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27th February

1807 * Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, US poet who wrote 'Hiawatha'.

1844 Dominican Republic gained independence from Haiti.

1879 Saccharin discovered by Constantin Fahlberg and Prof. Ira Penson, Baltimore, USA.

1897 Paris saw the first couple to leave a wedding in a decorated motor car.

1900 The Labour Party was founded, with Ramsay MacDonald as its secretary.

1930 * Joanne Woodward, US actress who won an Oscar for The Three Faces of Eve (1957).

1932 * Elizabeth Taylor, US actress who won an Oscar for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1933 German Reichstag building in Berlin was destroyed by fire.

1941 * Paddy Ashdown, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Britain.

1948 Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.

1951 The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, limiting the President to two terms.

1953 A proposal to simplify English spelling cleared its second hurdle in parliament.

1963 Antoine Argoud, President De Gaulle's arch enemy and a former colonel in the French Army, was charged with an assassination attempt.

1980 Columbian guerrillas seized the Dominican Republic's embassy, in Columbia.

1982 Legislation in the European Court was passed, banning corporal punishment in schools.

1991 The Gulf War ended when Iraq unconditionally accepted UN resolutions on Kuwait.

1999 Voters flock to polling stations in Nigeria to elect a civilian president and end military rule that had lasted 15 years.

2001 The British government announces a 150 million aid package for UK farmers due to the foot-and-mouth disease crisis.

2002 A fire on a train in India resulted in the deaths of 57 Hindu pilgrims.

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