, Eric V. Schaeffer
ended his 12-year EPA career with a missive accusing the Bush
administration of dragging its feet on lawsuits against 9 power
companies blamed for a quarter of the nation’s annual sulfur dioxide
(SFC, 3/1/02, p.A9)
2002 Feb 27, Spike Milligan
(born in 1918 as Terence Alan Patrick Sean Milligan), comedian,
writer, musician, poet, playwright and actor, died in Rye, England.
“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more
pleasant form of misery."
2002 Feb 27, In Havana 21
Cubans took refuge in the Mexican Embassy after plowing through its
gates in a stolen bus. Mexican diplomats found the Cubans to be
economic refugees and requested a raid. A Cuban special unit
arrested the asylum seekers on Mar 1.
(SFC, 3/1/02, p.A16)(SFC, 3/2/02, p.A8)
2002 Feb 27, In India Muslim
attackers allegedly set fire to a train carrying Hindu nationalists
and 58 were killed as the Sabarmati Express left Godhra in Gujarat
state. Hindu nationalists went rampaging and at least 5 Muslims were
killed in other towns. 3 months of rioting followed with some 2000
dead in revenge attacks. In 2005 a government panel said the fire
was not set by a Muslim mob. Narendra Modi, chief minister of
Gujarat, was later blamed for the violence. On Feb 22, 2011, 31
people were convicted on conspiracy and murder charges over the
deadly train fire. On Feb 28, 2011, an Indian court handed 11 death
sentences and 20 life terms to Muslims convicted of burning Hindus
alive in the train fire.
(SFC, 2/28/02, p.A7)(SFC, 6/28/03, p.A3)(WSJ,
1/18/05, p.A1)(Econ, 3/26/05, p.44)(AFP, 2/22/11)(AFP, 3/1/11)
2002 Feb 27, Israeli troops
killed 4 armed Palestinians and a Palestinian worker killed an
Israeli factory manager. A Palestinian woman killed herself and
wounded 4 others at a road block in the West Bank.
(SFC, 2/28/02, p.A8)
2002 Feb 27, Nepalese soldiers
killed 27 rebels over the last 2 days as part of a military
(SFC, 2/28/02, p.A9)
2003 Feb 27, The Bush
administration lowered the terror alert threat to code yellow.
(SFC, 2/28/03, A3)
2003 Feb 27, Fred Rogers
(74), who gently invited millions of children to be his neighbor as
host of the public television show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for
more than 30 years, died of cancer.
(AP, 2/27/03)(SFC, 2/28/03, A1)
2003 Feb 27, Biljana
Plavsic, the former Bosnian Serb leader who expressed remorse for
the horrors committed against non-Serbs during the Bosnian war, was
sentenced to 11 years in prison. Later this year she was transferred
to Sweden to serve her sentence.
(AP, 2/27/03)(AP, 9/15/09)
2003 Feb 27, In Cuba
America's top diplomat said that the Castro government had seized
some 5,101 books shipped in by the US government.
(SFC, 2/28/03, A13)
2003 Feb 27, In Egypt
tens of thousands gathered for an anti-war demonstration in Cairo.
(SFC, 2/28/03, A20)
2003 Feb 27, Iraq agreed in
principle to destroy its Al Samoud Two missiles, two days before a
2003 Feb 27, In
Lithuania Rolandas Paksas became the country's 3rd president since
it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
2003 Feb 27,
Semi-nomadic fighters attacked a village near Nigeria's remote
eastern border with Cameroon, reportedly leaving dozens of people,
including seven policemen and a soldier, dead. Separately a large
dugout canoe capsized on the Niger River, drowning at least 30
2004 Feb 27, A federal judge in
NY threw out 1 of 5 counts against Martha Stewart (62). She said
prosecutors failed to prove that Stewart intended to commit
securities fraud in her Dec 21, 2001, sale of ImClone Systems
shares. 4 lesser charges remained.
(SFC, 2/28/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 27, America's top
bishop, Wilton Gregory, declared the days of sheltering sex abusers
in the Roman Catholic priesthood were "history" as two reports
showed how pervasive assaults on minors had been during the previous
2004 Feb 27, Bill Lockyer,
California state Attorney General, asked the California Supreme
Court to stop SF officials from issuing same-sex marriage licenses
and invalidate the 3,400 gay and lesbian weddings that have taken
place at City Hall since Feb 12. The justices halted the weddings
the following month.
(SFC, 8/13/04, p.A16)(AP, 2/27/05)
2004 Feb 27, In Bolivia a
prosecutor who handled drug cases was killed by a bomb that
demolished her car as she started the engine.
2004 Feb 27, In Egypt Izzat
Mohammed Hamid, a clan leader in a southern town, threatened to kill
scores of hostages if police should attempt a rescue. The band
seized the hostages during a shootout with authorities who had been
trying to arrest fugitives wanted for drug trafficking and other
2004 Feb 27, French Foreign
Minister Dominique de Villepin held talks with leaders of Haiti's
government on how to end a three-week rebellion.
2004 Feb 27, In eastern India a
high speed passenger train crashed into a crowded bus, killing at
least 9 people and injuring 41 others.
2004 Feb 27, Israeli police
stormed one of Jerusalem's holiest sites to disperse hundreds of
Palestinian stone-throwers protesting Israel's contentious West Bank
2004 Feb 27, Shoko Asahara was
convicted and sentenced to hang for masterminding the deadly 1995
nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway and other crimes that killed 27
2004 Feb 27, In the Philippines
a ferry explosion and fire killed at least two people, though 180
more were missing. The Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf claimed
responsibility. In 2008 Ruben Pestano Lavilla Jr. was arrested in
Bahrain and deported back to the Philippines for his role in the
bombing of the ferry which killed 116 people.
(AP, 2/29/04)(SFC, 9/1/08, p.A3)
2004 Feb 27, Sudanese
government forces launched a series of raids on western villages,
killing at least 70 civilians and forcing tens of thousands to flee.
2004 Feb 27, In Venezuela
clashes between police and thousands of protesters pressing for the
recall of President Hugo Chavez overshadowed a summit of developing
nations, with at least two people killed and dozens injured. Chavez
opened a two-day summit with the leaders of 18 other developing
nations in Caracas, urging them to reject free-market policies
imposed by industrialized nations.
2005 Feb 27, In the 77th
Academy Awards “Million Dollar Baby" won 4 Oscars including best
picture, best actress (Hilary Swank), best supporting actor (Morgan
Freeman) and best director (Clint Eastwood); Jamie Foxx won for best
actor (Ray); Cate Blanchett won best supporting actress (Aviator).
(SFC, 2/28/05, p.C4)
2005 Feb 27, Iran and Russia
signed a deal that would deliver nuclear fuel to the Middle East
country for the startup of its first reactor.
2005 Feb 27, Iraqi security
forces reported the capture of Saddam Hussein's half-brother and
former adviser. Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, the 6 of diamonds, was No.
36 on the list of 55 most-wanted Iraqis. Syria captured al-Hassan
and 29 other fugitives and handed them over to Iraqi security. 2
American soldiers were killed in an ambush in the capital.
(AP, 2/27/05)(SFC, 2/28/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 27, Kyrgyzstan faced a
key test of its commitment to democracy in parliamentary elections
amid tension over the exclusion of a number of opposition figures
and prominent lawmakers. Some opposition figures and prominent
politicians disqualified from the ballot in a country once seen as
an island of democracy in former Soviet Central Asia.
