Monday, February 27, 2012. Let’s see what we have today in history…
1776 – American Revolutionary War: the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge in North Carolina breaks up a Loyalist militia.
1801 – Pursuant to the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801, Washington, D.C. is placed under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress.
1860 – Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible for his election to the Presidency.
1864 – American Civil War: The first Northern prisoners arrive at the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia.
1922 – A challenge to the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, allowing women the right to vote, is rebuffed by the Supreme Court of the United States in Leser v. Garnett.
1939 – United States labor law: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that sit-down strikes violate property owners’ rights and are therefore illegal.
1942 – World War II: During the Battle of the Java Sea, an allied strike force is defeated by a Japanese task force in the Java Sea in the Dutch East Indies
1951 – The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified.
1973 – The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
1986 – The United States Senate allows its debates to be televised on a trial basis.
1991 – Gulf War: U.S. President George H. W. Bush announces that “Kuwait is liberated”.
1807 – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (d. 1882)
1902 – John Steinbeck, American writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1968)
1932 – Elizabeth Taylor, British-American actress (d. 2011)
1934 – Ralph Nader, American author, activist and political figure
1954 – Neal Schon, American musician (Journey)
1959 – Johnny Van Zant, American singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1892 – Louis Vuitton, French luggage maker (b. 1821)
1998 – J. T. Walsh, American actor (b. 1943)
2011 – Duke Snider, American professional baseball player (b. 1926)