February 27 Famous Birthdays, Quotes and History – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Steinbeck, Elizabeth Taylor

June 1, 2010
By Vannini

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Notable Events

1801 – The District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.

1879 – American chemists Ira Remsen and Constantine Fahlberg announced their discovery of saccharin.

1883 – Oscar Hammerstein of New York City patented the first practical cigar-rolling machine.

1897 – Great Britain agreed to United States arbitration in a border dispute between Venezuela and British Guiana, defusing a diplomatic crisis.

1922 – The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, providing for female suffrage, was unanimously declared constitutional.

1933 – The burning down of the Reichstag building in Berlin offered the Nazis, who blamed the Communists, the opportunity to suspend personal liberty.

1939 – The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.

1974 – “People” magazine debuted.

1991 – President George Bush declared the end of the Gulf War. Kuwait was declared liberated.

1997 – Divorce became legal in Ireland; it had been the only nation in Europe in which divorce was illegal.

2002 – A Muslim mob attacks a train a few minutes after it leaves the Godhra railway station, killing at least 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya.

2005 – Pre-pay price capping on the Transport for London oyster card is introduced.

2007 – The general strike against Lansana Conté in Guinea ends.

Notable Births

274 – Constantine, Roman emperor.

1807 – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet.

1886 – Hugo Black, American politician and Supreme Court associate justice.

1902 – John Steinbeck, American writer.

1932 – Elizabeth Taylor, American Academy Award-winning actress.

1934 – Ralph Nader, American consumer activist.

1959 – Johnny Van Zant, American Southern rock vocalist.

1964 – Todd Bodine, race car driver born in Chemung, New York.

1973 – Ali Tabatabaee, one of two main vocalists in the band Zebrahead.

Notable Deaths

1936 – Ivan Pavlov, Russian physiologist, psychologist, and physician, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1904.

1989 – Konrad Lorenz, Austrian zoologist, credited for establishing the science of ethology.

1998 – George H. Hitchings, American scientist, recipient of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

2003 – Fred Rogers, the host of TV’s “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

2006 – Otis Chandler, best known as the publisher of the Los Angeles Times between 1960 and 1980.

2007 – Bobby Rosengarden, jazz drummer, percussionist, and bandleader.

2008 – William F. Buckley, Jr., an American author and conservative commentator.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes

Resolve and thou art free.

  • A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.
  • A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.
  • Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night’s repose.
  • Build today, then strong and sure, With a firm and ample base; And ascending and secure. Shall tomorrow find its place.
  • For his heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every art.
  • Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
  • Music is the universal language of mankind.
  • Resolve and thou art free.

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