(AP, 2/27/05)(AP, 2/28/05)
2005 Feb 27, Bayaman
Erkinbayev, a wealthy playboy and head of the Palvan Corporation,
led 2,000 fighters trained in Alysh, Kyrgyzstan's answer to Kung Fu,
to protests launched after the first round of a parliamentary
2005 Feb 27, At least 15 people
died in a fresh burst of violence in southern Nepal, after communist
rebels lifted a two-week highway blockade.
2005 Feb 27, Qatar signed an
agreement with Royal Dutch/Shell to develop a liquefied natural gas
plant. Qatar Petroleum and Exxon Mobil launched their 12.8 billion
Qatar Gas II joint venture to export LNS to the United Kingdom.
(WSJ, 2/28/05, p.B2)
2005 Feb 27, In southeastern
Pakistan at least 10 children died when a bus carrying them on a
school field trip drove off a highway.
2005 Feb 27, Tajikistan voters
cast their ballots in parliamentary elections. President Emomali
Rakhmonov's National Democratic party won the election
overwhelmingly with nearly 75 percent of the vote. The opposition
earned only two of 63 seats in Parliament. The EU said "significant
breaches" were reported during the vote, including proxy voting,
obstruction of election observers and irregularities in vote
2005 Feb 27, The tiny Pacific
island nation of Tokelau called for food and medical supplies, and
there were "grave concerns" for residents on Swain's Island in
American Samoa after Cyclone Percy pounded the area.
2005 Feb 27, Togo demonstrators
protested against the new president, lighting flaming barricades in
the capital's streets and throwing rocks at riot police who fired
tear gas to keep crowds from moving toward government buildings.
They claimed the position should have gone to the parliament
speaker, a ruling-party loyalist, who was fired after he refused to
return to the country in the early days of the crisis.
2005 Feb 27, Pope John Paul II
made a surprise first public appearance after surgery, appearing at
his Rome hospital window.
2006 Feb 27, The US and
Colombia reached a free trade agreement after nearly 2 years of
negotiations. The pact needed approval by the legislatures of both
(WSJ, 2/28/06, p.A6)
2006 Feb 27, US District Judge
Federico Moreno in Miami ordered US federal officials to "use their
best efforts" to help the Cubans return to the United States. Moreno
wrote that "those Cuban refugees who reached American soil in early
January 2006 were removed to Cuba illegally."
2006 Feb 27, The US Labor Dept.
reduced the acceptable lever of workplace exposure for hexavalent
chromium to 5 micrograms per cubic meter of air. The old 1971
standard was 52 micrograms per cubic meter.
(SFC, 2/28/06, p.A3)
2006 Feb 27, Connecticut state
officials said Venezuela will provide 4.8 million gallons of heating
oil at a 40% discount to households that qualify for state home heat
assistance. Venezuela has also sent shipments to Massachusetts,
Maine, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Vermont. The Bronx
in New York City also joined the program.
2006 Feb 27, Five California
state prison employees, who objected to questionable purchases for
inmate drug treatment programs, testified that they were told to
(SFC, 2/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 27, Experts in a
hearing on the collapse of several fish species in the Sacramento
and San Joaquin River Delta of northern California said that
contributing factors included water exports, pesticides, non-native
species and poisonous algae. Giant pumps near Tracy, which moved
water south, also ground up many fish.
(SFC, 2/28/06, p.B8)
2006 Feb 27, Effa Manley
(d.1981 at age 81), co-owner of the Negro League Newark Eagles
(1935-1948), became the 1st woman elected to the baseball hall of
fame. She was elected along with 17 other Negro League players and
(WSJ, 2/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 27, Otis Chandler
(b.1927), former publisher of the LA Times (1960-1980), died in
(SFC, 2/28/06, p.A2)(Econ, 3/4/06, p.81)
2006 Feb 27, Retired Brig. Gen.
Robert L. Scott (97), author of "God Is My Co-Pilot," died in Warner
2006 Feb 27, In Afghanistan
kidnappers freed one of two Nepalese abducted earlier this month
outside Kabul. The second died of an illness in captivity, and his
body was released.
2006 Feb 27, In Afghanistan
security forces backed by tanks and heavy guns surrounded Kabul's
notorious Policharki Prison as authorities negotiated with rioting
prisoners controlling most of the facility. A government negotiator
said four inmates were killed during the rebellion blamed on
al-Qaida and Taliban militants. Officials had forced prisoners to
wear uniforms following the escape of 7 Taliban inmates. This
sparked a four-day riot that left six inmates dead and 40 injured.
In April 2 of the escapees were captured in Bulgaria and 2 in
(AP, 2/27/06)(AP, 5/15/06)
2006 Feb 27, Bosnia's
veterinary office said tests at the EU reference laboratory had
confirmed its first case of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in two
2006 Feb 27, Dan Brown, author
of "The Da Vinci Code," was accused in Britain's High Court of
taking material for his blockbuster conspiracy thriller from a 1982
book about the Holy Grail. The court ruled in favor of Brown's
publisher, Random House, the actual target of the
2006 Feb 27, Britain’s Women
and Work Commission published a report on the gender pay gap,
currently measured at 17% less per hour than men.
(Econ, 3/4/06, p.51)
2006 Feb 27, British utility
National Grid PLC said it agreed to buy New York-based electricity
and natural-gas distributor KeySpan Corp. for $7.3 billion in a deal
that would create the third-largest energy delivery utility in the
2006 Feb 27, In Burundi a
government official acknowledged that rogue soldiers and police
officers have executed and tortured suspected rebels and civilians.
2006 Feb 27, In China the trial
of 17 members of the Three Ranks of Servants church began in the
northeastern city of Shuangyashan. The trial involved the alleged
killings of 20 members of Eastern Lightning, one of China's many
unregistered church groups.
2006 Feb 27, China’s Commerce
Ministry said Avon Products Inc. has received approval to become the
first company to resume direct sales in China following an
2006 Feb 27, In southern
Colombia rebels burst into a hotel where local government officials
were meeting and killed eight town councilors.
2006 Feb 27, In Egypt an
official said a Liberian-flagged tanker, Grigoroussa 1, lost 3,000
tons of heavy fuel in the Suez Canal after a collision with a quay
caused a leak.
2006 Feb 27, EU foreign
ministers threatened to freeze talks with Serbia on its membership
bid, setting a March deadline for Belgrade to hand over war crimes
fugitive Ratko Mladic.
2006 Feb 27, The EU agreed to
grant $145 million in urgent aid to the Palestinians before a
government led by the Islamic militant group Hamas takes power, a
move aimed at preventing a financial collapse that could add to the
chaos in the Middle East.
2006 Feb 27, France began
vaccinating 300,000 domestic fowl against bird flu.
(WSJ, 2/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 27, India's PM Singh
outlined a formula on how the government will separate its civilian
and military nuclear programs as it tries to clinch a landmark
nuclear deal with Washington.
2006 Feb 27, Iranian Foreign
Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told Japan that Tehran would not suspend
its atomic research and development, casting doubt over whether a
Russian agreement would defuse a crisis over Iran's nuclear
2006 Feb 27, A top Sunni figure
said Sunni Arabs are ready to end their boycott of talks to form a
new government if rival Shiites return mosques seized in last week's
sectarian attacks and meet other unspecified demands. A daytime
curfew ended in Baghdad.
(AP, 2/27/06)(WSJ, 2/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Feb 27, A security
official said Iraqi Interior Ministry forces had captured Abu
al-Farouq, a top aide to al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi, along with 5 other operatives during a raid in al-Bakr
in western Iraq.
2006 Feb 27, A US soldier was
killed by small-arms fire west of Baghdad. At least 2,292 members of
the US military have died since the war began, according to an AP
count. Iraqi officials reported 36 people killed in violence that
included a fierce gunbattle between Iraqi commandos and insurgents
southeast of the capital.
