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A choirboy from Worcester Cathedral was sent to London to audition for Mr Handel who was well known as a good judge of voice. The Boy sang. "Is this how you praise God in Worcester"?, Handel asked. "Yes Mr Handel", replied the boy. "God is Good", Handel replied, "and no doubt he will hear your praises in Worcester, but no man will hear them in London

-- George Frederik Handel



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February Week 4
Posted on Jun 10, 2002 - 04:33 AM by Bill McCann

This page provides daily updates on past events and anniversaries during the Final week of February. The events included are those that either happened in London or had an effect, one way or another, on the lives of Londoners.


Daily updates on Events during the Final week


Below are the events and anniversaries for this week both about London and Londoners and Outside London.

The archive for these pages has been arranged in a series of monthly Digests. To speed up navigation, these have been further divided into four weekly instalments. These pages are all comprehensively interlinked.

Each Section has its own background page which provides additional and in-depth information about many of the events and people in the daily listings. They are intended to both amuse and inform and can be found at Gazette Briefings and Historical Anecdotes .

Links to the anniversaries and events in the other weeks of the month are given in the following table whilst links to the other months of the year can be found at the bottom of the page.

First WeekSecond WeekThird Week

London and Londoners

22nd

1684, Thursday February 22, Birth of the statesman William Pulteney (Earl of Bath).
1690, Saturday February 22, Death of the French painter and art theorist Charles Le Brun.
1701, Saturday February 22, Gilbert Heathcote Member for City of London was expelled from the House of Commons for acting as a Trustee for circulating Exchequer Bills contrary to an Act of Parliament.
1774, Tuesday February 22, The House of Lords ruled that authors do not have perpetual copyright.
chequer Bills contrary to an Act of Parliament.
1842, Wednesday February 22, Birth of the London impresario Carl Rosa, in Germany.
1857, Sunday February 22, Birth of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scout movement.
1875, Monday February 22, Death of the geologist Charles Lyell.
1882, Wednesday February 22, Birth of the English sculptor and typographer Eric Gill.
1882, Wednesday February 22, Charles Bradlaugh, Member for Northampton, was expelled from the House of Commons for contempt of orders of the House of Commons excluding him from the Parliamentary estate.
1886, Monday February 22, The Times newspaper became the first to publish a classified personal column.
1889, Friday February 22, Birth of the historian R G Collingwood.
1896, Saturday February 22, Death of the politician and author Thomas Hughes.
1916, Tuesday February 22, The Asquith Government said that women doing men's jobs will be paid the same if they are equally efficient.
1926, Monday February 22, Birth of the English comic actor Kenneth Williams.
1939, Wednesday February 22, The House of Commons tied at 89 on a motion to retain wording of motion calling for co-ordination of man-power and industrial policy in order to ensure employment to able-bodied unemployed workers. If fact there was a miscount and the Noes were reported incorrectly as 90 hence the Speaker did not give a casting vote; the next day subsequent proceedings on the motion were declared null and void.
1940, Thursday February 22, Birth of the English mime Julian Chagrin in London.
1950, Wednesday February 22, Birth of the English actress Julie Walters.
1953, Sunday February 22, Birth of the English comic actor Nigel Planer.
1995, Wednesday February 22, Prime Minister John Major and Irish Taoiseach John Bruton produced a framework document to guide the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland.

