Today in History - February 27

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274        Feb 27, Constantine I was born. He became the great Roman emperor (324-337) who adopted Christianity. [see c288]
    (MC, 2/27/02)

425        Feb 27, Theodosius effectively founded a university in Constantinople.
    (HN, 2/27/99)

1167        Feb 27, Robert of Melun, English philosopher, bishop of Hereford, died.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1425       Feb 27, Moscow's Grand Duke Vasilii died and his brother-in-law, Vytautas, became guardian of his son, Vasilii, and daughter, Sophia.
    (LHC, 2/27/03)

1526        Feb 27, Saxony and Hesse formed the League of Gotha, a league of Protestant princes.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

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.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

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.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1670        Feb 27, Jews were expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

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, diarist, died.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1733        Feb 27, Johann Adam Birkenstock (46), composer and sandal designer, died.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bull)

1746        Feb 27, Gian Francesco Fortunati, composer, was born.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1801        Feb 27, The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.
    (AP, 2/27/98)

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.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1814        Feb 27, Ludwig von Beethoven's 8th Symphony in F, premiered.
    (MC, 2/27/02)
1814        Feb 27, Napoleon's Marshal Nicholas Oudinot was pushed back at Barsur-Aube by the Emperor's allied enemies shortly before his abdication.
    (HN, 2/27/98)

1823        Feb 27, William Buel Franklin (d.1903), Major General (Union volunteers), was born.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1827        Feb 27, Richard W. Johnson (d.1897), Bvt Major General (Union Army), was born.
    (MC, 2/27/02)
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 Ash Wednesday.
    (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 San Patricio.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliad_Campaign)

1841        Feb 27, [Eleanor] Agnes Lee, daughter of US general Robert E. Lee, was born.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

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]
    (www.onwar.com/aced/data/delta/dominican1844.htm)

1848        Feb 27, Charles Hubert H. Parry, musicologist, composer (Jerusalem), was born in England.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1850        Feb 27, Henry Edwards Huntington, US railroad exec, was born.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1854        Feb 27, Composer Robert Schumann was saved from a suicide attempt in Rhine.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

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.
    (AP, 2/27/98)

1864        Feb 27, The 6th and last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia, (about 600 casualties).
    (MC, 2/27/02)
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.
    (HN, 2/27/00)
1865        Feb 27, A Civil War skirmish took place near Sturgeon, Missouri.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1873        Feb 27, Enrico Caruso (d.1921), was born. He was the Italian operatic lyric tenor who excelled in operas such as Pagliacci.
    (Internet)

1879        Feb 27, Constantine Fahlberg discovered saccharin, an artificial sweetener.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1883        Feb 27, Oscar Hammerstein patented the 1st cigar-rolling machine.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

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 (Sen-D-Ala).
    (http://encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-1848)

1887        Feb 27, Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin (53), Russian physician, composer (Prince Igor), died. [see Feb 15]
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1888        Feb 27, Lotte Lehmann, German opera singer, was born.
    (HN, 2/27/01)

1891        Feb 27, David Sarnoff, RCA Board Chairman and a pioneer of U.S. television, was born. 
    (HN, 2/27/98)

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.
    (Internet)

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.
    (HN, 2/27/02)

1899        Feb 27, Charles H. Best, physiologist, co-discoverer of Insulin, was born in Maine.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

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.
    (AFP, 2/10/10)(www.awm.gov.au/people/267.asp)

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.
    (HN, 2/27/98)

1908        Feb 27, Baseball’s sacrifice fly was adopted. It was repealed in 1931 and reinstated in 1954.
    (MC, 2/27/02)
1908        Feb 27, The forty-sixth star was added to the U.S. flag, signifying Oklahoma's admission to statehood.
    (HN, 2/27/98)

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: "Lawrence Durrell."
    (WUD, 1994, p.443)(SFEC, 7/12/98, BR p.7)(HN, 2/27/01)

1913        Feb 27, Irwin Shaw, US novelist (Rich Man Poor Man), was born.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1917        Feb 27, John Connally, Texas Governor, wounded in the assassination of President John Kennedy, was born.
    (HN, 2/27/98)

1919        Feb 27, 1st public performance of Gustav Holst's "Planets."
    (MC, 2/27/02)
1919          Feb 27, The Bolsheviks took Lithuania and joined it with Belarus as a single Soviet republic. Litbel lasted until June 25.
    (LHC, 2/27/03)