2006 Feb 27, Israel said it
will not hold peace talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
because he is powerless to enforce agreements while the Islamic
militant group Hamas controls his government.
2006 Feb 27, Nippon Sheet Glass
Co., Japan's second biggest sheet glass maker, said that it will pay
about $3 billion for the remaining 80 percent stake in Britain's
Pilkington PLC, which makes glass for cars and buildings.
2006 Feb 27, Omurbek Tekebayev,
the speaker of Kyrgyzstan's parliament, stepped down in response to
the president's criticism of lawmakers. Tekebayev had submitted his
resignation on Feb. 10 after saying that President Kurmanbek Bakiyev
"should go hang himself if he is a man."
2006 Feb 27, In the Netherlands
the International Court of Justice heard arguments by Bosnia
accusing Serbia of genocide, the first time a state has faced trial
for humanity's worst crime.
2006 Feb 27, A lab official
said Niger has become the second African country with confirmed
cases of the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain.
2006 Feb 27, In southwestern
Pakistan a bomb explosion on a railroad track derailed a passenger
train shortly after it was attacked by gunmen.
2006 Feb 27, In the Philippines
police filed charges of rebellion against 16 people suspected of
plotting to overthrow President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, as dozens
of protesters attempted to storm the legislature. Among those
charged were former opposition Sen. Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan, a
veteran of past coup attempts in the 1990s, five members of the
House of Representatives, a communist rebel leader and some
soldiers. In 2009 a military tribunal acquitted 11 officers of
plotting the foiled coup. The defendants were among a total of 28
military officers who were detained following the alleged plan to
force Arroyo from power.
(AP, 2/27/06)(AP, 10/15/09)
2006 Feb 27, Saudi security
forces in Riyadh shot dead five suspected terrorists believed to be
involved in a foiled attack on the world's biggest oil processing
complex. A sixth suspect was arrested. Fahd Faraaj al-Juwair, the
leader of al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia, and two men who helped attack
the world's largest oil-processing complex were among five militants
killed during the police raids.
(AP, 2/27/06)(AP, 2/28/06)
2006 Feb 27, Taiwanese
President Chen Shui-bian terminated the governmental committee
responsible for unifying with rival China, significantly deepening
tensions with Beijing and defying opinion in Washington. The
National Unification Council had been inactive for 6 years.
(AP, 2/27/06)(Econ, 3/4/06, p.38)
2006 Feb 27, In Yemen a firing
squad executed Abed Abdul Razak Kamel, an Islamic militant who
killed three American missionaries in a south Yemen hospital in
2007 Feb 27, The Dow Jones
industrial average dropped 416.02 points, the worst drop since the
2001 terrorist attacks.
2007 Feb 27, Chicago’s Mayor
Daly won a 6th term despite a City Hall corruption scandal.
(WSJ, 2/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 27, CompUSA said it
will close 126 retail stores by the end of May. The restructure
would leave 103 stores and include a $440 million cash infusion from
parent company US Commercial Corp., a holding company in Mexico City
controlled by Carlos Slim.
(SFC, 2/28/07, p.C3)
2007 Feb 27, Federated Dept.
Stores posted a 4.9% rise in 4th quarter profit and said it will
change its name to Macy’s Group Inc.
(WSJ, 2/28/07, p.B3)
2007 Feb 27, In SF a 75-foot
wide chunk of Telegraph Hill slid down a granite and sandstone slope
above Broadway following recent rains. 120 residents were forced to
leave their homes pending repair of the hillside, which could take
(SFC, 2/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 27, A suicide bomber
attacked the entrance to the main US military base in Afghanistan
during a visit by VP Dick Cheney, killing up to 23 people and
wounding 20. In Kandahar a suicide attacker targeting Afghan police
blew himself up, wounding three people. Suspected Islamic militants
captured and beheaded an Afghan teacher whom they accused of being a
spy for the US. The man's body was found in a large sack dumped by a
road near Jandola, a town in the South Waziristan tribal district.
(AP, 2/27/07)(AP, 2/28/07)
2007 Feb 27, In Brazil 3 French
nationals who ran a nonprofit group that helps poor children were
stabbed to death at their headquarters near Rio's Copacabana beach
and authorities arrested three suspects. The slayings that left one
of the victims decapitated were part of a botched scheme to protect
a Brazilian accountant, Tarsio Wilson Ramires (25), accused of
stealing money from the group.
2007 Feb 27, In Cambodia the US
ambassador said direct US aid to support Cambodian government
projects will resume following the lifting of a decade-old ban by
2007 Feb 27, The Canadian
parliament voted to end two anti-terror measures adopted in the wake
of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, one that allowed for preventive
arrests and another that permitted forced testimony.
2007 Feb 27, In China stocks
sold off sending the Shanghai composite index down 8.8% as rumors
circulated that the government was considering new measures to tame
speculation. The plunge, assisted by order routing problems on the
NYSE, led to a 416 point drop in the DJIA.
(SFC, 2/28/07, p.C8)(Econ, 3/3/07, p.11)(Econ,
2007 Feb 27, China’s state
media said scientists in eastern China say they have succeeded in
controlling the flight of pigeons with micro electrodes planted in
2007 Feb 27, At least 2 Picasso
paintings ("Maya and the Doll" and "Portrait of Jacqueline"), worth
a total of nearly $66 million, were stolen overnight from the
artist's granddaughter's house in Paris. The paintings were
recovered August 7 and police took 3 people into custody.
(AP, 2/28/07)(AP, 8/8/07)
2007 Feb 27, DaimlerChrysler
AG, seeking to cut costs and boost sales in North America, said it
will start selling Chinese-made cars in that market and western
Europe as it tries to meet demand for smaller, more economical
2007 Feb 27, Iraqi and US
forces staged raids in Baghdad's main Shiite militant stronghold as
part of politically sensitive forays into areas loyal to radical
cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. At the popular Kabab Abu Ali restaurant, a
bomb left in a plastic bag exploded during the busy lunch hours,
killing at least three people and injuring 13. About the same time,
a suicide bomber struck an area filled with restaurants and ice
cream parlors. At least five people were killed and 13 injured.
Earlier, a bomb-rigged car exploded in a parking lot, killing at
least two people. Near Mosul a suicide bomber struck a factory,
killing at least four people. A separate suicide car bombing in
Mosul killed at least six policemen and injured 38 police and
civilians. Three US soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb blast
southwest of Baghdad.
2007 Feb 27, The Israeli army
pulled its troops and armored vehicles out of the West Bank city of
Nablus after a three-day operation targeting Palestinians militants.
2007 Feb 27, A report said
Malaysian environmental and residents' groups are joining forces to
buy swathes of forest in a desperate bid to save them from
2007 Feb 27, Mexico's Supreme
Court ruled that the armed forces cannot kick out HIV-positive
members because doing so is discriminatory and unconstitutional.
Mexico's head of migration pledged to improve the agency's detention
centers in response to criticism that Mexico fails to give Central
American immigrants the same respect it demands for its own citizens
in the United States.
2007 Feb 27, In southwestern
Nepal at least two people were killed in a clash between former
Maoist rebels and ethnic activists. A bus veered off a mountain
highway and plunged into a river, killing at least 13 people and
injuring another 25.