23rd

1544, Saturday February 23, Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, and father of Lady Jane Grey was executed for treason.
1633, Saturday February 23, Birth of the London diarist and creator of the modern Royal Navy, Samuel Pepys.
1649, Friday February 23, Birth of the English composer John Blow.
1685, Monday February 23, Birth of the composer and adopted Londoner George Frederic Handel in Halle-an-der-Salle Saxony.
1701, Sunday February 23, The Execution of Captain Kidd.
1792, Thursday February 23, Death of the English painter Joshua Reynolds.
1817, Sunday February 23, Birth of the English painter George Watts, in London.
1820, Thursday February 23, Discovery of the Cato Street conspiracy to assassinate members of the government and establish a republic.
1821, Friday February 23, Death of the English poet John Keats.
1884, Saturday February 23, Birth of the English actor Frank Cellier, in Surbiton.
1895, Saturday February 23, Birth of the English actor Richard Golden, in London.
1914, Monday February 23, Harry Busteed made the first test flight of the Bristol Scout biplane at Larkhill.
1924, Saturday February 23, Britain agreed to accept 5% of German produce in war reparations rather than 26%.
1934, Friday February 23, Death of the English composer Edward Elgar.
1950, Thursday February 23, The Labour Government of Clement Atlee was returned at the General Election but with a majority slashed to 8.
1951, Friday February 23, Birth of the BBC radio controller Nicholas Kenyon.
1983, Wednesday February 23, Death of the English conductor Sir Adrian Boult.
1994, Wednesday February 23, Seven Church of England bishops and more than 700 clergy become Catholics over the issue of women priests.
1996, Friday February 23, It was reported that the sperm counts young British men were almost 25% lower than those of men born before 1959.

24th

1496, Wednesday February 24, Henry VII ended the costly commercial dispute with Flanders over wool exports.
1552, Wednesday February 24, The Privileges of the Hanseatic League were abrogated by Edward VI.
1601, Tuesday February 24, Shrove Tuesday, the players known as the Lord Chamberlain's Men performed at Court.
1613, Wednesday February 24, The English Princess Elizabeth, elder daughter of James I, married Frederik V, elector of Palatine.
1637, Friday February 24, London theatres were briefly re-opened until 1 March but were closed again until October because of plague.
1809, Friday February 24, The third Theatre Royal Drury Lane was destroyed by fire. It was uninsured and still not paid for, so a financial disaster for the owners, who included Sheridan.
1825, Thursday February 24, Death of the English editor Thomas Bowdler. He produced 'bowdlerized' versions of the Shakespeare plays.
1902, Monday February 24, The Post Office opened its telephone system to subscribers.
1906, Saturday February 24, Single deck trams began to run through the tunnel connecting Kingsway to Aldwych.
1919, Monday February 24, The Coal miners strike postponed a strike pending an investigation by a government commission.
1920, Tuesday February 24, Nancy Astor became the first woman to address Parliament.
1923, Saturday February 24, The Flying Scotsman went into service between London and Edinburgh.
1981, Tuesday February 24, The engagement of the Prince of Wales Charles to Lady Diana Spencer was announced.
1983, Thursday February 24, Death of the English composer Herbert Howells.
1987, Tuesday February 24, The London Daily News launched by Robert Maxwell. It was the first attempt at a 24-hour newspaper in Britain but failed and ceased publication on July 23.

25th

1308, Sunday February 25, The Coronation of Edward II.
1456, Wednesday February 25, Richard Duke of York resigned as protector and defender of the throne.
1570, Saturday February 25, Pope Pius V excommunicated Elizabeth I and exempted her subjects from her rule.
1601, Wednesday February 25, Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, was executed for high treason.
1723, Monday February 25, Death of the architect Christopher Wren.
1828, Monday February 25, The Royal Brunswick Theatre, Wellclose Square had a gala opening attended by 3,000 people.
1890, Tuesday February 25, Birth of the English pianist Myra Hess, in London.
1900, Saturday February 25, The new underground station at Bank and the extensions of the Northern Line to Moorgate and from Stockwell to Clapham Common were opened.
1912, Sunday February 25, Birth of the English actor Richard Wattis.
1913, Tuesday February 25, Emmeline Pankhurst went on trial for a bomb attack on the home of David Lloyd George.
1917, Sunday February 25, Birth of the English novelist Anthony Burgess.
1923, Sunday February 25, Birth of the Lord Justice of Appeal Roger Parker.
1924, Monday February 25, The Dock strike ended after 10 days.
1929, Monday February 25, Birth of the British church historian Peter Bingham Hinchcliff.
1930, Tuesday February 25, A parliamentary bill to abolish blasphemy as an offence was dropped.
1937, Thursday February 25, Birth of the English actor Tom Courtenay.
1939, Saturday February 25, The first Anderson air-raid shelter was built, in Islington.
1941, Tuesday February 25, Birth of the English film producer David Puttnam.
1942, Wednesday February 25, Sir Stafford Cripps became Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the Commons.
1995, Saturday February 25, Death of the English film director Jack Clayton.

