February 27 in Pop Culture History

February 27 in Pop Culture History

1703 – The first Mardi Gras was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703.

1801 – District of Columbia Organic Act of 1801 – Washington, D.C. is placed under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress. ‘Taxation without representation.’

1827- Masked and costumed students danced through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the first of the city’s famous Mardi Gras celebrations.

1879 – Saccharin, the artificial sweetener, was discovered by Constantin Fahlberg,

1900 – German chemist Felix Hoffmann was issued the patent (#644,077) for ‘Acetyl Salicylic Acid’. We now call it Aspirin.

1936 – Shirley Temple received a new contract from 20th Century Fox that paid the seven-year-old star $50,000 per film.

1954 – #1 Hit February 27, 1954 – March 12, 1954: Doris DaySecret Love

1960 – The US Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviet Union in the semifinals at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California. The next day, the US team beat Czechoslovakia to win its first-ever Olympic gold medal in hockey.

1961 – # 1 Hit February 27, 1961 – March 19, 1961: Chubby CheckerPony Time

1973 – The American Indian Movement (AIM) occupied Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

1974 – People magazine was published for the first time

1980 – There was only one Grammy for Best Disco Recording ever, and it was awarded to Gloria Gaynor for I Will Survive.

1999 – Colin Prescot and Andy Elson set a new endurance record after being in a hot air balloon for 233 hours and 55 minutes.

2007 – # 1 Hit February 24, 2007 – March 2, 2007: Nelly FurtadoSay It Right

2010 (Earthquake) Coastal Maule, Chile

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