Daily Calendar for Sunday, February 27, 2022

To remind people of the approach of Lent and Easter, the three Sundays immediately preceding Shrove Tuesday were observed as Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima -- Latin for 70th, 60th, and 50th, respectively, indicating roughly the number of days left from each of those Sundays to Easter.

Born

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow(poet)
  • Laura Elizabeth Richards(writer)
  • William Demarest(actor)
  • John Steinbeck(novelist)
  • James Thomas Farrel(novelist)
  • Peter DeVries(author)
  • Eric Sloane(artist)
  • Joan Bennet(actress)
  • Irwin Shaw(novelist)
  • Joanne Woodward(actress)
  • Elizabeth Taylor(actress)
  • Sonia Johnson(feminist)
  • Peter Jeffery Revson(auto racer)
  • Howard Hesseman(actor)
  • Donal Logue(actor)
  • Chelsea Clinton(daughter of U.S. President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton)
  • Josh Groban(singer)

Died

  • S.I. Hayakawa(scholar and former Senator)
  • Lillian Gish(actress)
  • Spike Milligan(comedian)
  • Fred Rogers(host of the PBS children's show, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood)
  • William F. Buckley Jr.(writer & founder of National Review)
  • Frank W. Buckles(last surviving U.S. WW I veteran; he was 110 years old)
  • Leonard Nimoy(actor)

Events

  • During the American Revolutionary War, Loyalists were defeated in the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, North Carolina
  • First Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans
  • Saccharin was discovered
  • 22nd Constitutional Amendment, enforcing term limits, ratified. (Limits U.S. presidents to two terms.)
  • The 22nd Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, stipulating a maximum of two consecutive presidential terms
  • Edwin Land granted patent for self-developing film
  • 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.
  • Italian government asked public for ideas on how to save the leaning Tower of Pisa
  • 16-year-old Tiger Woods, youngest PGA golfer in 35 years, teed off in L.A. Open
  • A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck about 125 miles north of London, England
  • An 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Chile
  • Nine-foot tall bronze sculpture of civil rights activist Rosa Parks unveiled in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

Weather

  • Amenia, North Dakota, had its first above-zero reading in 47 days.
  • 61-mph winds, Nantucket, Mass.
  • Nine and a half inches of snow fell at Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 103 degrees Fahrenheit, Laredo, Texas

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