26th

1797, Sunday February 26, The first pound note was issued by the Bank of England.
1823, Wednesday February 26, Death of the English actor John Philip Kemble.
1826, Sunday February 26, The founders of the Zoological Society, including Sit Thomas Stamford Raffles, held their first meeting.
1851, Wednesday February 26, William Macready, the popular actor, gave the last of his many farewells as Macbeth at Drury Lane.
1879, Wednesday February 26, Birth of the English composer Frank Bridge.
1892, Friday February 26, Edward Samuel Wesley de Cobain Member for Belfast East was expelled from the House of Commons for absconding to the United States of America after a warrant for his arrest on charges of commission of acts of gross indecency was issued. On 21 March 1893 he was convicted and sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment with hard labour.
1893, Sunday February 26, Birth of the English critic Ivor Richards.
1904, Friday February 26, A dwindling majority made Prime Minister Balfour's position untenable and the King was widely expected to ask the Liberals to form a government.
1912, Monday February 26, The coal miners went on strike.
1919, Wednesday February 26, MPs began their debates on the bills to create new ministries of Health and Transport.
1949, Saturday February 26, Birth of the English soprano Emma Kirkby.
1952, Tuesday February 26, PM Winston Churchill announced that Britain had its own atomic bomb.
1995, Sunday February 26, Barings PLC the country's oldest merchant bank declared bankruptcy after Nick Leeson lost it approximately 625 million.

27th

1557, Saturday February 27, The first Russian Embassy opened its doors in London.
1706, Wednesday February 27, Death of the London diarist John Evelyn.
1710, Monday February 27, The Reverend Henry Sacheverell, a High Church Tory, went on trial for preaching seditious libel against the government.
1884, Wednesday February 27, A Fenian bomb exploded at Victoria Station and injured two people.
1900, Monday February 27, The Labour Party was formed at the Congregational Memorial Hall in Farringdon Street.
1903, Friday February 27, Birth of the English actor Reginald Gardiner, in Wimbeldon.
1907, Wednesday February 27, The present Central Criminal Court a the Old Bailey was opened on the site of Newgate Prison.
1932, Saturday February 27, Birth of the English screen actress Elizabeth Taylor, in London.
1939, Monday February 27, Birth of the English Prima Ballerina Antoinette Sibley.
1944, Sunday February 27, Birth of the English philosopher Roger Scruton.
1957, Wednesday February 27, Birth of the English actor Timothy Spall.
1973, Tuesday February 27, British civil servants went on strike for the first time.
1987, Friday February 27, Death of the English actress Joan Greenwood after a fall down her stairs.
1994, Sunday February 27, Death of the English art historian and aesthete Sir Harold Acton.

28th

1603, Friday February 28, Elizabeth I was reported to be ill.
1626, Tuesday February 28, Death of the English poet and dramatist Cyril Tourneur.
1710, Tuesday February 28, Rioting broke out in support of Henry Sachervell. Non-Conformist meeting places and the houses of prominent Whigs were damaged.
1749, Monday February 28, The first edition of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones was published.
1784, Saturday February 28, John Wesley signed the deed of declaration which established the Wesleyan faith.
1824, Saturday February 28, Birth of the French acrobat and aerialist Charles Blondin. See The First Circus.
1828, Thursday February 28, The roof of the 3 day old Royal Brunswick Theatre collapsed during a rehearsal killing 12 people.
1907, Thursday February 28, Birth of British poet W H Auden.
1915, Sunday February 28, Birth of the English immunologist Peter Medawar (Nobel 1953).
1916, Monday February 28, Death of the American-born British novelist Henry James.
1918, Thursday February 28, Birth of the English actor Alfred Burke, in London.
1923, Wednesday February 28, The House of Lords passed a bill which released husbands from being charged with coercion if their wives committed an offense in their presence.
1925, Saturday February 28, Birth of the British actor Harry Corbett.
1927, Monday February 28, Birth of the British aircraft magnate John Swire.
1957, Thursday February 28, Vauxhall launched its new Victor saloon with the capability of travelling 40 miles to the gallon.
1979, Wednesday February 28, Death of the English actress Jane Hylton.
1990, Wednesday February 28, Death of the English actress Fabia Drake.
1993, Sunday February 28, Death of the English actress Joyce Carey [Lawrence].

