FEBRUARY 27 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1594 – Henry IV was crowned King of France on the 27th February 1594.

1700 – The island of New Britain was discovered on the 27th February 1700.

1812 – Manuel Belgrano raised the Flag of Argentina for the first time on the 27th February 1812, in the city of Rosario.

1844 – The Dominican Republic gained independence from Haiti on the 27th February 1844.

1863 – Joaquín Sorolla the Spanish painter was born on the 27th February 1863 (d. 1923).

1900 – The British Labour Party was founded on the 27th February 1900.

1902 – John Steinbeck the American author and Nobel Prize laureate was born on the 27th February 1902 (died 1968).

1903 – Ion Irimescu the Romanian sculptor and sketcher was born on the 27th February 1903 (died 2005).

1935 – Uri Shulevitz the American author and illustrator was born on the 27th February 1935.

1936 – Ron Barassi the Australian footballer and coach was born on the 27th February 1936.

1940 – Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discovered carbon-14 on the 27th February 1940.

1940 – Bill Hunter the Australian actor was born on the 27th February 1940 (died 2011).

1951 – Steve Harley the English singer-songwriter and guitarist from Cockney Rebel was born on the 27th February 1951.

1957 – Adrian Smith the English guitarist from Iron Maiden was born on the 27th February 1957.

1957 – Robert de Castella the Australian runner was born on the 27th February 1957.

1958 – Max Crivello the Italian illustrator was born on the 27th February 1958.

1958 – Nancy Spungen the American girlfriend of Sid Vicious was born on the 27th February 1958 (died 1978).

1964 – The government of Italy asked for aid to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from falling over on the 27th February 1964.

1973 – Peter Andre the Australian singer-songwriter and actor was born on the 27th February 1973.

2007 – The Chinese Correction: the Shanghai Stock Exchange fell 9% on the 27th February 2007, the largest drop in 10 years.

2010 – An earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale hit central parts of Chile on the 27th February 2010, killing over 500 people. The quake triggered a tsunami which hit Hawaii shortly after.

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