Today in History: February 27

Today in History: February 27

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0425

Theodosius effectively founds a university in Constantinople.

1531

German Protestants form the League of Schmalkalden to resist the power of the emperor.

1700

The Pacific Island of New Britain is discovered.

1814

Napoleon's Marshal Nicholas Oudinot is pushed back at Barsur-Aube by the Emperor's allied enemies shortly before his abdication.

1827

The first Mardi-Gras celebration is held in New Orleans.

1864

The first Union prisoners arrive at Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

1865

Confederate raider William Quantrill and his bushwackers attack Hickman, Kentucky, shooting women and children.

1905

The Japanese push Russians back in Manchuria and cross the Sha River.

1908

The forty-sixth star is added to the U.S. flag, signifying Oklahoma's admission to statehood.

1920

The United States rejects a Soviet peace offer as propaganda.

1925

Glacier Bay National Monument is dedicated in Alaska.

1933

The burning down of the Reichstag building in Berlin gives the Nazis the opportunity to suspend personal liberty with increased power.

1939

The Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes.

1942

British Commandos raid a German radar station at Bruneval on the French coast.

1953

F-84 Thunderjets raid North Korean base on Yalu River.

1962

South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem is unharmed as two planes bomb the presidential palace in Saigon.

1963

The Soviet Union says that 10,000 troops will remain in Cuba.

1969

Thousands of students protest President Richard Nixon's arrival in Rome.

1973

U.S. Supreme Court rules that a Virginia pool club can't bar residents because of color.

1988

Debi Thomas becomes the first African American to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.

1991

Coalition forces liberate Kuwait after seven months of occupation by the Iraqi army.