29th

1864, Monday February 29, The first Peabody Trust dewllings for the "artisan and labouring poor" of London were opened in Commercial Street.

Outside London

22nd

1495, Sunday February 22, Charles VIII of France entered Naples.
1512, Sunday February 22, Death of the Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci, who gave his name to America.
1749, Wednesday February 22, Birth of the German musicologist Johann Nikolaus Forkel.
1750, Thursday February 22, Death of the Italian composer Pietro Filippo Scarlatti.
1788, Friday February 22, Birth of the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.
1857, Sunday February 22, Birth of the German physicist Heinrich Hertz.
1875, Monday February 22, Death of the French painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot.
1879, Saturday February 22, F W Woolworth opened his first 'five-and-ten-cent' store in Utica New York.
1883, Thursday February 22, Birth of American voice actress Marguerite Clark (Snow White).
1896, Saturday February 22, Birth of the American actress Enid Markey.
1900, Thursday February 22, Birth of the Irish writer Sean O'Faolain.
1900, Thursday February 22, Birth of the Spanish film director Luis Bu uel.
1903, Sunday February 22, Death of the Austrian composer Hugo Wolf.
1906, Thursday February 22, Birth of the American actor Gale Gordon.
1907, Friday February 22, Birth of the American actor Robert Young.
1908, Saturday February 22, Birth of the English actor John Mills, in Felixstowe.
1910, Tuesday February 22, Birth of the English novelist Nicholas Monsarrat, in Liverpool.
1920, Sunday February 22, Birth of the Italian actress Giulietta Masina.
1925, Sunday February 22, Birth of the American actor Guy Mitchell.
1928, Wednesday February 22, Birth of the British television performer Bruce Forsyth.
1930, Saturday February 22, Birth of the American actress Allison Hayes.
1932, Monday February 22, Birth of the American actress Piper Laurie.
1934, Thursday February 22, Birth of the American bass Thomas Paul.
1946, Friday February 22, Russian/American microbiologist Selman Abraham Waksman discovered streptomycin (Nobel 1952).
1949, Tuesday February 22, Birth of the Austrian formula 1 driver Nikki Lauda.
1950, Wednesday February 22, Birth of the French actress Miou-Miou [Sylvette Hery].
1958, Saturday February 22, Birth of the American actor Kyle MacLachlan.
1973, Thursday February 22, Death of the Irish novelist Elizabeth Bowen.
1975, Saturday February 22, Birth of the American actress Drew Barrymore.
1979, Thursday February 22, St Lucia gained independence from Britain.
1980, Friday February 22, Death of the American actor Richard Kallman.
1985, Friday February 22, Death of the Russian violinist Efrem Zimbalist.
1987, Sunday February 22, Death of the American pop artist Andy Warhol.

23rd

1455, Saturday February 23, Estimated date of completion of the Gutenberg Bible.
1855, Friday February 23, Death of the German mathematician and astronomer Karl Gauss.
1883, Friday February 23, Birth of the German existentialist philosopher Karl Jaspers.
1883, Friday February 23, Birth of the American film director Victor Fleming.
1904, Tuesday February 23, Birth of the American journalist William L Shirer.
1915, Tuesday February 23, The actress Sarah Bernhardt had her right leg amputated in Bordeaux.
1917, Friday February 23, Birth of the American actor Kenneth Tobey.
1920, Monday February 23, Britain's first regular broadcasting service began, from Marconi's studios in Chelmsford.
1926, Tuesday February 23, Birth of the French mezzo-soprano Regine Crespin.
1931, Monday February 23, Death of the Australian soprano Nellie Melba.
1940, Friday February 23, Walt Disney's animated film Pinocchio was released.
1940, Friday February 23, Birth of the American film actor Peter Fonda.
1944, Wednesday February 23, Birth of the British politician James Cousins.
1949, Wednesday February 23, Birth of the British politician Maureen Hicks.
1950, Thursday February 23, Birth of the Irish novelist Neil Jordan.
1951, Friday February 23, Birth of the American actress Patricia Richardson.
1965, Tuesday February 23, Death of the English-born film comedian Stan Laurel.
1970, Monday February 23, Guyana became an independent republic within the Commonwealth .
1987, Monday February 23, Supernova 1987A in the Large Magellan Cloud was first observed. It is the first supernova visible to the naked-eye since 1604.
1997, Sunday February 23, British biologists confirmed that they had cloned an adult sheep from a single cell.

