Calendar for February 27th, 2013

Born 1807: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (poet)

1827: First Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans

1879: Saccharin was discovered

Born 1902: John Steinbeck (novelist)

Born 1932: Elizabeth Taylor (actress)

Born 1940: Howard Hesseman (actor)

1951: 22nd Constitutional Amendment, enforcing term limits, ratified. (Limits U.S. presidents to two terms.)

1951: The 22nd Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, stipulating a maximum of two consecutive presidential terms

1963: Mickey Mantle signed a $100,000 contract with the NY Yankees. His new salary tied him with Joe DiMaggio as the most highly paid Yankee players of their time.

1964: Italian government asked public for ideas on how to save the leaning Tower of Pisa

Born 1966: Donal Logue (actor)

Born 1980: Chelsea Clinton (daughter of U.S. President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton)

Born 1981: Josh Groban (singer)

Died 1993: Lillian Gish (actress)

Died 2002: Spike Milligan (comedian)

Died 2003: Fred Rogers (host of the PBS children's show, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood)

2008: A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck about 125 miles north of London, England

Died 2008: William F. Buckley Jr. (writer & founder of National Review)

2010: An 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Chile

Died 2011: Frank W. Buckles (last surviving U.S. WW I veteran; he was 110 years old)

2013: Nine-foot tall bronze sculpture of civil rights activist Rosa Parks unveiled in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol