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Today in History
Today in History: Monday, February  27, 2017
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On Feb. 27, 1933, Germany's parliament building in Berlin, the Reichstag, caught fire. The ruling Nazis, blaming the Communists, used the fire as a pretext to suspend civil liberties.
 
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1801The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.
1807Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine.
1902Author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, Calif.
1951The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting a president to two terms of office, was ratified.
1973Members 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.
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1991President George H.W. Bush announced the end of the Persian Gulf War, saying the allies would suspend combat operations at midnight.
1997Divorce became legal in Ireland.
1997Legislation banning most handguns in Britain went into effect.
2002Alicia Keys won five Grammy Awards for her debut album, "Songs in A Minor."
2002A mob of Muslims set fire to a train carrying hundreds of Hindu nationalists in Godhra, India; some 60 people died.
2008Author and conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. died at age 82.
2010An 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami killed 524 people in Chile caused $30 billion in damage and left over 200,000 homeless.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Singer Josh Groban turns 36 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Joanne WoodwardActress87
Ralph NaderConsumer advocate83
Barbara BabcockActress80
Howard HessemanActor ("Head of the Class," "WKRP in Cincinnati")77
Debra MonkActress68
Neal SchonRock musician (Journey)63
Johnny Van ZantCountry singer57
James WorthyBasketball Hall of Famer56
Adam BaldwinActor55
Grant ShowActor ("Melrose Place")55
Chelsea ClintonDaughter of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton37
Atlanta Falcon tight end Tony Gonzalez turns 41 years old today.
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