February 27 – Today In History
Today In …
1827 - New Orleans, Louisiana celebrated its first Mardi Gras.
1879 - Constantine Fahlberg and Ira Remsen announced their discovery of saccharin, the artificial sweetener.
1900 - Britain’s Labour Party was formed.
1951 - The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified which limited the President of the United States to serve only two terms.
1996 - The Pokemon games were first released.
Sharing A Birthday Today…
Joan Bennett the actress who appeared in the original version of “Father of the Bride” was born in 1910.
Chelsea Clinton daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hilary Clinton was born in 1980.
Mary Frann who starred on TV’s “Newhart” was born in 1943.
Josh Groban the voice behind such hits as “Believe” and “You Raise Me Up” was born in 1981.
Howard Hesseman who starred in TV’s “WKRP in Cincinnati” and “Head of the Class” was born in 1940.
Donal Logue the actor who appeared in “The Patriot” and TV’s “Grounded for Life” was born in 1966.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow the renowned author/poet of such works as “Paul Revere’s Ride” and “Song of Hiawatha” was born in 1807.
Guy Mitchell the singer of such songs as “Heartaches by the Number”, “My Heart Cries for You” and “Singing the Blues” was born in 1927.
Ralph Nader the renowned consumer/political activist was born in 1934.
Ariel Sharon the former Prime Minister of Israel was born in 1928.
Timothy Spall who starred in “The Last Samurai” and appears as Peter “Wormtail” Pettigrew in the “Harry Potter” films was born in 1957.
Nancy Spungen the infamous girlfriend of Sid Vicious of the band the Sex Pistols was born in 1958.
John Steinbeck the Nobel prize winning author of “Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men” was born in 1902.
Elizabeth Taylor the legendary actress and AIDS activist who starred in “Giant”, “Cleopatra” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” was born in 1932.
Rozonda Thomas a.k.a. Chilli from the group TLC was born in 1971.
Joanne Woodward the Oscar winning actress of the film “The Three Faces of Eve” and wife of actor Paul Newman, was born in 1930.
We Said Goodbye To…
Pat Brady the singer/actor who starred in such films as “Durango Kid” with Roy Rogers and was a member of the singing group Sons of the Pioneers passed away in 1972 at the age of 57.
Lillian Gish the legendary actress of such silent films as “Birth of a Nation” and “Intolerance” passed away in 1993 at the age of 99.
Allison Hayes the TV/movie actress who starred in “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” passed away in 1977 at the age of 46.
Henry Cabot Lodge the renowned Senator, Ambassador and political figure passed away in 1985 at the age of 82.
Frankie Lymon the popular singer of “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” passed away in 1968 at the age of 25.
Fred Rogers who will forever be remembered for TV’s “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” passed away in 2003 at the age of 74.
George Tobias who starred in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” passed away in 1980 at the age of 78.
Top Of The Charts On This Day In…
1954 - “Secret Love” by Doris Day
1982 - On The Country Charts – “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good” by Don Williams
1988 - “Father Figure” by George Michael
In Print In…
1974 - The first issue of “People” magazine hit stands.
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