(AP, 2/27/07)(AFP, 2/28/07)
2007 Feb 27, The International
Criminal Court's prosecutor in Netherlands named Ahmed Muhammed
Harun, a former Sudanese junior minister, and Ali Mohammed Ali
Abd-al-Rahmann (aka Ali Kushayb), a janjaweed leader, as suspects in
war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Darfur region. Sudan
rejected the legitimacy of the ICC, insisting it would try Darfur
(Reuters, 2/27/07)(AFP, 2/27/07)(Econ, 7/19/08,
2007 Feb 27, Pakistani
officials said police are seeking 10 men, including several tribal
elders, accused of pressuring a Pakistani woman to hand over her
teenage daughter as payment for a 16-year-old poker debt.
2007 Feb 27, Peru's Congress
passed a new law stiffening penalties for attacks on tourists,
making the maximum sentence for murdering or severely injuring a
tourist life in prison.
2007 Feb 27, The UN said Somali
authorities have arrested four suspects in the hijacking of a
UN-chartered cargo ship delivering food aid. The MV Rozen, however,
was still under the control of four pirates who remained aboard with
12 crew members as hostage. Attackers in Mogadishu killed Yusuf
Mohamed Dhisow, the brother-in-law of Somalia's prime minister.
(AP, 2/27/07)(AFP, 2/27/07)
2007 Feb 27, In Sri Lanka the
US and Italian ambassadors were wounded when their helicopters came
under fire from ethnic Tamil rebels who said they mistook them for a
2007 Feb 27, In central Sweden
2 crowded commuter buses collided on a slippery road, killing six
people and injuring nearly 50.
2007 Feb 27, Pridiyathorn
Devakula, Thailand’s finance minister and deputy prime minister,
(Econ, 3/3/07, p.49)
2008 Feb 27, US National
Intelligence Director Michael McConnell said told a Senate committee
in Washington that Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government
controls just 30% of the country. The resurgent Taliban controls
10-11% of the country, while local tribes control the rest. The
Afghan Defense Ministry soon replied saying: "All Afghan people know
that in the 34 provinces of Afghanistan and in more than 360
districts ... the government has control." A remote-controlled bomb
hit a civilian vehicle in eastern Khost province, killing the driver
and wounding six people. A militant ambush of an opium poppy
eradication force in Helmand province sparked clashes that left 25
Taliban fighters and a policeman dead.
(AP, 2/27/08)(AP, 2/28/08)
2008 Feb 27, The euro finished
above $1.50 for the first time after US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben
Bernanke’s testimony supported market expectations of another US
(WSJ, 2/28/08, p.C2)
2008 Feb 27, The annual TED
conference opened for a 4-day session in Monterey, Ca.
(SFC, 2/28/08, p.A1)
2008 Feb 27, William F. Buckley
(b.1925), conservative author of over 50 books and editor of the
National Review, died at his home in Connecticut.
(AP, 2/27/08)(SFC, 2/28/08,
2008 Feb 27, Boyd Coddington
(63), car-building legend, died in southern California. His
testosterone-injected cable TV reality show "American Hot Rod"
introduced the nation to the West Coast hot rod guru.
2008 Feb 27, In Chile a small
police plane crashed at a sports field in Chile's capital, killing
all six aboard and five on the ground.
2008 Feb 27, In China an early
morning factory fire left 15 people dead and three others severely
wounded in Shenzhen.
2008 Feb 27, The EU fined
Microsoft Corp. $1.3 billion for charging rivals too much for
software information. The fine is the largest ever for a single
company and the first time the EU has penalized a business for
failing to obey an antitrust order.
2008 Feb 27, French ambassador
Bernard Bajolet said France has handed Algeria details of
radioactive leaks from nuclear tests in the Algerian desert in the
1960s and should have acted earlier to clean up the damage.
2008 Feb 27, Germany's highest
court found that government surveillance of personal computers
violates the individual right to privacy. German investigators said
this will restrict their ability to pursue terrorists.
2008 Feb 27, The German luxury
carmaker BMW said that a restructuring plan aimed at boosting
profitability would see the overall elimination of 8,100 jobs
2008 Feb 27, Shihab al-Timimi
(74), the chief of the Iraqi Journalists' Union died of wounds
suffered in an ambush on Feb 23. Shiite pilgrims headed to a major
religious gathering were again targeted by extremists when a
roadside bomb detonated near a bus in Baghdad, killing one traveler.
US soldiers killed an Iraqi civilian who raised suspicion and failed
to heed warnings to stop as he approached their foot patrol north of
Baghdad. A young Iraqi man that may have been mentally disabled was
shot and wounded after he ran toward a patrol in Tahrir. Jar Allah,
also known as Abu Yasir al-Saudi, and another Saudi known only as
Hamdan, were both killed in Mosul by a guided missile fired from a
military helicopter. The wanted al-Qaida in Iraq leader was
responsible for numerous attacks and including the bombing deaths of
five American soldiers on Jan 28.
(AP, 2/27/08)(AP, 2/28/08)(AP, 3/2/08)
2008 Feb 27, Japan and Israel
shared their concerns about Iranian nuclear programs and agreed to
cooperate to prevent Tehran from going nuclear.
2008 Feb 27, A Palestinian
rocket struck a college campus in southern Israel, killing one
person and injuring a second. The Hamas militant group said it had
fired more than 20 rockets into southern Israel, including eight at
Sderot, the town near Gaza where the deadly strike took place. The
rocket barrage came hours after an Israeli airstrike killed five
Hamas militants earlier in the day. Late in the day Israeli aircraft
attacked the empty office of Gaza's Hamas prime minister and the
nearby Interior Ministry building. Palestinians said the blasts
killed a baby and wounded two dozen people in the surrounding area.
(AP, 2/27/08)(AP, 2/27/08)
2008 Feb 27, In Singapore Mas
Selamat bin Kastari, an alleged leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah
militant network, escaped from the Whitley Road Detention Centre. He
was accused of planning to hijack a plane and crash it into the
city's Changi Airport.
2008 Feb 27, Spanish judges
acquitted 20 Islamic terror suspects of the most serious charges in
an alleged plot to blow up a court, but convicted them of lesser
2008 Feb 27, In Sudan
unidentified gunmen attacked a village in Darfur, killing about 20
civilians. A Darfur rebel group blamed pro-government militiamen for
the dawn raid.
2008 Feb 27, Turkey said the
death toll for rebels reached 230 during the operation in northern
Iraq that began last week. The death toll for soldiers stood at 24.
Troops killed 77 Kurdish rebels in night-long clashes with 5 Turkish
2008 Feb 27, Two Venezuelan
helicopters left for Colombia on a mission to pick up four hostages
held by rebels for more than six years. Rebels turned over four
ex-lawmakers to representatives from Venezuela in the same region
where they released two others on Jan 10.
(AP, 2/27/08)(AP, 2/28/08)
2008 Feb 27, The WHO confirmed
the first urban cases of yellow fever in Latin America in 60 years.
(WSJ, 2/28/08, p.A1)
2009 Feb 27, President Barack
Obama outlined his plan for withdrawing combat troops from Iraq by
Aug. 31, 2010.
2009 Feb 27, The US government
said it will exchange up to $25 billion in emergency bailout money
it provided Citigroup Inc. for as much as a 36% equity stake in the
struggling bank. The deal is contingent on private investors also
agreeing to a similar swap. A Commerce Dept. report said the US GDP
had declined 6.2% in the 4th quarter of 2008.
(AP, 2/27/09)(WSJ, 2/28/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 27, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger declared a statewide drought emergency.
(SFC, 2/28/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 27, San Francisco
handed out pink slips to 262 city employees, with most cuts coming
from the Recreation and park Dept., the Human Services Agency, and
the Dept. of Public Works.
(SFC, 2/28/09, p.B1)
2009 Feb 27, Two members of the
Final Exit Network appeared in a Maryland court and waived an
extradition hearing on charges they aided the suicide of a
58-year-old Georgia man who suffered for years from cancer of the
throat and mouth.