1920        Feb 27, The US rejected a Soviet peace offer as propaganda.
    (HN, 2/27/98)
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 Bureau.
    (www.ja.org/about/about_history.shtml)
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.
    (LHC, 2/27/03)

1922        Feb 27, G.B. Shaw's "Back to Methuselah I/II" premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 2/27/02)
1922        Feb 27, Commerce Sec. Herbert Hoover convened the 1st National Radio Conference.
    (MC, 2/27/02)
1922        Feb 27, The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that guaranteed the right of women to vote.
    (AP, 2/27/98)

1925        Feb 27, Glacier Bay National Monument was dedicated in Alaska.
    (HN, 2/27/98)
1925        Feb 27, Hitler resurrected the NSDAP (Nazi) political party in Munich.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1927        Feb 27, For the 2nd Sunday in a row golfers in SC were arrested for violating Sabbath.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

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.
    (WSJ, 9/29/06, p.W8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Briton_Hadden)

1930        Feb 27, Joanne Woodward, actress, was born. Her films included "Rachel, Rachel" and "The Three Faces of Eve."
    (HN, 2/27/01)

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 1933]
    (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.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1933        Feb 27, Jean Genet's "Intermezzo," premiered in Paris.
    (MC, 2/27/02)
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 congressional investigation.
    (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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/5rdhj2)

1935        Feb 27, Mirella Freni, lyric soprano (Madame Butterfly), was born in Modena, Italy.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1936        Feb 27, Ivan P. Pavlov (86), Russian physiologist (reflexes, "drooling dog" Nobel 1904), died.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1938        Feb 27, Britain and France recognized the Franco government in Spain.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

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.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

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.
    (MC, 2/27/02)
1942        Feb 27, Battle of Java Sea began. 13 US warships sank-2 Japanese.
    (MC, 2/27/02)
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 Brandenburg commandos.
    (HN, 2/27/98)

1947        Feb 27, Gidon Kremer, violinist (Tchaikovsky Prize 1970), was born in Riga, Latvia.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1949        Feb 27, Chaim Weizmann became the 1st Israeli president.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1951        Feb 27, Lee Atwater, Republican National Committee Chairman (1989-91), was born.
    (MC, 2/27/02)
1951        Feb 27, The 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution, limiting a president to two terms of office, was ratified.
    (AP, 2/27/07)

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.
    (HN, 2/27/98)

1956        Feb 27, Female suffrage was granted in Egypt.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1957        Feb 27, Mao made his speech "On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People."
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1958        Feb 27, Harry Cohn, CEO of Columbia Pictures, died of a heart attack.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

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.
    (AP, 2/27/98)
1960        Feb 27, Adriano Olivetti (58), Italian engineer, manufacturer, died.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

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.
    (HN, 2/27/98)

1964        Feb 27, "What Makes Sammy Run?" opened at 84th St Theater in NYC for 540 performances.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

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 seek reelection.
    (HNQ, 10/30/00)
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, p.E1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankie_Lymon)

1969        Feb 27, President Nixon arrived in Rome from West Berlin amid protests by thousands of students.
    (www.historynet.com/today_in_history?tihMonth=2&tihDay=27)

1973        Feb 27, U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Virginia pool club could not bar residents because of color.
    (HN, 2/27/98)
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 Warrior.
    (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.
    (www.nybooks.com/articles/2173)

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.
    (AP, 2/27/99)

1980        Feb 27, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of President Clinton (1993-2001), was born in Little Rock, Ark.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelsea_Clinton)
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, 9/14/05)

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.
    (AP, 2/27/99)

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 contracted AIDS.
    (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 vice-presidential nominee.
    (AP, 2/27/05)

1986        Feb 27, The U.S. Senate approved telecasts of its debates on a trial basis.
    (AP, 2/27/98)
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, p.A3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Demjanjuk)

1987        Feb 27, "Washington Week In Review" celebrated its 20th anniversary on PBS.
    (http://tinyurl.com/g88rg)(www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/about.html)
1987        Feb 27, Donald Regan resigned as White House chief of staff.
    (www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1987/87feb.htm)

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 Winter Olympics.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/27/99)
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).
    (www.infoplease.com/ce6/people/A0830309.html)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caracazo)(AP, 2/9/11)

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.
    (AP, 2/27/00)
1990        Feb 27, Exxon Corp and Exxon Shipping were indicted on 5 criminal counts for the oil spill at Valdez, Alaska.
    (www.epa.gov/history/topics/valdez/02.htm)

