February 27th

2012
Wikileaks begins disclosing 5 million emails from private intelligence company Stratfor.
2012–13 Stratfor email leak
2010
A massive earthquake strikes Chile. The tremor measured 8.8 on the Richter scale and left more than 500 people dead and thousands injured.
2010 Chile earthquake
2008
Author and conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. died at age 82.
William F. Buckley Jr.
2003
Fred Rogers, of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, died.
Fred Rogers
2002
A Muslim mob set fire to a train carrying Hindu pilgrims. The attack killed 59 people, including many women and children.
Godhra train burning
1997
Legislation banning most handguns in Britain went into effect.
Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997
1991
President George H.W. Bush announced the end of the Persian Gulf War, saying the allies would suspend combat operations at midnight.
Foreign policy of the Bill Clinton administration
1980
Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF wins elections in Zimbabwe.
Southern Rhodesian general election, 1980
1973
Members of the American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee, S.D., the site of the 1890 massacre of Sioux men, women and children. The occupation lasted until May.
Lakota Nation Invitational
1957
Mao's famous speech to the Supreme State Conference "On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People" expounding Maoist ideals.
Legal history of China
1951
The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting a president to two terms of office, was ratified.
Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution ...
1943
Non-violent protests in Berlin prevent the deportation of 2000 jews. The “Rosenstrasse protest” was carried out by the “Aryan” wives and relatives of detained Jewish men.
Rosenstrasse protest
1933
Germany's parliament building is set on fire. The Nazis used the Reichstag fire to justify harsh repression against political opponents. The event is considered pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany.
Reichstag fire
1932
The neutron is discovered. English physicist James Chadwick was later awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery.
Discovery of the neutron
1902
Author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, Calif.
John Steinbeck
1900
In London, the Trades Union Congress and the Independent Labour Party (formed in 1893) meet, resulting in a Labour Representative Committee and eventually the modern Labour Party in 1906.
Independent Labour Party
1844
Dominican Republic gained independence from Haiti.
Dominican War of Independence
1807
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
1801
The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.
District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801