2009 Feb 27, New Mexico
authorities said they have recovered bones from 13 victims at a
desert site west of Albuquerque. 2 victims were identified as
prostitutes reported missing in 2004.
(SFC, 2/28/09, p.A4)
2009 Feb 27, Alan Landers (68),
ex-smoker and former face for Winston cigarette advertising, died of
(Econ, 3/14/09, p.88)
2009 Feb 27, In Argentina a new
rule took effect in which members of the armed forces, related to
crimes under the 1976-1983 military dictatorship, will be tried by
civil courts rather than military tribunals.
(SFC, 2/28/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 27, In China US Deputy
Assistant Secretary of Defense David Sedney began talks with a
delegation led by Maj. Gen. Qian Lihua, the Chinese Defense
Ministry's head of foreign affairs, marked a resumption of military
consultations after a half-year suspension.
2009 Feb 27, A Tibetan monk, in
his late 20s, was shot after dousing himself with petrol and setting
himself alight in the Tibetan-populated town of Aba in China's
Sichuan province. Police put out the fire, and the man was taken to
hospital with burn injuries to his neck and head.
2009 Feb 27, Leading
international financial institutions said Eastern Europe's
struggling banks will receive euro24.5 billion ($31.1 billion) worth
of emergency help to shore up their battered finances. Regional
leaders were scheduled to meet this weekend. The Hungarian, Polish
and Czech currencies strengthened on the news of the aid package.
2009 Feb 27, The French film
industry awarded the best film Cesar to Martin Provost's
"Seraphine." Yolande Moreau, who plays Seraphine, won in the 34th
annual Cesar awards best actress category for her portrayal of the
dimwitted maid whose talents as a painter were discovered by a
German art collector on the eve of World War I. The Cesar for best
actor went to Vincent Cassel in "Mesrine," a story based on the real
life of a gangster.
2009 Feb 27, Unions in
Guadeloupe scored a victory in getting a deal to raise some workers'
salaries, but said they will not end a general strike now concluding
its sixth week.
2009 Feb 27, In Ireland the
family of banker Shane Travers was freed uninjured after he
delivered millions of euros stolen from his own branch. A gang had
taken his family hostage and threatened to kill them unless he
cooperated. Irish media put the amount at euro7 million ($9
million). The next day police recovered millions in stolen cash and
interrogated seven suspected robbers.
(AP, 2/27/09)(AP, 2/28/09)(SFC, 2/28/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 27, In Israel Benjamin
Netanyahu failed to persuade his centrist rival, Tzipi Livni, to
join him in a broad coalition, increasing the likelihood that
Israel's next government will be an alliance of hawks and hard-line
religious parties opposed to substantial concessions for peace.
2009 Feb 27, A court ordered
the Japanese government to pay 5.6 billion yen ($57.7 million) to
compensate people whose lives are disrupted by the noise of
warplanes at a US air base on the southern island of Okinawa. The
Fukuoka High Court ruling doubled the 2.8 million yen compensation
awarded in 2005 to the people living around Kadena Air Base, and
upheld the appeals of 5,540 residents.
2009 Feb 27, In Pakistan police
fought running battles with supporters of former PM Nawaz Sharif
near Islamabad as protests against a court order barring him from
elected office continued for a third day.
2009 Feb 27, Researchers in
Peru said an unusually intact fossilized skull of a pelagornithid, a
giant, bony-toothed seabird that lived up to 10 million years ago,
had been found in the in the Pisco Formation, a coastal rock bed
south of the capital, Lima, known for yielding fossils of whales,
dolphins, turtles and other marine life dating as far back as 14
2009 Feb 27, In Sri Lanka
government forces drove deeper into the Tamil Tigers' dwindling
stronghold, confining the rebel group that once controlled a vast
swath of northern Sri Lanka to an area smaller than Manhattan.
2009 Feb 27, A UN tribunal in
Tanzania convicted a former Rwandan military chaplain of attempted
rape and genocide for crimes that included killing people who had
sought refuge in a seminary. The three-judge panel sentenced
Emmanuel Rukundo (50) to 25 years in prison. Rukundo will only serve
17 and half years because the judges gave him credit for the seven
and a half years he has already spent in detention.
2009 Feb 27, The UN Children's
Fund said 53 million children are being targeted by a mass
immunization drive against polio in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory
Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo. Some 844 polio cases were
reported in the 8 countries in 2008, 95% of them in Nigeria.
2010 Feb 27, President Barack
Obama signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the
nation's main counterterrorism law, the Patriot Act.
2010 Feb 27, In NYC a new
visitor center opened near the rediscovered cemetery from the 17th
and 18th centuries to celebrate the ethnic Africans who had toiled,
many unpaid, to help make New York the nation's commercial capital.
2010 Feb 27, Militant
anti-whalers declared an end to this season's pursuit of Japanese
harpoon ships in Antarctic waters, saying it was their most
successful and intensely fought campaign so far.
2010 Feb 27, In Australia
thousands of people in lavish costumes and various states of undress
danced and partied their way through Sydney's streets, in the annual
Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.
2010 Feb 27, Canada bagged
another three gold medals on the penultimate day of the Winter
Olympics to ensure they will finish top of the medal standings,
triggering wild celebrations across the country.
2010 Feb 27, A magnitude 8.8
earthquake struck Chile, toppling homes, collapsing bridges and
plunging trucks into the fractured earth. Interior Minister Edmundo
Perez Yoma said it was the most powerful quake to hit the country in
a half-century. Authorities the next day put the death toll from the
earthquake at over 700. The death toll was later revised to 486 with
79 missing. Some 1.5 million Chileans were affected and 150,000
people were left homeless. A tsunami caused by the quake swept
across the Pacific and killed several people on a Chilean island. It
devastated coastal communities near the epicenter, but caused little
damage in other countries. Damages were later estimated at $30
billion. By the end of March Chilean officials confirmed 432 people
dead and 98 still missing in the earthquake and tsunami.
(AP, 2/27/10)(AP, 2/28/10)(SFC, 3/17/10,
p.A2)(AP, 3/19/10)(Econ, 3/20/10, p.43)(AP, 4/7/10)
2010 Feb 27, Egypt's parliament
voted by an overwhelming majority to regulate organ transplants in a
bid to curb illegal trafficking and tourism over the issue.
2010 Feb 27, Haitian officials
said eight people were killed and two missing after heavy rain
pounded the southwest and caused widespread flooding.
2010 Feb 27, Mexican
authorities said they have arrested a third suspect in the Jan 30
massacre of 15 people in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. Chihuahua
state prosecutors said he is a former police officer believed to
have worked as a hit man for the Juarez cartel.
2010 Feb 27, Mozambique's
former transport minister was sentenced to 20 years in prison for
stealing state funds, the highest-level corruption conviction ever
in the southern African country. Antonio Munguambe, transport and
communications minister from 2005 to 2008, was found guilty of
acting as an accomplice in the embezzlement of 1.7 million dollars
(1.25 million euros) from national airport company Airports of
2010 Feb 27, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide car bomber attacked a police station in Karak,
killing four people and wounding about two dozen. At least one
person died and several others were wounded when gunmen opened fire
on a procession in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan.
2010 Feb 27, In the southern
Philippines Al-Qaeda-linked Muslim militants killed 11 people, hours
after two hostages they were holding walked free.
2010 Feb 27, In Thailand 4
banks were targeted with small explosives, but no one was hurt.