24th

1463, Thursday February 24, Birth of the Italian platonist Giovanni Pico della Mirandola.
1500, Monday February 24, Birth of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (Charles I of Spain).
The English defeated the French at Pavia and capturing King Francis I.
1530, Thursday February 24, The first imperial Coronation by a pope took place when Clement V crowned Charles V as Holy Roman Emperor.
1582, Saturday February 24, The Gregorian Calendar was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII to replace the Julian Calendar but was not adopted in Britain until 1752.
1607, Tuesday February 24, Monteverdi's opera Favola d'Orfeo premiered in Mantua.
1704, Thursday February 24, Death of the French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
1766, Monday February 24, Birth of the English composer & organist Samuel Wesley, in Bristol.
1786, Friday February 24, Birth of the German philologist Wilhelm Grimm.
1797, Friday February 24, Birth of the Irish artist, writer & songwriter Samuel Lover.
1810, Saturday February 24, Death of the English physicist Henry Cavendish.
1842, Thursday February 24, Birth of the Italian composer Arrigo Boito.
1846, Tuesday February 24, Birth of the Italian composer Luigi Denza.
1852, Tuesday February 24, Birth of the Irish novelist George Moore.
1858, Wednesday February 24, Birth of the Swiss maker and restorer of musical instruments Arnold Dolmetsch.
1866, Saturday February 24, Birth of the English newspaper proprietor Arthur Pearson, in Wookey Somerset.
1876, Thursday February 24, Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt premiered in Oslo.
1890, Monday February 24, Birth of the American actress Marjorie Main [Mary Tomlinson].
1914, Tuesday February 24, Birth of the American actor Zachary Scott.
1922, Friday February 24, Birth of the American actor Steven Hill.
1924, Sunday February 24, Birth of the American actor Douglas Watson.
1926, Wednesday February 24, Birth of the British politician Reginald Freeson.
1929, Sunday February 24, Birth of the American actor Richard B Shull.
1932, Wednesday February 24, Malcolm Campbell beat his own land speed record in Bluebird with a speed of 408.88 kph/253.96 mph.
1934, Saturday February 24, Birth of the Italian soprano Renata Scotto.
1937, Wednesday February 24, Birth of the British politician Jerry Wiggin.
1938, Thursday February 24, Toothbrushes with nylon bristles were first marketed by DuPont.
1948, Tuesday February 24, Birth of the English actor Dennis Waterman.
1955, Tuesday February 24, Birth of the French racing driver Alain Prost.
1955, Thursday February 24, Birth of the co-founder of Apple Computers, Steven Jobs.
1968, Tuesday February 24, Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge discovered the first pulsar, CP1919.
1986, Monday February 24, Voyager 2 made its first flyby of Uranus.
1993, Wednesday February 24, Death of the English footballer Bobby Moore.