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 trial.
    (SFC, 12/11/08, p.B2)(SFC, 12/13/13, p.C2)(SFC, 12/13/13, p.C2)
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, p.B5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begum_Khaleda_Zia)

1992        Feb 27, Tiger Woods (16) became the youngest PGA golfer in 35 years.
    (MC, 2/27/02)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/02)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Aramony)
1992        Feb 27, Former Sen. S.I. Hayakawa died in San Francisco at age 85.
    (AP, 2/27/02)

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.
    (AP, 2/27/98)
1993        Feb 27, Jose Duval (72), actor and singer, died. He played coffee pitchman Juan Valdez.
    (www.msu.edu/~daggy/cop/bkofdead/obits-du.htm)
1993        Feb 27, Actress Lillian Gish died in New York at age 99.
    (AP, 2/27/98)

1994        Feb 27, The Winter Olympic Games ended in Lillehammer, Norway.
    (AP, 2/27/99)
1994        Feb 27, A Maronite church near Beirut was bombed and 10 people were killed.
    (www.cidcm.umd.edu/inscr/mar/data/lebchstchro.htm)

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.
    (AP, 2/27/00)
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."
    (http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Obituary/1995/misc.html)(http://tinyurl.com/dxlwv)

1996        Feb 27, Bob Dole won the North Dakota and South Dakota primaries, while Steve Forbes captured Arizona’s winner-take-all primary.
    (AP, 2/27/01)
1996        Feb 27, It was reported that element 112, aka unumbium, was first made in Darmstadt, Germany, in an experiment led by Peter Armbruster.
    (Econ, 5/5/07, p.100)(http://newton.ex.ac.uk/aip/physnews.260.html)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/98)
1997        Feb 27, Legislation banning most handguns in Britain went into effect.
    (AP, 2/27/98)
1997        Feb 27, Divorce became legal in Ireland. [see Jan 17]
    (AP, 2/27/98)(www.divorceuk.com/pages/keyissues/diveire.php)

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 mad-cow disease.
    (AP, 2/26/99)
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 Nagorno-Karabakh.
    (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.
    (MC, 2/27/02)
1998        Feb 27, The journal Science reported that scientists suspected an unknown "repulsive force" to be acting against gravity and speeding the expansion of the universe.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/27/99)
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 million.
    (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 were wounded.
    (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, 2/27/00)

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.
    (AP, 2/27/01)
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 Kosovo.
    (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 citizens.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
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 pollution.
    (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."
    (AP, 2/27/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spike_Milligan)
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 offensive.
    (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 U.N. deadline.
    (AP, 2/27/04)
2003          Feb 27, In Lithuania Rolandas Paksas became the country's 3rd president since it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
    (AP, 2/27/03)
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 passengers.
    (AP, 3/3/03)

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 half-century.
    (AP, 2/27/05)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/04)
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 crimes.
    (AP, 2/27/04)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/04)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/04)
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 barrier.
    (AP, 2/27/04)
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 people.
    (AP, 2/27/04)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/04)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/04)

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.
    (AP, 2/27/05)
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 election.
    (AP, 3/28/05)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/27/05)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/05)
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 counting.
    (AP, 3/5/05)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/05)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/05)
2005        Feb 27, Pope John Paul II made a surprise first public appearance after surgery, appearing at his Rome hospital window.
    (AP, 2/27/06)

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 countries.
    (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."
    (AP, 3/1/06)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, Five California state prison employees, who objected to questionable purchases for inmate drug treatment programs, testified that they were told to stay quiet.
    (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 officials.
    (WSJ, 2/28/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 27, Otis Chandler (b.1927), former publisher of the LA Times (1960-1980), died in Ojai, Ca.
    (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 Robins, Ga.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/06)
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 Uzbekistan.
    (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 wild swans.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
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 breach-of-copyright lawsuit.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
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 United States.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, In Burundi a government official acknowledged that rogue soldiers and police officers have executed and tortured suspected rebels and civilians.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/06)
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 eight-year ban.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, In southern Colombia rebels burst into a hotel where local government officials were meeting and killed eight town councilors.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
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.
    (AFP, 2/27/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/27/06)
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 ambitions.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
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."
    (AP, 2/27/06)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, A lab official said Niger has become the second African country with confirmed cases of the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
2006        Feb 27, In southwestern Pakistan a bomb explosion on a railroad track derailed a passenger train shortly after it was attacked by gunmen.
    (AP, 2/27/06)
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 2002.
    (AP, 2/27/06)