(SFC, 3/1/10, p.A2)
2011 Feb 27, In the Academy
Awards ceremony in Los Angeles "The King's Speech," a historical
film, won best picture and three other prizes over more daring,
contemporary contenders like "The Social Network" and "Black Swan."
The Oscar for best-actor went to Colin Firth for "The King's
Speech," Natalie Portman won best-actress for "Black Swan," and
Christian Bale and Melissa Leo won as best supporting actors, both
for "The Fighter."
2011 Feb 27, In Fremont, Ca.,
about 15 robbers with guns and rifles accosted 6 employees at Unigen
and escaped with $37 million in computer components. In April 5
suspects were arrested and charged with the robbery.
(SFC, 4/14/11, p.C6)
2011 Feb 27, Joule Unlimited, a
Massachusetts biotechnology company, said it has invented a
genetically-engineered organism that it says simply secretes diesel
fuel or ethanol wherever it finds sunlight, water and carbon
2011 Feb 27, Afghanistan's
government said that its investigations have found NATO killed 65
civilians, many of them children, during recent operations in a
remote northeastern militant stronghold. The parliament elected
Abdul Rahoof Ibrahimi, a former Uzbek warlord, as speaker, ending a
month of squabbling over the position that has further undermined
the credibility of an assembly tainted by electoral fraud.
(AFP, 2/27/11)(Reuters, 2/27/11)
2011 Feb 27, In Bahrain
thousands of protesters streamed through the diplomatic area and
other sites, chanting against the country's king and rejecting his
appeals for talks to end the tiny Gulf nation's nearly two-week-old
2011 Feb 27, In Brazil at least
16 people were electrocuted when a power line fell atop a packed
pre-Carnival street parade in the town of Bandeira do Sul in Minas
2011 Feb 27, Britain’s Sunday
Times reported that Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing is set to clinch
the acquisition of a power distribution business in a deal which
would see him control half of Britain's electricity network.
2011 Feb 27, Britain froze the
assets of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in the country. The Daily
Telegraph reported that the liquid assets amount to about £20
2011 Feb 27, In China large
numbers of police, and new tactics like shrill whistles and street
cleaning trucks, squelched overt protests for a second in a row
after more calls for peaceful gatherings modeled on recent
democratic movements in the Middle East.
2011 Feb 27, In CongoDRC
assailants armed with machetes attacked the presidential residence
in Kinshasa. At least 7 attackers and 2 guards were killed.
President Kabila was not at home at the time. Congolese later picked
up 126 suspects in what they say was a multi-pronged attack that
centered on Congo's presidential palace in which 19 people were
(AP, 2/27/11)(SFC, 2/28/11, p.A2)(AP, 3/8/11)
2011 Feb 27, Villagers in
southern Egypt blocked the Assiut-Cairo highway with burning tires
and set fire to three government buildings to protest official
corruption. More than 2,000 employees of the Assiut provincial
government went on strike.
2011 Feb 27, French Pres.
Sarkozy selected Defense Minister Alain Juppe to replace foreign
minister Michele Alliot-Marie. Gerard Longuet, head of the
conservative party in the Senate, will take over the defense
(SFC, 2/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 27, A rocket fired
from the Gaza Strip hit Israeli territory, raising Israel's alert
level but causing no damage or casualties.
2011 Feb 27, In Lebanon about
500 people waving flags and chanting for national unity gathered in
Beirut in a protest inspired by the wave of demonstrations across
the Middle East. The crowd held signs criticizing the sectarian
makeup of Lebanon's government.
2011 Feb 27, In Libya hundreds
of armed anti-government forces backed by rebel troops who control
the city closest to the capital Tripoli prepared to repel an
expected offensive by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi surrounding
Zawiya, a city of 200,000. Armed forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi
captured 3 Dutch marines and their helicopter during a botched
evacuation mission after landing near Sirte in a Lynx helicopter
from the navy ship HMS Tromp.
(AP, 2/27/11)(AP, 3/3/11)
2011 Feb 27, Officials in
Madagascar arrested 12 suspected pirates after they surrendered the
Aly Zoulfecar upon arriving in the Indian Ocean island nation. The
ship, controlled by pirates since Nov. 3, carried 20 passengers and
9 crew members and had been badly ravaged by a tropical storm before
arriving in Madagascar.
2011 Feb 27, Malaysian police
arrested dozens of ethnic Indians in a clampdown on a protest
against a high school literature book that was slammed for
denigrating the minority community.
2011 Feb 27, In Mexico police
in the resort city of Acapulco found the bodies of four men inside a
trash container, all had been shot and three of them had their
throats slit. The body of a fifth man was found alongside a highway.
Soldiers killed four alleged drug traffickers in a clash in the
Pacific coast state of Nayarit. In the Pacific coast state of
Michoacan, police found the bodies of five men in different areas of
the capital of Morelia.
2011 Feb 27, Omani security
forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters demanding
better salaries and measures to curb corruption. At least one person
was killed in Sohar. Sultan Qaboos bin Said ordered 50,000 new state
positions and a monthly stipend of 150 rials ($390) for job seekers.
(AFP, 2/27/11)(AP, 2/28/11)
2011 Feb 27, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen torched two NATO oil tankers.
2011 Feb 27, In Puerto Rico
Rep. Rolando Crespo (35), a member of the party that favors US
statehood for the Caribbean island territory, resigned his seat, two
days after officials disclosed that a drug test showed he had used
2011 Feb 27, Saudi Arabia’s
King Abdullah ordered that government sector workers employed under
temporary contracts be given permanent contracts in another to
pre-empt growing calls for reform.
2011 Feb 27, Somali officials
said at least 115 people have been killed in an operation against
Al-Qaida-linked militants that began Feb 23. At least 60 militants
and 6 peacekeepers were among the dead.
(SFC, 2/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 27, In Sudan at least
10 people died when a militia attacked a police post in the disputed
area of Abyei. The fertile area is claimed by both north and south
Sudan and is near several large oil fields.
2011 Feb 27, Tunisian PM
Mohamed Ghannouchi (69) said he will resign, amid renewed violence
during protests in this North African country. Officials said that
at least five people have died during violent street protests since
Feb 25 with nearly 200 people were arrested over the last two days.
Interim president Fouad Mebazaa chose Beji Caid-Essebsi (84), a
former government minister, as the new prime minister.
(AP, 2/27/11)(SFC, 2/28/11, p.A3)
2011 Feb 27, In Turkey
Necmettin Erbakan (85), a longtime leader of Turkey's Islamic
political movement, died. He briefly served the country's prime
minister (1996-1997) in the first Islamic-led coalition in Turkey's
2011 Feb 27, In the United Arab
Emirates 4 Americans aboard a turboprop plane were killed when their
aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff in Abu Dhabi.
2011 Feb 27, Yemen's opposition
parties said they are joining young protesters in their push to
bring down the country's beleaguered president.
2012 Feb 27, Colorado’s sec. of
state said enough signatures have bee collected to allow a measure
for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use to go before
voters in November.
(SFC, 2/28/12, p.A5)
2012 Feb 27, In Ohio a shooting
at Chardon High School outside Cleveland put the school on lockdown.
The alleged shooter, identified as T.J. Lane (17), killed one
student and wounded three others. Two soon died from their wounds
bringing the death toll to 3.
(AP, 2/27/12)(AP, 2/28/12)
2012 Feb 27, WikiLeaks said it
was publishing a massive trove of leaked emails from the U.S.
intelligence analysis firm Stratfor, shedding light on the inner
workings of the Texas-based think tank.