25th

1643, Saturday February 25, Death of the Italian composer Marco da Gagliano.
1682, Saturday February 25, Death of the Italian violinist and composer Alessandro Stradella.
1725, Thursday February 25, Birth of the French organist and composer Armand-Louis Couperin.
1830, Thursday February 25, Victor Hugo's Hernani premiered in Paris with clashes between traditionalists and the supporters of the new (Romantic) movement.
1841, Thursday February 25, Birth of the French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
1852, Wednesday February 25, Death of the Irish Poet Thomas Moore.
1860, Saturday February 25, Birth of the English economic-historian William James Ashley.
1873, Tuesday February 25, Birth of the Italian tenor Enrico Caruso.
1887, Friday February 25, Birth of the English actor Leonard Carey.
1894, Sunday February 25, Birth of the Polish actor Howard Wendell.
1898, Friday February 25, Birth of the English X-ray crystallographer William Thomas Astbury.
1899, Saturday February 25, Death of the founder of Reuters news agency Paul Julius von Reuter.
1904, Thursday February 25, J M Synge's Riders to the Sea premiered in Dublin.
1906, Sunday February 25, Birth of the American actor Warren Hymer.
1906, Sunday February 25, Death of the Russian composer Anton Arensky.
1908, Tuesday February 25, Birth of the author Frank G Slaughter.
1913, Tuesday February 25, Birth of the German actor Gert Frobe.
1913, Tuesday February 25, Birth of the American actor Jim Backus.
1914, Wednesday February 25, Death of the English artist and illustrator John Tenniel.
1915, Thursday February 25, Death of the French physician George Mimot (Nobel-1934).
1919, Tuesday February 25, Birth of the Dutch historian F de Jong Edz.
1928, Saturday February 25, Birth of the American writer Richard Stern.
1931, Wednesday February 25, Birth of the British politician Edward Kellett-Bowman.
1938, Friday February 25, Birth of the American actress Diane Baker.
1938, Friday February 25, Lord Halifax replaces Anthony Eden as Foreign Minister.
1939, Saturday February 25, Birth of the Austrian actress Marisa Mell.
1940, Sunday February 25, Birth of the Spanish conductor Jesus Lopez-Cobos.
1947, Tuesday February 25, Death of the German physicist Friedrich Paschen.
1947, Tuesday February 25, Birth of the British politician Lewis Moonie.
1950, Saturday February 25, Birth of the British politician Anthony Lloyd.
1955, Friday February 25, HMS Ark Royal, the largest aircraft carrier ever built in Britain, was completed.
1967, Saturday February 25, Birth of the British currency speculator (who brought down Barings) Nick Leeson.
1973, Sunday February 25, Sondheim's A Little Night Music premiered at the Shubert Theater New York.
1983, Thursday February 25, Death of the American playwright Tennessee Williams.
1998, Wednesday February 25, Death of the Italian abstract artist Luigi Veronesi.
1998, Wednesday February 25, Death of the Italian sculptor Umberto Mastroianni.

26th

1707, Monday February 26, Birth of the Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni.
1770, Monday February 26, Death of the Italian violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini.
1802, Friday February 26, Birth of the French novelist and playwright Victor Hugo.
1839, Tuesday February 26, The first Grand National Steeplechase was run at Aintree and won by a horse called Lottery.
1868, Wednesday February 26, Birth of the English pianist Leonard Borwick.
1891, Thursday February 26, Ibsen's Hedda Gabler premiered in Oslo.
1893, Sunday February 26, Birth of the American actor William Frawley.
1906, Monday February 26, Birth of the English actress Madeleine Carroll.
1907, Tuesday February 26, Royal Dutch & Shell Transport/General Petroleum merged to form the Royal Dutch Shell group.
1914, Thursday February 26, Robert American screen actor Robert Alda.
1920, Thursday February 26, Birth of the American actor Tony Randall [Leonard Rosenberg].
1921, Saturday February 26, Birth of the American screen actress Betty Hutton.
1922, Sunday February 26, Birth of the English actress Margaret Leighton, in Birmingham.
1927, Saturday February 26, Birth of the American bass-baritone Donald Gramm.
1930, Wednesday February 26, Birth of the Russian pianist Lazar Berman.
1931, Thursday February 26, Death of the German chemist Otto Wallach (Nobel 1910).
1933, Sunday February 26, Birth of the of the British entrepreneur James Goldsmith, in Paris.
1936, Wednesday February 26, Adolf Hitler launched the Volkswagen Beetle intended to compete with Ford's Model T and boost the German economy.
1948, Thursday February 26, Birth of the British playwright David Edgar.
1950, Sunday February 26, Death of the Scottish music-hall comedian Harry Lauder.
1959, Thursday February 26, Death of the American comic actor Lou Costello.
1969, Wednesday February 26, Death of the German Existentialist philosopher Karl Jaspers.

