February 27 in Pop Culture History

February 27th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

February 27th History Highlights

  • 1827- Masked and costumed students danced through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the first of the city’s famous Mardi Gras celebrations.
  • 1933 – Germany’s parliament building in Berlin, the Reichstag, was set on fire.
  • 1951 – The 22nd Amendment to the Us Constitution was passed, limiting the tenure of holding the presidential office to two terms.
  • 2006 – The African Burial Ground National Monument was established in Lower Manhattan, New York. Over 15,000 Africans, slave and free, were buried there from the 1690s through the 1790s.
  • If you were born on February 27th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… June 6th (prior year)

February 27th is…

African Travel Day
Digital Learning Day
International Polar Bear Day
Kahlua Day
National Protein Day
National Retro Day
National Strawberry Day
No-Brainer Day

February 27th Birthday Quotes

“No one wants advice, only corroboration.”
– John Steinbeck

“It is very strange that the years teach us patience – that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.”
– Elizabeth Taylor

“Follow your deepest dream, the one you had as a kid but stay focused.”
– Donal Logue

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
“Life is but an empty dream!”
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of a man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in art, in music, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man.”
– John Steinbeck

“There’s no half-singing in the shower, you’re either a rock star or an opera diva.”
– Josh Groban

“Thinking is the great enemy of perfection. The habit of profound reflection, I am compelled to say, is the most pernicious of all the habits formed by civilized man.”
– Constantine the Great

February 27th Birthdays

272 – Constantine the Great, Roman emperor (died in 337)
1807 – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (died in 1882)
1891 – David Sarnoff, American businessman, founded RCA (died in 1971)
1897 – Marian Anderson, American singer and performer (died in 1993)
1902 – John Steinbeck, American journalist and author, Nobel Prize laureate (died in 1968)
1902 – Gene Sarazen, American golfer (died in 1999)
1910 – Peter De Vries, American journalist and author (died in 1993)
1932 – Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress (died in 2011)
1934 – Ralph Nader, American lawyer, politician, and activist
1937 – Barbara Babcock, American actress
1954 – Neal Schon, American rock guitarist and singer-songwriter
1957 – Kevin Curran, American screenwriter and television producer (died in 2016)
1962 – Adam Baldwin, American actor, Brother
1966 – Donal Logue, Canadian actor
1971 – Sara Blakely, American businesswoman, founded Spanx
1980 – Chelsea Clinton, American journalist and personality
1981 – Josh Groban, American singer-songwriter
1983 – Kate Mara, American actress

February 27th 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.’

1812 – Lord Byron gave his first address as a member of the House of Lords, in defense of Luddite violence against Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire.

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.

1951 – The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, was ratified.

1954 – #1 Hit February 27, 1954 – March 12, 1954: Doris Day – Secret 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 Checker – Pony 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 Furtado – Say It Right

2010 (Earthquake) Coastal Maule, Chile

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Benjamin Franklin coined the term battery during his experiments with electricity.

America’s population will be 60% over the age of 65 soon, so Hollywood is going to have to retool all their scripts and do a major national casting call soon for sexy old fogeys.

When times are troubled, SMILE. When disaster threatens, LAUGH. When asked your age, LIE.

“You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.” – Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) in On the Waterfront, 1954

Place a slice of bread in a bag of a freshly cooked batch of cookies so the cookies will absorb moisture from the bread to stay fresh longer. #advice

“People are strange when you’re a stranger. Faces look ugly when you’re alone.” #songlyrics

A group of Moles is called a Labor or Company or Movement.

“I never thought those Pirates would beat all those Robots!” TVQuotes

Velcro is actually the name brand, the actual product is called Hook and Loop.

German Chocolate Cake is actually American and is named German Chocolate Cake after its creator, Sam German

A group of Computers is called a Network.

Fortune cookies were invented in 1916 by George Jung, in Los Angeles.

Somebody needs to buy the rights to the OMC song “How Bizarre” so we can finally hear the rest of the story.

Out of the 10,000 members of the Communist Party USA in 1957, 1,500 were FBI informants.

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