2012 Feb 27, In eastern
Afghanistan a Taliban suicide car bomber targeting NATO troops at
Jalalabad airport killed 6 civilians, an Afghan soldier and 2 local
guards, the 7th day of violence over the burning of the Koran at a
US airbase. 4 insurgents were killed by a rocket that they were
trying to fire into an Afghan-run military base in the east of the
country. An Afghan official said severe cold weather has killed 35
children in the past two days in northeastern Badakhshan.
2012 Feb 27, Australia’s PM
Julia Gillard defeated Kevin Rudd, her former foreign minister, 71
votes to 31 in a ballot of Labor Party lawmakers, ending Rudd's
attempt to recapture the job Gillard took from him in an internal
party coup in 2010.
2012 Feb 27, James Ibori (49),
former governor of Nigeria's oil-rich Delta state, pleaded guilty in
a British court to charges of money-laundering, conspiring to
defraud and obtaining a money transfer by fraud.
2012 Feb 27, Ecuador’s
President Rafael Correa said he would drop two controversial
lawsuits against El Universo newspaper and the authors of the 2010
book "The Big Brother."
(SFC, 2/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 27, European Union
foreign ministers said they were increasingly appalled by the Syrian
government's ruthless campaign of repression against civilians, and
imposed new sanctions in hopes of pressuring the regime to change
2012 Feb 27, Gabon's President
Ali Bongo Ondimba named Raymond Ndong Sima (56) as the country's new
prime minister following a resounding victory for the ruling party
in general elections amid an opposition boycott. This marks the
first time in Gabon's history that a prime minister is not from the
majority ethnic Fang region of Libreville, but rather from the north
of the country, home of some key opponents of the region.
2012 Feb 27, Indonesia's top
court upheld a 15-year jail term against Islamist militant Abu Bakar
Bashir for terrorist acts, reversing an earlier decision to slash
the sentence to nine years.
2012 Feb 27, Iraqi Kurdistan
said it has granted refugee status to 30 Kurdish Syrian troops who
defected to the region in the first such instance in the revolt
against Bashar al-Assad's regime.
2012 Feb 27, The Italian cruise
ship Costa Allegra, from the same fleet as the tragedy-struck Costa
Concordia, went adrift off the Seychelles with more than 1,000
people on board following a fire. A French fishing ship soon began
towing the Allegra to the Seychelles. The ship reached the
Seychelles on March 1 with all passengers and crew safe.
(AFP, 2/27/12)(AFP, 2/28/12)
2012 Feb 27, Elpida, a Japanese
maker of DRAM memory chips, filed the biggest bankruptcy claim of
any Japanese manufacturer sine WWII.
(Econ, 3/3/12, p.84)
2012 Feb 27, A Mexican judge
ordered authorities to investigate the killings of women in the
suburbs of Mexico City, reviving a sensitive issue related to a
former governor who is a leading candidate in the presidential race.
The ruling was not revealed until March 6.
2012 Feb 27, In Nepal at least
3 people were killed and 7 wounded in an explosion near government
offices in Kathmandu, in the first bomb attack in the Nepali capital
for three years. An organization calling itself the United Ethnic
Liberation Front (UELF) claimed responsibility.
(AFP, 2/27/12)(AFP, 2/29/12)
2012 Feb 27, Nigerian
immigration services said they have repatriated around 11,000
foreigners mainly from Niger and Chad over the past six months to
curb a growing Islamist insurgency. Gunmen in the north killed three
policemen when they hurled explosives and opened fire on a police
station in Jama'are, Bauchi state.
(AFP, 2/27/12)(AFP, 2/28/12)
2012 Feb 27, Russian state
television reported that security forces have uncovered a plot to
assassinate PM Vladimir Putin and have arrested suspects linked to a
Chechen rebel leader known for other terror attacks. The suspects
were arrested in Ukraine's Black Sea port city of Odessa after an
accidental explosion Jan. 4 while they were trying to manufacture
explosives at a rented apartment.
2012 Feb 27, In Somalia an
explosion killed three people at a football match in Mogadishu.
2012 Feb 27, Off Somalia's
coast, 2 hostages were killed as the Danish warship HDMS Absalon
intercepted a cargo vessel that had been hijacked by pirates. 17
suspected pirates were found along with 18 hostages. In July Danish
military prosecutors say a Danish soldier "very likely" caused the
death of the two hostages, but that the soldier would not be
prosecuted since anti-pirate operations are inherently fraught with
(AP, 2/28/12)(AP, 7/3/12)
2012 Feb 27, South Korean
legislator Park Sun-Young (55), who has staged a week-long hunger
strike outside China's embassy, vowed to fast until death unless
Beijing ends its policy of repatriating North Korean refugees.
2012 Feb 27, South Sudan signed
a ceasefire with the largest of several rebel groups which threaten
the stability of the world's newest nation. The agreement was with
the former rebels of George Athor, in which they agreed to the
amnesty laid down by President Salva Kiir. Athor was killed by
government forces last December.
2012 Feb 27, In Spain Baltasar
Garzon (56), the embattled superstar judge known for taking on
high-profile international human rights cases, was acquitted on
charges of overstepping his jurisdiction by launching an
investigation into right-wing atrocities during and after the
1936-1939 Spanish Civil War.
2012 Feb 27, In Sri Lanka
thousands of people joined government-backed protests across the
country against a proposed UN Human Rights Council resolution on
alleged rights abuses during the country's civil war.
2012 Feb 27, In Sudan rebels
fighting along the disputed border with the breakaway south said
they had seized the key area of Taruje, near the southern border,
clearing a path for refugees fleeing the fighting.
2012 Feb 27, Musa
Ndlangamandla, the sacked chief editor of the Swazi Observer
newspaper, said that he has fled to South Africa in fear of his life
after receiving a tip-off that police wanted to arrest him on terror
charges. He was fired in January after he published interviews with
leaders of banned pro-democracy groups in his daily column.
2012 Feb 27, In Syria Red Cross
teams reached Hama for the first time in more than a month,
delivering food and other goods to the central Syrian city battered
by a military crackdown on the anti-government uprising. Syria says
voters have approved a new constitution in a vote that the West has
dismissed as a "farce" meant to justify deadly crackdowns on
dissent. The Britain-based monitoring group reported more than 100
people killed across Syria, including 11 members of the security
forces, and 68 civilians.
(AP, 2/27/12)(AFP, 2/28/12)
2012 Feb 27, In Yemen aides to
Ali Abdullah Saleh said that the ousted president plans to go into
exile in Ethiopia, as pressures mounted on him to depart the country
for fear of sparking new cycles of violence.
2013 Feb 27, The US Senate
confirmed Jacob J. Lew (57) as treasury secretary.
(SFC, 2/28/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 27, In California
former Contra Costa fire captain Jon Wilmot (51) of Alamo was
charged with receiving stolen property, embezzlement, possession of
an assault weapon and commercial burglary.
(SFC, 3/1/13, p.D3)
2013 Feb 27, Pianist Van
Cliburn (b.1934) died at his home in Fort Worth, Texas. He won the
1958 Tchaikovsky Intl. Competition in Moscow and became an overnight
(SFC, 2/28/13, p.D5)
2013 Feb 27, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber slid under a bus full of Afghan soldiers and blew
himself up in Kabul, wounding 10.
2013 Feb 27, Australia's
highest court narrowly rejected the case of two Muslim activists who
argued they had a constitutional free-speech right to send offensive
letters to families of Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
2013 Feb 27, Brazilian police
said Father Emilson Soares Correa, a Roman Catholic priest, is being
investigated for allegations of sexual abuse of three young girls in
his parish in Niteroi, a city across Guanabara Bay from Rio de
2013 Feb 27, British health
officials said gonorrhea cases have soared by 25 percent in the past
year in England as superbug or drug-resistant strains of the
sexually transmitted infection (STI) take hold worldwide.