2007        Feb 27, The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 416.02 points, the worst drop since the 2001 terrorist attacks.
    (AP, 2/27/08)
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 months.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
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 Washington.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
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, 3/10/07, p.70)
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 their brains.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
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 vehicles.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
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 developers.
    (AFP, 2/27/07)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
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 war criminals.
    (Reuters, 2/27/07)(AFP, 2/27/07)(Econ, 7/19/08, p.55)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
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.
    (AP, 3/3/07)
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 military target.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 27, In central Sweden 2 crowded commuter buses collided on a slippery road, killing six people and injuring nearly 50.
    (AP, 2/27/07)
2007        Feb 27, Pridiyathorn Devakula, Thailand’s finance minister and deputy prime minister, quit.
    (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 rate cut.
    (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, p.A1)   
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.
    (AP, 2/28/08)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/08)
2008        Feb 27, In China an early morning factory fire left 15 people dead and three others severely wounded in Shenzhen.
    (AP, 2/27/08)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/08)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/27/08)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/08)
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 worldwide.
    (AP, 2/27/08)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/08)
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.
    (AFP, 2/28/08)
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 offenses.
    (AP, 2/27/08)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/08)
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 soldiers killed.
    (AP, 2/27/08)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/09)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/09)
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 tonsillar cancer.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/28/09)
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.
    (AFP, 2/28/09)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/09)
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.
    (AP, 2/2709)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/09)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/09)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/09)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/09)
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 million years.
    (AP, 2/28/09)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/09)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/09)
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.
    (AFP, 2/27/09)

2010        Feb 27, President Barack Obama signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the nation's main counterterrorism law, the Patriot Act.
    (AP, 2/28/10)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/10)
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.
    (AFP, 2/27/10)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/10)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/27/10)
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.
    (AFP, 2/27/10)
2010        Feb 27, Haitian officials said eight people were killed and two missing after heavy rain pounded the southwest and caused widespread flooding.
    (AP, 2/27/10)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/10)
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 Mozambique.
    (AFP, 2/27/10)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/10)
2010        Feb 27, In the southern Philippines Al-Qaeda-linked Muslim militants killed 11 people, hours after two hostages they were holding walked free.
    (AFP, 2/27/10)
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."
    (AP, 2/28/11)
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 dioxide.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
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 crisis.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
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 Gerais state.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
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.
    (AFP, 2/27/11)
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 billion.
    (AFP, 3/4/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
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 killed.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
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 portfolio.
    (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.
    (AFP, 2/27/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
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 cocaine.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
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 modern history.
    (AP, 2/27/11)
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.
    (AP, 2/28/11)
2011        Feb 27, Yemen's opposition parties said they are joining young protesters in their push to bring down the country's beleaguered president.
    (AP, 2/27/11)

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.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
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.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
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 course.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
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.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
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.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
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.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 3/6/12)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
2012        Feb 27, In Somalia an explosion killed three people at a football match in Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
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 deadly risks.
    (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.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
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.
    (AFP, 2/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/12)
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.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
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.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/12)

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 sensation.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
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 Janeiro.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
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.
    (AP, 3/1/13)
2013        Feb 27, Egyptian authorities confiscated two pick-up trucks carrying 60 anti-tank missiles smuggled across the border from Libya.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
2013        Feb 27, In India a fire broke out at an illegal six-story plastics market in Kolkata, killing at least 19 people.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
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 atomic arsenal.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
2013        Feb 27, An Iraqi plane landed in Kuwait for the first time since Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of the tiny emirate.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
2013        Feb 27, Kenya police said 32 people have died after the bus they were travelling in rolled in the Tulimani area.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
2013        Feb 27, In Nigeria foreigners working for a construction company escaped a kidnapping attempt that killed 2 police officers in Taraba state.
    (AP, 2/28/13)
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 United States.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
2013        Feb 27, In Pakistan gunmen shot and killed a news reporter in Miran Shah, North Waziristan.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
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 minister designate.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
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
    (AP, 2/27/13)

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.
    (AP, 2/28/14)
2014        Feb 27, Huber Matos Benitez (95), Cuban revolutionary-turned-political prisoner, died in Miami.
    (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.
    (AP, 2/27/14)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 2/27/14)
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.
    (AFP, 2/27/14)
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 Sea.
    (AP, 2/27/14)
2014        Feb 27, In Qatar 12 people including two children were killed when a gas tank exploded at a Turkish restaurant in Doha.
    (Reuters, 2/27/14)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/14)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/14)
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.
    (AP, 2/27/14)

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