425-Theodosius effectively founds a university in Constantinople.
1531-German Protestants form the League of Schmalkalden to resist the power of the emperor.
1700-The Pacific Island of New Britain is discovered.
1814-Napoleon's Marshal Nicholas Oudinot is pushed back at Barsur-Aube by the Emperor's allied enemies shortly before his abdication.
1827-The first Mardi-Gras celebration is held in New Orleans.
1864-The first Union prisoners arrive at Andersonville Prison in Georgia.
1865-Confederate raider William Quantrill and his bushwackers attack Hickman, Kentucky, shooting women and children.
1905-The Japanese push Russians back in Manchuria and cross the Sha River.
1908-The forty-sixth star is added to the U.S. flag, signifying Oklahoma's admission to statehood.
1920-The United States rejects a Soviet peace offer as propaganda.
1925-Glacier Bay National Monument is dedicated in Alaska.
1933-The burning down of the Reichstag building in Berlin gives the Nazis the opportunity to suspend personal liberty with increased power.
1939-The Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes.
1942-British Commandos raid a German radar station at Bruneval on the French coast.
1953-F-84 Thunderjets raid North Korean base on Yalu River.
1962-South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem is unharmed as two planes bomb the presidential palace in Saigon.
1963-The Soviet Union says that 10,000 troops will remain in Cuba.
1969-Thousands of students protest President Richard Nixon's arrival in Rome.
1973-U.S. Supreme Court rules that a Virginia pool club can't bar residents because of color.
1988-Debi Thomas becomes the first African American to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.
1991-Coalition forces liberate Kuwait after seven months of occupation by the Iraqi army.
Born on February 27
1807-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet.
1886-Hugo Black, U.S. Supreme Court justice.
1888-Lotte Lehmann, German opera singer.
1891-David Sarnoff, RCA board chairman and a pioneer of U.S. television
1897-Marian Anderson, singer.
1902-John Steinbeck, American novelist (The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men).
1904-James T. Farrel, author (Young Lonigan).
1910-Peter De Vries, writer, poetry editor (Poetry Magazine, The New Yorker).
1912-Lawrence Durrell, novelist (The Alexandria Quartet).
1917-John Connally, Texas Governor, wounded in the assassination of President John Kennedy.
1930-Joanne Woodward, actress (Rachel, Rachel, The Three Faces of Eve).
1932-Elizabeth Taylor, actress (Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).
1934-Ralph Nader, consumer advocate.