2013 Feb 27, China’s state news
announced the arrests of 5 Tibetans accused of inciting a series of
self-immolations late last year.
(SFC, 2/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 27, In CongoDRC the
M23 divided into two groups over disagreements on negotiations with
the Congolese government. The splinter group is lead by the M23
president Jean-Marie Runiga and Gen. Baudoin Ngaruye. The new group
is reported to be aligned with warlord Bosco Ntaganda.
2013 Feb 27, Egyptian
authorities confiscated two pick-up trucks carrying 60 anti-tank
missiles smuggled across the border from Libya.
2013 Feb 27, In Greece Vassilis
Papageorgopoulos, the former mayor of Thessaloniki, was sentenced to
life i8n prison along with 12 top aides after being found guilty of
embezzling almost $23.5 million in state funds.
(SFC, 2/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 27, Guinean security
forces fired tear gas at protests that turned violent after
opposition marchers started throwing stones in Conakry. The
opposition said that it has withdrawn from the upcoming legislative
election set for May 12 because the opposition is unhappy with
preparations for the election.
2013 Feb 27, In India a fire
broke out at an illegal six-story plastics market in Kolkata,
killing at least 19 people.
2013 Feb 27, Saeed Jalili,
Iran’s top official at diplomatic talks, said negotiations in
Kazakhstan with world powers over how to curb Iran's nuclear program
have reached a "turning point" for the better at the close of two
days of discussions aimed at preventing Tehran from building an
2013 Feb 27, An Iraqi plane
landed in Kuwait for the first time since Saddam Hussein's 1990
invasion of the tiny emirate.
2013 Feb 27, In Ireland Ali
Charaf Damache (47) was arrested while leaving a courthouse in
Waterford. He had just walked free from the court, after three years
in prison when detectives acting on an American extradition warrant
rearrested and escorted him, handcuffed, to an unmarked police car.
The FBI and US Justice Department accuse Damache of being the
ringleader behind an unrealized 2009 conspiracy to target artist
Lars Vilks in Sweden over his series of drawings depicting the
Muslim prophet Muhammad as a dog.
2013 Feb 27, A Jordanian
official said there is a new surge in Syrians fleeing across the
border to Jordan as fighting intensifies in southern Syria.
2013 Feb 27, Kenya police said
32 people have died after the bus they were travelling in rolled in
the Tulimani area.
2013 Feb 27, In New Zealand
Adam Strange, a 46-year-old television and short film director, was
killed by a shark off Muriwai Beach near Auckland.
2013 Feb 27, In Nigeria
foreigners working for a construction company escaped a kidnapping
attempt that killed 2 police officers in Taraba state.
2013 Feb 27, Pakistani
President Asif Ali Zardari visited Tehran where he worked to
finalize a gas pipeline deal with Iran that is being opposed by the
2013 Feb 27, In Pakistan gunmen
shot and killed a news reporter in Miran Shah, North Waziristan.
2013 Feb 27, In the Philippines
Pres. Benigno Aquino III warned Jamalul Kiram III, the Sultan of
Sulu, that he would face the full force of the law unless he
withdrew his armed followers from Sabah, Malaysia.
(SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 27, Slovenia’s
Parliament ousted PM Janez Jansa and his conservative government.
The 55-33 no-confidence vote named Alenka Bratusek (42) as prime
(SFC, 2/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 27, In Switzerland a
longtime employee (42) opened fire at a wood-processing company in
Menznau, leaving 3 people dead, including the assailant.
2013 Feb 27, Syrian rebels
clashed with government forces on two sides of Aleppo as well as
near its historic mosque. At least six rebels were killed in
fighting near a police academy west of the city
2014 Feb 27, Yahoo Inc.
strongly condemned a reported multiyear effort by American (NSA) and
British (GCHQ) spy agencies to snatch webcam images from the
Internet’s giant’s user accounts in a program code-named Optical
nerve starting in 2008.
(SFC, 2/28/14, p.C1)
2014 Feb 27, In San Francisco
five police officers and a former officer faced federal corruption
charges following a 3-year investigation. Surveillance video showed
officers abusing and stealing from residential hotel dwellers.
(SFC, 2/28/14, p.A1)
2014 Feb 27, Google gave the SF
Municipal Transportation Authority (MUNI) $6.8 million to fund two
years of free transit for kids.
(SFC, 2/28/14, p.A1)
2014 Feb 27, In Hawaii a small
plane crashed after takeoff from Lanai Island killing 3 people and
leaving three others injured.
(SFC, 2/28/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 27, In southwestern
China a bus in Guiyang caught fire near an elementary school with
about 50 people inside. 6 people were killed. A man suspicious of
his wife's infidelity later admitted to setting the fire.
2014 Feb 27, Huber Matos
Benitez (95), Cuban revolutionary-turned-political prisoner, died in
(Econ, 3/15/14, p.86)
2014 Feb 27, French Pres.
Francois Hollande arrived in Abuja and said France stood
shoulder-to-shoulder with Nigeria in its battle against Boko Haram.
He arrived as a guest of honor for celebrations to mark 100 years
since Nigeria's unification.
2014 Feb 27, In Germany former
Pres. Christian Wulff (54) was acquitted of corruption charges from
his time as a regional governor.
(SFC, 2/28/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 27, In Iraq at least
21 people were killed in bombings around the capital, Baghdad.
2014 Feb 27, Israeli forces
opened fire and killed Muataz Washaha (24), a Palestinian they were
seeking to arrest in the occupied West Bank, after the man had
barricaded himself inside his house.
2014 Feb 27, Malawians marched
on the streets of Blantyre in anger at their government after a
damning audit revealed that corrupt officials had stolen over $30
million from state coffers.
2014 Feb 27, In North Korea Kim
Jung Wook, a South Korean Baptist missionary, told reporters he is
sorry for his “anti-state" crimes and appealed to North Korean
authorities to show him mercy by releasing him from their custody.
He was arrested over four months ago for allegedly trying to
establish underground Christian churches.
(AP, 2/27/14)(SFC, 2/28/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 27, The Philippines
called on Malaysia, Vietnam and other claimants to join its legal
challenge to China's massive territorial claim in the South China
2014 Feb 27, In Qatar 12 people
including two children were killed when a gas tank exploded at a
Turkish restaurant in Doha.
2014 Feb 27, In Somalia a car
bomb blast in a normally quiet Mogadishu neighborhood blew the
facade off a tea shop where intelligence officers are known to
congregate, killing at least 11 people.
2014 Feb 27, Syrian TV said a
mortar shell landed near a hospital in a government-controlled
neighborhood of Homs, killing at least 5 people.
2014 Feb 27, Uganda shrugged
off foreign aid cuts and int’l criticism of its tough new anti-gay
law, saying it could do without Western aid. Denmark, Norway and the
Netherlands cut aid over Uganda’s anti-gay law.
(AFP, 2/27/14)(SFC, 2/28/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 27, Ukraine's new PM
Arseny Yatseniuk accused the government of ousted President Viktor
Yanukovich of stripping state coffers bare and said 37 billion
dollars of credit it had received had disappeared. Russian soldiers
without insignias, later known as “little green men," seized the
parliament in the Crimea region and raised the Russian flag,
alarming Kiev's new rulers, who urged Moscow not to abuse its navy
base rights on the peninsula by moving troops around.
(Reuters, 2/27/14)(Econ., 3/7/15, p.51)
2014 Feb 27, The United Arab
Emirates' state news agency said two crew members have been killed
in the crash of a military training aircraft.