27th

837, Tuesday February 27, 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
1167, Monday February 27, Death of the English philosopher Robert van Melun, bishop of Hereford.
1807, Friday February 27, Birth of the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
1847, Saturday February 27, Birth of the English actress Dame Ellen Terry, in Coventry.
1848, Sunday February 27, Birth of the English musicologist and composer Hubert Parry, in Bournemouth.
1861, Wednesday February 27, Birth of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner.
1879, Thursday February 27, Two American organic chemists announced their discovery of saccharin.
1887, Sunday February 27, Death of the Russian composer and chemist Alexander Borodin.
1888, Monday February 27, Birth of the German soprano Lotte Lehmann.
1902, Thursday February 27, Birth of the American novelist John Steinbeck.
1905, Monday February 27, Birth of the American actor Franchot Tone.
1912, Tuesday February 27, Birth of the English poet and novelist Lawrence Durrell.
1913, Thursday February 27, Birth of the American novelist Irwin Shaw.
1913, Thursday February 27, Birth of the British politician Frank Allaun.
1926, Saturday February 27, Birth of the British politician Peter Emery.
1930, Thursday February 27, Birth of the American actress Joanne Woodward.
1932, Saturday February 27, English physicist James Chadwick announced the discovery of the neutron (Nobel 1935).
1935, Wednesday February 27, Birth of the Spanish tenor Alberto Remedios.
1935, Wednesday February 27, Birth of the Italian soprano Mirella Freni.
1941, Thursday February 27, Birth of the British politician and Liberal-Democrat Leader Paddy Ashdown.
1947, Thursday February 27, Birth of the Latvian violinist Gidon Kramer.
1989, Monday February 27, Death of the Austrian zoologist Conrad Lorenz (Nobel 1973).
1993, Saturday February 27, Death of the American actress Ruby Keeler.
1993, Saturday February 27, Death of the American film actress Lilian Gish.

28th

1504, Wednesday February 28, Columbus, marooned in Jamaica used a solar eclipse to intimidate the natives.
1533, Friday February 28, Birth of the French essayist and philosopher Michel de Montaigne.
1574, Sunday February 28, The first New World victims of the Spanish Inquisition burned at the stake.
1609, Tuesday February 28, Death of the German composer Paul Sartorius.
1663, Thursday February 28, Birth of the English Blacksmith Thomas Newcomen, co-inventor of the colliery steam pumping engine.
1683, Wednesday February 28, Birth of the French scientist Ren Antoine de R aumur.
1862, Friday February 28, Gounod's opera La Reine de Saba premiered in Paris.
1869, Sunday February 28, Death of the French poet Alphonse de Lamartine.
1882, Monday February 28, Birth of the American soprano Geraldine Farrar.
1900, Wednesday February 28, Relief forces under General Buller relieved the siege of Ladysmith Natal.
1909, Sunday February 28, Birth of the American physicist and chemist Linus Pauling (Nobel 1954, 1962).
1909, Sunday February 28, Birth of the English poet and critic Stephen Spender.
1913, Friday February 28, Birth of the American film director Vincente Minnelli.
1915, Sunday February 28, Birth of the American actor Zero [Samuel Joel] Mostel.
1920, Saturday February 28, Birth of the English geomorphologist Marjorie Sweeting.
1922, Tuesday February 28, Egypt regained its independence from Britain, but British troops remained in the country.
1923, Wednesday February 28, Birth of the American actor Charles Durning.
1930, Friday February 28, Birth of the American physicist Leon Cooper (Nobel 1972).
1939, Tuesday February 28, Birth of the American dancer Tommy Tune.
1940, Wednesday February 28, The Cunard Superliner Queen Elizabeth was launched and saw service as a Troop ship during the war.
1946, Thursday February 28, Birth of the British Politician Robin Cook.
1947, Friday February 28, Birth of the English actress Stephanie Beacham.
1948, Saturday February 28, The last British troops left India.
1951, Wednesday February 28, Birth of the Irish boxer Barry McGuigan.

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